10 Country Singers We Wish Were Still Alive
There are many, many tales in the music industry of artists passing away prematurely and country music is no different. There have been many terrible tragedies in country music in the form of artists leaving us far too soon, but whether they died young, or lived a fruitful life with a successful career, there is a never-ending list of singers we’d like to bring back. Whether it be because they left us too soon, or we feel like they had more to offer, here’s a list of 10 country singers we wish were still alive!
10. Mindy McCready
The story of Mindy McCready’s untimely death is truly tragic. She left this world far too soon after she passed away from what was reported to be a self-inflicted gun wound in 2013. During the peak of her career she’d recorded country hits like “Ten Thousand Angels,” “You’ll Never Know,” and “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What A Girl’s Gotta Do).” She made many brave attempts to tackle her issues head on by sharing them with her fans and even going so far as joining the cast of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, but the weight of her personal troubles became too much. Even though she hadn’t charted a single for over 10 years prior to her death in 2013, we’re confident she could have staged a comeback in her career and turned her life around.
9. Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty has one of the most memorable voices in country music and it was made even better when he teamed up with Loretta Lynn for their famous duet “After The Fire Is Gone.” Twitty started out as a rock n’ roll artist, but moved to country music in the mid-’60s and released a string of popular hits like “Next in Line,” “Hello Darlin'” and “You’ve Never Been This Far Before.” He had 50 singles earn a No. 1 ranking throughout his career and would’ve had even more had he not died in the ’90s. In 1993 he was rushed to the hospital after falling ill during a performance and died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 59. His death came only two months before the release of his last album, Final Touches.