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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.


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