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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77.

A news release from the Opry says Hamilton died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital after a heart attack.

Hamilton had been an Opry member since 1960, when he made the switch from pop music to country. He said the decision came after catching a performance of the Opry at Ryman Auditorium. Hamilton worked with producer Chet Atkins on a number of hits and scored his first country No. 1 with "Abilene" in 1963.



He brought country music to Russia and Czechoslovakia and recorded the first country album in Eastern Europe. Over the years, he hosted country-themed television shows in Britain and Canada.


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Published in The Tennessean on September 19, 2014
George Hamilton IV Franklin, TN Mr. George Hamilton IV, age 77 of Franklin, TN, September 17, 2014. Services are incomplete at this time. Full obituary to follow. Read Obituary
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