Country Music Revue's Johnnie High Passes Away At 80
March 18, 2010 at 1:14 PM (PT)
JOHNNIE HIGH, former host of JOHNNIE HIGH’S COUNTRY MUSIC REVUE, passed away WEDNESDAY (3/17) of congestive heart failure at the age of 80. HIGH hosted the COUNTRY MUSIC REVUE for more than 30 years and helped launch the careers of Country artists like LeANN RIMES, GARY MORRIS, THE DIXIE CHICKS and LEE ANN WOMACK.
Longtime friend BILL MACK of FORT WORTH, TX said: "It's hard to let go of a man who has done so much for this industry. He was determined to help people get into one of the most complex businesses in the world. His shows always had a lot of class."
HIGH’s granddaughter ASHLEY SMITH performed from age eight onstage with her grandfather and has been hosting the show with him for several years. HIGH hadn't been to the revue for a month, SMITH said, but before that he was seated in the front row every SATURDAY although he could no longer be onstage.
Funeral arrangement were incomplete as of WEDNESDAY (3/17) night, but SMITH said the revue will be dark on SATURDAY (3/20) night.
SMITH said: “We decided it was about Pa-Paw now, so we'll have a weekend to remember him and not have a show.”
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