Jan Howard of 'Grand Ole Opry' Fame Dies at 91

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the country music industry lost Jan Howard, who was a singer, songwriter, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The star passed away in Gallatin, Tennessee at the age of 91.

The Grand Ole Opry paid tribute to the late country legend and its March 28 broadcast was dedicated to Howard. The organization wrote, in part: "You're forever a Grand Lady of the Opry and of our hearts.”

In 1971, the country music star officially joined the Opry. She was the oldest living member of the country music institution.

Jan Howard at Grand Ole Opry on May 18, 2007 | Photo: Wikimedia/Albert Herring

Jan Howard at Grand Ole Opry on May 18, 2007 | Photo: Wikimedia/Albert Herring

Grand Ole Opry mourns Howard’s death

In a statement, Opry’s Vice President and executive producer, Dan Rogers, honored the late star. Rogers called Howard "a force of nature in country music, at the Opry, and in life," adding:

"We were all so lucky so many nights to hear her voice on stage and to catch up with her backstage. We’re all better for having had her in our lives.”

Kicking off her music career

The singer’s first country hit was "The One You Slip Around With." The song was written by Fuzzy Owen and Howard's third husband, Harlan Howard.

In 1960, the track reached the top and kicked off Howard’s career. She and her third husband moved to Nashville, where she recorded "Evil on Your Mind," "Bad Seed," and "My Son.

A song about her son

The last song was about a letter she wrote to her son while he was serving in Vietnam. In 1968, Howard's son, Jimmy, was killed while in battle.

She was also famous for songs like "Too Many Teardrops Too Late" and “Just As I Am.” The singer earned Grammy nominations for "Evil On Your Mind" and "My Son.”

Who survived Jan

The star previously collaborated with Bill Anderson on duets like "For Loving You" and "He's Got the Whole World." According to “Billboard,” Howard is survived by one of her three sons, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

David Schramm’s death

In other news, David Schramm has died at age 73. The Acting Company’s Margot Harley announced the sad news on Sunday.

Schramm is best known for acting as airline rival Roy Biggins on the NBC comedy "Wings."

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