NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Performer Clyde Moody, a former Grand Ole Opry regular whose country music career spanned five decades and was capped by his best-selling "Shenandoah Waltz," has died in a Nashville hospital.
He was 74 and had been in and out of Nashville Memorial Hospital for treatment of an aortic aneurysm, but never fully recovered from surgery several weeks ago to correct the problem, said hospital spokeswoman Missy Hubner. He died Friday.
Worked Up to the End
"He performed the night he went to the hospital. He never stopped performing and writing," said Aubrey Mayhew, who published all of Moody's more than 120 compositions and produced his records for 20 years.
Moody, who left his North Carolina mountain home at 14 to play guitar, performed for President Harry S. Truman after his "Shenandoah Waltz" became a million-seller in 1948. He claimed to have worn out 21 Cadillacs traveling and performing throughout the South.