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Initially turned down by Music Row, Travis found success in the mid-1980s and became a pivotal and important figure in country music. Initially considered too country, his deep-voice traditional style inspired millions to buy his albums and artists like Alan Jackson to follow his lead.

He’s charted 16 No. 1 country singles and remains an influence for many in Nashville.

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Associated Press Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report from Dallas and AP Music Writer Chris Talbott assisted from Nashville, Tenn.