Coun­try singer Jean Shep­ard dies at age 82

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jean Shep­ard, “the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry” who had a long record­ing ca­reer as an in­flu­en­tial fe­male in coun­try mu­sic, died Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to an Opry spokes­woman. Shep­ard was 82.

Spokes­woman Jessie Sch­midt said in a news re­lease that Shep­ard had en­tered hos­pice care last week and died in Nashville.

Shep­ard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the stan­dard for women in coun­try mu­sic, choos­ing to tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group.

She pre­sented a strong fe­male point of view on songs like “Twice the Lovin’ in Half the Time” and “The Root of All Evil (Is a Man).”

Shep­ard was in­ducted into the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2011. She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Benny Birch­field, and three sons.

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