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Music Legend and Missouri Native Porter Wagoner is Dead


Country music legend and Missouri native Porter Wagoner has died. The 80-year-old performer known for his trademark rhinestone suits and songs of despair died in Nashville Sunday of lung cancer. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Country music legend and Missouri native Porter Wagoner has died.

The 80-year-old performer known for his trademark rhinestone suits and songs of despair died in Nashville Sunday of lung cancer.

Wagoner was born in West Plains, Missouri and became known as "The Thin Man from West Plains." Laurel Thompson worked at KWPM in West Plains September, 1951, about the time that KWTO, a local radio station in Springfield recruited Wagoner. Thompson recalls that before that, Wagoner's radio career started at the local butcher shop.

It was when Thompson was working at KWPM that he met Porter Wagoner.

Thompson says there's a reason that Wagoner's music resonated with people.

One of those songs that resonated with people was this one: (music)

Johnny Mullins, Melinda Mullins' father wrote Company's Comin'. She explains how her father first met Porter Wagoner.

It was 1954 that Johnny Mullins met Porter Wagoner and it was that same year, Melinda Mullins says that her father wrote Company's Comin'.

Porter Wagoner's final album, Wagonmaster was released in June and earned him some of the best reviews of his career. A career built on music that reflected the Ozarks.