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    Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:45:20

    Jimmy C. Newman Dead 86 - He was a Grand Ole Opry star + member

    Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night (June 21) in Nashville after a brief illness. R.I.P. to Newman, who was 86-years-young.

    A public service will be held Wednesday, June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10AM local time and will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.

    Newman last performed at the Opry on Friday, June 6, 2014 with his band, Cajun Country.

    A brief history: Jimmy C. was born in Mamou, Louisiana in 1927, and in his youth with his brother Walter, helped support his mother and father on their family farm. Jimmy C. and Walter enjoyed singing Jimmie Rogers tunes together. Later, he formed his own band and began enjoying regional success, hosting a show on KPLC-TV in Lake Charles and joining the Louisiana Hayride.

    Jimmy C. was known for mixing Cajun and country music, which was an instant hit with fans. Like most country music performers of the time, his lifelong dream was to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. And that he was.

    Will you check out Jimmy C. Newman's music in light of his passing?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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