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Guy Clark, dead at 74

Judith Lynch

Texas folk musician Guy Clark has died. News of his death was announced via his Facebook page.

The gravelly voiced singer-songwriter released more than 20 albums during his career, which began in 1971 when he signed a publishing deal and moved from Houston, Texas, to Nashville, Tenn.

While never a tremendous commercial success with his own material, Clark was a songwriter's songwriter. Clark's songs were covered by a notable list of musicians that includes Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, John Denver and Vince Gill. Skaggs earned Clark his first ever number one song with his version of "Heartbroke" in 1982. In 2014, Clark won the Grammy for best folk album with his 14th and final studio album, My Favourite Picture Of You.

Clark suffered a series of health issues in recent years, losing three toes as a result of diabetes, having both knees replaced and undergoing a sinus operation that eliminated his sense of smell. He was also diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006. He was 74.