GRAMMY Nominee Chet Flippo Dies
GRAMMY-nominated album country music journalist Chet Flippo died June 19. He was 69. A cause of death was not announced. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Flippo is credited for helping boost the profile of country music with his coverage of artists such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, among others. He began his career as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone while earning a master's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Flippo subsequently became the magazine's New York bureau chief in 1974, and a senior editor in 1977. After relocating to Nashville in 1995, he began a five-year run as Billboard's Nashville bureau chief. He spent the last 12 years of his career with Country Music Television, where he served as editorial director. Flippo published several biographies, including Your Cheatin' Heart: A Biography Of Hank Williams (1981) and Yesterday: The Unauthorized Biography Of Paul McCartney (1988). He was nominated for a GRAMMY in 1973 for Best Album Notes for his contribution to Jennings' Lonesome, On'ry & Mean.