Music writer Chet Flippo, formerly of Knoxville, dies at 69

Chet Flippo

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Chet Flippo

Renowned music writer Chet Flippo, formerly of Knoxville, died today in Nashville. He was 69.

The native of Fort Worth, Texas, died of complications from a brief illness.

Flippo, a veteran of the Vietnam War, rose to fame in the 1970s with Rolling Stone magazine, where he eventually served as Senior Editor.

 Author Chet Flippo is seen at Bookfest on Feb. 21, 1992. He died June 19, 2013, at age 69 in Nashville. (News Sentinel Archive)

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Author Chet Flippo is seen at Bookfest on Feb. 21, 1992. He died June 19, 2013, at age 69 in Nashville. (News Sentinel Archive)

He left Rolling Stone in 1980 and authored books on Hank Williams, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and more.

Flippo was a lecturer in journalism at the University of Tennessee from 1991 to 1994.

He also wrote articles for the New York Times and magazines ranging from Q Magazine of London to TV Guide, and he was the Billboard Nashville Bureau Chief from 1995-2000.

Flippo most recently was the editorial director of CMT and CMT.com. He joined CMT in 2001.

His wife, Martha Hume Flippo, passed away Dec. 17, 2012, and reportedly left Flippo heavy hearted.

From the archives: Chet Flippo: On his own, rock 'n' roll writer enjoys pace of ET after hectic NYC (June 3, 1993)

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