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Music_feature81 Porter Wagoner 1927-2007

US country legend Porter Wagoner has died in Nashville at the age of 80. He had been battling lung cancer. As one of the Grand Ole Opry’s most cherished stars, the Nudie-suited Wagoner presented his own TV show for 21 years between 1960 and 1981, galvanising the career of Dolly Parton (his most famous vocal partner) in the process. Earlier this year, he had returned to the stage, supporting The White Stripes at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

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Pete Fisher, the manager of the hallowed Nashville auditorium, said: "His passion for the Opry and all the country music was truly immeasurable", while fellow country star Dierks Bentley added, "The loss of Porter is a great loss for the Grand Ole Opry and for country music, and personally it is a great loss of a friend I was just getting to know."

Here's Wagoner and Parton in their rhinstoned prime on The Porter Wagoner Show in 1973.

Run That By Me One More Time

- Keith Richards has been out over the weekend adding the sound of his "marching, charging feet" to a parade protesting possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones' riffmaster was joined by 15,000 other protestors as they wended their way through the streets of Chichester on Saturday. New NHS restructuring plans will mean that only one of the three currently functioning West Sussex hospitals will remain open. Richards has owned Redlands - his infamous West Wittering residence and site of rock's most notorious drug bust - since the mid '60s. A spokeswoman for the 63-year-old said: "Keith Richards is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard's Hospital."

- You can download a free track from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' new album Raising Sand, by heading over to The Telegraph site. Do just that by clicking here.

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