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Chet Flippo, 69, music journalist was advocate for country music

Chet Flippo | AP

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Updated: July 22, 2013 6:43PM

NASHVILLE — Chet Flippo, 69, a music journalist whose career spanned nearly four decades, died Wednesday morning at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville after an illness.

Mr. Flippo was a longtime journalist and author of several books focused on the music industry. For the last decade, Mr. Flippo served as the editorial director of CMT and

He was born October 21, 1943, in Fort Worth, Texas, and began his career with Rolling Stone magazine after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin. He became the magazine’s New York bureau chief in 1974 and worked at the magazine through the late 1970s.

Mr. Flippo spent more than a decade writing several books chronicling influential rock and country artists, including works on Hank Williams, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Elvis Presley.

Mr. Flippo was also a lecturer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., becoming the Nashville bureau chief for Billboard magazine.

Survivors include sister Shirley Smith of Brandon, Fla., and brothers Bill Flippo of Saginaw, Texas, and Ernest Flippo of Abbington, Mass.

Mr. Flippo’s wife, noted music journalist and author Martha Hume Flippo, died in December.

Gannett News Service

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