Opry star had 42 chart hits.

Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky died today (Sept. 23) following a lengthy illness. He was 74.

Atlanta-born Drusky studied veterinary medicine at Emory University before embarking on a music career. He placed 42 songs on Billboard's country singles chart between 1960 and 1977, including "Anymore," "Three Hearts in a Tangle," "Dixie Lily" and "Yes, Mr. Peters," a duet with Pricilla Mitchell that spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1965.

Drusky joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1958. During his career, he hosted a radio show on WEAS in Decatur, Ga., and appeared in two films, "The Golden Guitar" and "Forty-Acre Feud."

Funeral arrangements for Drusky have not been set, but there will be a memorial service at a future date, according to an Opry spokesperson.

It has been a tough week for the Grand Ole Opry family -- veteran member Skeeter Davis died Sept. 19.

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