Australian country music veteran Reg Lindsay has died, aged 79.
He died in a Newcastle hospital this afternoon after a battle with
pneumonia, according to his family, the Nine Network reported.
Lindsay won three Golden Guitars and wrote more than 500 songs during his
long career that also included two long-running television shows -
The Reg Lindsay Country Hour and Reg Lindsay Country Homestead.
He also experienced some success in the United States and was the first Australian
to be officially recognised with a plaque on Nashville's Walkway of Stars.
Lindsay suffered a cerebral haemorrhage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival
After a long rehabilitation period, he then suffered a heart attack and underwent
a triple bypass.
One of the songs he is best remembered for is Armstrong, which was his tribute
to the American astronauts and their historic moon landing and was his
first big hit on the pop charts in 1971.
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