Jack McFadden

Jack McFadden, who managed the careers of country music stars Billy Ray Cyrus, Buck Owens and Keith Whitley, died Tuesday of liver cirrhosis in Nashville. He was 71.

His death came the day after Cyrus won five trophies at the TNN Music City Awards. McFadden is credited with getting Cyrus his first record contract, for the album “Achy Breaky Heart” in 1992.

McFadden managed Owens’ career for more than three decades and acted as talent coordinator for the television show “Hee-Haw.”

He also managed Whitley until the singer died in 1989, and oversaw the careers of Lorry Morgan, Sonny James, Freddie Hart, David Frizell & Shelly West, Gene Watson, Eddy Raven and Merle Haggard.

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