Chet Flippo Dead At 69

(Radio.com) The world of country music just lost one of its best writers and most well-respected voices. Author Chet Flippo passed away early Wednesday morning (June 19) in Nashville. He was 69.

The Fort Worth, Texas, native has been a champion of country music–as well as rock, pop, and other styles–for decades. He wrote such acclaimed books as Your Cheatin' Heart: A Biography of Hank Williams, On the Road With the Rolling Stones, and the anthology Everybody Was Kung-Fu Dancing. He also wrote books on Paul McCartney and David Bowie, among others.

Flippo was well-loved by many across the spectrum of country music, including Taylor Swift, who called him "one of my favorite journalists" in a Tweet she posted yesterday:

"We've lost Chet Flippo, one of my favorite journalists, who devoted his life to writing about music from a place of integrity. So sad. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 19, 2013"

As a writer and editor at Rolling Stone in the 1970s, Flippo helped new generations of rock fans understand the breadth and depth of a genre that many knew little about. More than a few music fans were turned onto the music of artists like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings thanks to Flippo (who was a lifelong fan and champion of the '70s Outlaw sound). more on this story

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