July 26, 1995 in Nation/World

Country Singer Charlie Rich Dies

Compiled From Wire Services

Charlie Rich, the silver-haired country singer whose popularity peaked in the mid-‘70s and is best remembered for his hits “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl,” died Tuesday. He was 62.

Rich, who had struggled with alcoholism throughout his career, died in a Hammond, La., motel where he and his wife, Margaret, had stopped for the night during a trip to Florida. The cause of death was not immediately determined.

Dubbed the “Silver Fox” because of his hair that turned white when he was 23, Rich was selected by the Country Music Association of America as male vocalist of the year in 1973 and entertainer of the year in 1974. His album “Behind Closed Doors” was chosen best album of the year in 1973, and his “A Very Special Love Song” won the same honor in 1974.

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