Blue Grass Ledgend dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A longtime bluegrass bass player and
singer with Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys has died. Jack
Cooke was 72.

According to a press release Wednesday from Morris Public
Relations, Cooke died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown of
Norton, Va., after collapsing at home.

He joined the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1970 and performed with
the group until being sidelined by health problems early this year.

In 2002, he performed on the Grammy-winning album "Lost in the
Lonesome Pines," a collection headlined by Jim Lauderdale and
Stanley.

Survivors include three sisters and two brothers. Funeral
services will be Thursday in Norton, with burial Friday in Wise
County, Va.

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Cooke's biography on Ralph Stanley's Web site:
http://drralphstanley.com/biography/jackcooke.shtml

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