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- The Legendary Singer-songwriter Jan Howard has passed away at age 91.
- The Opry released a statement announcing the chart-topping hitmaker’s death, revealing that she died on Saturday in Gallatin, Tennessee.
- The celebrated singer is being showered with tributes pouring in social media all over.
- One can’t help but look back at the life Howard had lived, or endured if you will.
- Born as Lula Grace Johnson in 1930, Jan was the eighth of the 11 children being raised in by an impoverished farm couple.
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The legendary singer-songwriter Jan Howard passed away Saturday in Gallatin, Tennessee at the age of 91, according to the Grand Ole Opry.
She was born Lula Grace Johnson in 1930, the eighth of the 11 children of an impoverished farm couple during the Great Depression. Raised near West Plains, MO, she was enthralled by Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts as a girl and fantasized about being a country singer.
In the Opry statement announcing the chart-topping hitmaker’s death, revealing that she died on Saturday in Gallatin, Tennessee. But as the celebrated singer is being showered with tributes pouring in social media all over, one can’t help but look back at the life Howard had lived; or endured, if you will.
Jan Howard Dies At 91
Jan’s music career launched in 1960 with her first major country hit “The One You Slip Around With.” That led to more than 20 Top 40 solo singles including “Evil on Your Mind,” “Bad Seed,” and “Count Your Blessings, Woman.” Her single “My Son” began as a letter to her son Jimmy in Vietnam, who was killed in action in 1968. Many years later, her work with the armed forces, mental health, the Veterans Administration, Vietnam veterans, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earned her the Tennessee Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal, its highest civilian honor. In 2005, the Commander in Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented her with the Medal of Merit, which is awarded for “exceptional service rendered to country, community and mankind.”
Jan’s big solo hits included “The One You Slip Around With” (1960), “Bad Seed” (1966) and the Grammy-nominated singles “Evil On Your Mind” (1966) and “My Son” (1968). While working on the West Coast, she recorded such 1958-60 duets as “Wrong Company,” “How the Other Half Lives” and “Yankee Go Home” with Wynn Stewart.
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Jan Howard was an American country music singer, songwriter and author. As a singer, she placed 30 singles on the Billboard country songs chart, was a Grand Ole Opry member and was nominated for several major awards. As a writer, she wrote poems and published an autobiography.
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