Billboard.com reporst country singer Jimmy C. Newman was in a hospital in Nashville when he passed away on Saturday. He was 86. The Louisiana native began a music career in the 1940s that was inspired by both the Cajun songs and “Hillbilly Music” he heard as a child. Jimmy had his first success with the 1954 hit “Cry, Cry Darling,” which peaked at number four and earned him a regular spot on the “Louisiana Hayride.” More top ten hits followed, including “Daydreamin’,” “Blue Darlin’,” and “Seasons Of My Heart,” along with an invitation in 1956 to join the Grand Ole Opry. Newman continued to log hits throughout the ’50s and ’60s. He even enjoyed a little crossover success with 1957’s “A Fallen Star,” which went to number to on the country chart and peaked at number 23 on the Hot 100.
In the ’70s Newman returned to his Cajun roots — his middle initial stood for “Cajun.” While Jimmy didn’t enjoy the same commercial success with his later work, he still continued to make records, tour, and play the Opry, and in 2006 he celebrated his 50th anniversary as an Opry member. His 1991 album “Alligator Man,” was nominated for a Grammy, while his last release was 2012’s “Jimmy C. Newman Sings Swamp Country.”