MEL MCDANIEL PASSES AWAY

Mel McDaniel, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, who was best-known for his 1981 hit, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On,” died March 31 at age 68 after battling cancer, according to media reports.

A native of Checotah, Okla., Mel moved to Nashville and landed jobs as a demo singer and songwriter before signing to Capitol Records in 1976.

He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1986 and also scored with “Louisiana Saturday Night” and “Stand Up,” among other hits.

Despite his condition, he was able to participate in the Opry’s 85th anniversary last fall.

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