NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Family, friends, and fans gathered Wednesday to remember Grand Ole Opry legend Jimmy C. Newman.
The public service was held inside the historic Ryman Auditorium. It was followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family.
The 86-year-old singer passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956.
Newman had just performed at the Opry on June 6 with his band, Cajun Country.
He was perhaps 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."
In addition to being a member of the Cajun Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.Previous Story: