Jean Shepard

Jean Shepard Brief Biography

Jean Shepard
Ollie Imogene "Jean" Shepard (November 21, 1933 - September 25, 2016) was an American honky tonk singer-songwriter who pioneered for women in country music. Shepard released a total of 73 singles to the Hot Country Songs chart, one of which reached the No. 1 spot. She recorded a total of 24 studio albums between 1956 and 1981, and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955.

After Kitty Wells' 1952 breakthrough, Shepard quickly followed, and a national television gig and the Opry helped make her a star when few female country singers had enduring success. Her first hit, "A Dear John Letter", a 1953 duet with Ferlin Husky, was the first post-World War II record by a woman country artist to sell more than a million copies.

Jean Shepard News

• Jean Shepard, Country Music Hall of Famer, dead at age 82
• Reba McEntire, Bobby Braddock bound for Country Music Hall of Fame

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