12 Facts About Porter Wagoner

1. Porter Wagoner's became part of a well-known vocal duo with him from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

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2. Porter Wagoner was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

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3. Porter Wagoner's syndicated television program, The Porter Wagoner Show, aired from 1960 to 1981.

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4. In 1974, Dolly Parton's song "I Will Always Love You", written about her professional break from Porter Wagoner, went to number one on the country music chart.

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5. Porter Wagoner hosted Opry Backstage during the 1990s on The Nashville Network.

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6. Porter Wagoner made a guest appearance on the HBO comedy series Da Ali G Show in 2004, its second season, interviewed by Borat Sagdiyev.

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7. Porter Wagoner was honored on August 12, 2007, his 80th birthday, at the Grand Ole Opry for his 50 years of membership.

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8. On June 5, 2007, Porter Wagoner released his final album, called Wagonmaster.

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9. Porter Wagoner toured during the summer of 2007 to promote the album, including a late-July appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.

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10. Porter Wagoner was survived by his three children, Richard, Denise and Debra.

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11. Porter Wagoner died from lung cancer in Nashville on October 28, 2007, with his family and Dolly Parton at his side.

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12. Porter Wagoner is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.

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