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Maggie Roche of The Roches sister vocal trio dies at 65

Maggie Roche, the folk-rock singer-songwriter who since the mid-1970s had performed and recorded as a trio and in pairs with her two sisters, has died.

Roche died of cancer, according to a statement posted online Saturday by her sister and bandmate Suzzy Roche. She was 65.

Growing up in Park Ridge, New Jersey, eldest sister Maggie formed a duo with middle sister Terre, and while touring, they caught the attention of Paul Simon, who brought them in as backup singers for his hit 1973 album, "There Goes Rhymin' Simon."

In 1975, they released an album of their own. Shortly after that, youngest sister Suzzy joined to form The Roches trio. The voices of this threesome blended majestically, with Maggie's rich contralto balanced by Terre's soprano and Suzzy filling in the mid-range.

They played Greenwich Village folk venues and, in 1979, released the well-received "The Roches," the first of their dozen albums as a trio, and were booked on "Saturday Night Live."

With "We," the first song of that debut album, they charmingly introduced themselves, with acoustic guitar backup, to the listening world:

"We are Maggie and Terre and Suzzy. /

"Maggie and Terre and Suzzy Roche. /

"We don't give out our ages, and we don't give out our phone numbers. /

"Sometimes our voices give out. But not our ages and our phone numbers. / .

"And as a point of interest, we spell our name R-O-C-H-E."

Their final studio album, "Moonswept," would be released in 2007. Maggie also recorded albums as a duo with sister Suzzy.

Maggie and her sisters would never be a big draw or huge sellers. But their unique sound and sensibility, plus their endearing quirkiness, was cherished by a devoted following over the decades.

The statement from Suzzy Roche, who, with Terre, survives her, describes their "dear, beautiful sister Maggie" as "a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love and talent . a brilliant songwriter, with a distinct unique perspective, all heart and soul."

Carrie Underwood Earns 25th No. 1 with 'Dirty Laundry'

Carrie Underwood’s roster of No. 1s just became 25 deep with her latest hit, “Dirty Laundry.” The singer just earned the No. 1 spot with the song on the country radio charts, marking her fourth No. 1 from Storyteller alone. Written by Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell and Hillary Lindsey, the song is a feisty track about adultery and betrayal that Underwood sings with conviction — though she and husband Mike Fisher are happily married. Continue reading…

10 New Country Artists to Watch in 2017

Keep your eyes on these new country artists in 2017!

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LoCash 'Blessed and Thankful' for Their Success

LoCash's Preston Brust and Chris Lucas talk to The Boot about their recent successes, and their current single, "Ring on Every Finger."

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Dierks Bentley Extends 2017 What the Hell Tour

Dierks Bentley will continue to hit the road all summer long in 2017, announcing a new leg to his What the Hell Tour.

The new dates serve as an addition to an already jam-packed touring schedule, with the extended tour taking the "Black" singer all across the country to major cities including Boston, Mass...

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Country star Crystal Gayle inducted in Grand Ole Opry

Country music legend Crystal Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, nearly a half-century after she first walked onto its stage to perform as a teenager.

Gayle's sister, country luminary Loretta Lynn, inducted her into the country music institution during a Saturday night ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium.

The honor comes almost 50 years after Gayle made her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing "Ribbon of Darkness" at the Ryman when she was just 16. The Ryman hosted the radio show from 1943 to 1974.

"I was very nervous, and I probably stood there and held on really tight and sang my song," Gayle recalled during an interview backstage on Saturday, a few hours before the ceremony.

She brought along with her the shiny silver dress she wore during that very first performance, the one her mother made for her. She planned to bring it out on stage to show the audience, she said.

It was Lynn coming down with a cold that day, as Gayle remembers, that offered the opportunity for her to perform since her sister wasn't feeling well.

After she signed her first recording contract, her debut single, "I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes" was written by Lynn.

Today, Gayle has fond memories of the Ryman Auditorium when it hosted the Opry — not only when she performed there, but also attending Lynn's performances.

"I got to just roam the halls," she said while flashing a bright smile. She even crawled across the catwalk high above the stage lights, she recalled.

Now, all those years after hanging out in the Ryman when Lynn performed and then taking the stage herself, the fact that her sister was tapped to induct her into the Grand Ole Opry "means a lot in so many ways," Gayle said.

Gayle's 1977 hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" is among her most memorable. It was the song that "opened the world's eyes to Crystal Gayle," according to her biography on her official website.

"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" also secured for her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Over the years, many fans — including many women — have reached out to Gayle to tell her how her music has inspired them.

"The things that touch me are the ones that say my music has healed them in different ways, that they can get through a rough time in their life," she said. "That means a lot to me."

11 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood's 'Jesus, Take the Wheel' Hits No. 1

On Jan. 21, 2006, Carrie Underwood earned a No. 1 hit with her debut single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

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Lady Antebellum Reveal Another Artist Had Eyes for 'You Look Good'

Lady Antebellum is spilling all the details on their fiery new single, "You Look Good," including which star wanted to record it before them.

In an exclusive interview with Taste of Country, the superstar trio talk about how their confidence has grown over time and is reflected in the new song, which Charles Kelley calls "youthful" and high energy...

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Songwriter Shane McAnally (Officially) Ties the Knot

Songwriter Shane McAnally and his partner, Michael McAnally Baum, legally wed on Jan. 20, 2017, after unofficially tying the knot in 2012.

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Darius Rucker Honored by St. Jude for Long-time Support

Darius Rucker was honored by St. Jude Children’s Hospital for his long-time commitment to supporting the organization with his time, talent and contributions over the years. The singer was given the Randy Owen Angels Among Us award, which recognizes individuals who have “made exceptional and lasting contributions” to St. Jude through their “unique commitment and humanitarian spirit,” according to the news release. Continue reading…

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