Monday, October 29, 2007
Country star Wagoner dies at 80
Porter Wagoner enjoyed a revival towards the end of his career
Country musician Porter Wagoner, who helped launch the career of Dolly Parton, has died in Nashville aged 80 after suffering lung cancer.
The singer, famed for his rhinestone suits, had his own US TV show which ran for 21 years until 1981.
From 1967-74, Parton performed duets with Wagoner until finding worldwide fame as a solo singer.
In 2002 he was inducted into the the Country Hall of Fame and marked his 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry in May.
Pete Fisher, general manager of the famous Nashville concert hall, said: "His passion for the Opry and all of country music was truly immeasurable."