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van Zandt, Townes

Townes Van Zandt, who wrote the country hits "If I Needed You" and "Pancho and Lefty" and gained a cult following for his blues-inspired recordings about life's losers, died on January 1, 1997. He was 52.

National Public Radio has an item with a RealAudio clip about him, including an interview with Nancy Griffith.

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