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Influential Bluegrass musician J.D. Crowe has died

J.D. Crowe
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FILE - Del McCoury, center; Bobby Osborne, left; and J. D. Crowe, right; perform at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards show on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Influential Bluegrass musician J.D. Crowe died early Friday, Dec. 24, 2021 his family announced on social media. The Lexington, Kentucky, native was 84. No cause of death was given.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)



Influential Bluegrass musician J.D. Crowe died early Friday morning, his

family announced on social media. The Lexington, Kentucky, native was

84.

No cause of death was given. Born James Dee Crowe in 1937, his career

spanned more than 50 years and included stints with Jimmy Martin’s Sunny

Mountain Boys, Mac Wiseman and his own band, the Kentucky Mountain

Boys, which later became the New South. According to the Bluegrass Music

Hall of Fame and Museum, his path was set in 1949 when, at the age of

12, he heard Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys play

at a barn dance in Lexington.

Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.