Grand Ole Opry Member Jimmy C. Newman Dies At Age 86

Grand Ole Opry Member Jimmy C. Newman Dies At Age 86

CREATED Jun 23, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night following a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956. Newman just performed at the Opry on June 6 with his band, Cajun Country.

Newman was best known for mixing Cajun and country music. Some of his most popular songs included the country tunes "A Fallen Star" and "Cry, Cry, Darling" as well as the Cajun-infused "Diggy Liggy Lo," "Alligator Man," and "Bayou Talk."

He was a member of the Cajun Hall of Fame, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

A public service will be held Wednesday, June 25, at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.

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