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Passings: Country Singer Tony Douglas (1929 - 2013)

Douglas (right) with Jim Reeves
Country singer Tony Douglas, who had three country hits between 1963 and 1973, passed away on Tuesday, January 22 in Athens, TX after a battle with lymphoma. He was 83.

A family spokesman released a statement saying "Tony was suffering from lymphoma and had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks. He passed away peacefully just before midnight. He had been constantly surrounded by his family and friends."

Tony was a singer from a young age and became interested in country music when he started listening to the Grand Ole Opry but he really became hooked on it as a vocation while serving in the Army during the early 50's.

After his discharge, he returned to Texas where he eventually was hired to sing on the Cowtown Hoedown in Ft. Worth. His first single, Old Blue Monday/Echoes of You, was released on the Cowtown Hoedown label.

Douglas later became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride until it closed in 1960. He and his group, the Shrimpers, recorded and toured until they finally broke through to the big times in 1962 with the release of His 'N' Hers. The record went to 23 on the country charts and gave him enough momentum to continue working until 1973, when he once again hit the charts with Thank You For Touching My Life (Country #35) and My Last Day (Country #37).

Douglas continued to record and tour for the rest of his life except for a period of three years in the early 90's with his last album, Saved the Best For Last, being released in 2010.

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