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Country Music Legend Dies

Billy Joe Shaver

Country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote songs like “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train,” and “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” has died. He was 81. Born in Corsicana, Shaver was among the original group of outlaw country artists in the early ’70s, writing songs for Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, and Willie Nelson. He also wrote songs covered by Elvis, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Tex Ritter, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and John Anderson.