Mel McDaniel RIP

(Gibson) Country singer Mel McDaniel, whose "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" went to no 1 on the country charts in 1985, passed away at the age of 68.

The Checotah, Oklahoma native had been in poor health for a number of years, having taken a near-fatal stage fall in 1996 and having suffered a heart attack in 2009. The husky-voiced singer was undergoing treatment for cancer at the time of his death.

McDaniel got his start singing for oil-field workers in Anchorage, Alaska. He came to Nashville in the mid-'70s and had his first hit in 1981 with "Louisiana Saturday Night." He recorded "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On," which would be his biggest hit, after both Conway Twitty and John Anderson passed on the track. more on this story

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