The world of country music is mourning the loss of two icons, following the death of Ralph Emery and Dallas Frazier.

Emery, a legendary broadcaster and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died in Nashville on Saturday morning at the age of 88.  His family reported that he passed away peacefully at the Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, surrounded by his loved ones.

Following a career in radio, he made the move to television in 1972, hosting The Ralph Emery Show and giving early introductions to rising stars included the Judds.

Dallas Frazier, best known as the songwriter behind a string of hits including the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira” died on Friday at the age of 82.  He scored his first Grammy nomination for Best Country Song in 1966 for ‘There Goes My Everything’ – a big hit for Jack Greene.  He suffered a stroke in 2021.