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Country music publisher Ronnie Gant dies

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Jan 07, 2014 | 3:45pm EST

Country music mogul Ronnie Gant has died at the age of 69. The publisher died on Saturday (04Jan13) at the Centennial Medical Center in his native Nashville, Tennessee. Born Ronald C. Gant, he was the younger brother of singer/producer Don Gant and began his career working at the Acuff-Rose music publishing company. He spent 22 years at the firm, which became a part of the Opryland Music Group, and signed singers like Patty Loveless and Skip Ewing, and songwriting duo Mike Geiger and Woody Mullis, while he famously brought the tune Elvira to The Oak Ridge Boys, earning them a massive hit Stateside and a Grammy Award in 1981. Paying tribute to Gant via Twitter.com on Monday (06Jan13), The Oak Ridge Boys wrote, "It was RONNIE GANT a song plugger for ACUFF ROSE who first thought that ELVIRA should be recorded by the OAK RIDGE BOYS... RIP Ronnie." He also helped the country/gospel quartet score another smash with Thank God for Kids, and later found further career success with the publishing rights to Friends in Low Places, which became a signature song for Garth Brooks.

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