Country music pioneer Johnny Wright dies at 97

Associated Press • Sep 27, 2011 at 2:07 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Wright, a country music pioneer who had hits as a singer and guided the career of his wife, Kitty Wells, has died. He was 97.Close family friend Eddie Stubbs says Wright died of natural causes around 1 a.m. Tuesday at his home. Stubbs says he had been in failing health for some time.Wright was a lifelong Nashville resident who came to fame as a member of the country duo Johnnie and Jack, which recorded hits such as "Ashes of Love," ''I Get So Lonely," ''Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and "Poison Love" in the late 1940s and early 1950s.Anglin died in a car crash in 1963, and Johnny then began a solo career with a No. 1 hit "Hello Vietnam," featured in the 1987 movie "Full Metal Jacket."

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