Singer-songwriter Dennis Payne dies at 71

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Dennis Payne, a singer and songwriter who played a role in the development of the Bakersfield Sound, has died.

Payne died unexpectedly on April 8 in Tennessee following spinal surgery.

He got his start as a teenager playing guitar on the Dave Stogner Show broadcast live in the mid-1960s on channel 17, known then as KYLD.

Payne, whose father, Charlie Payne and Uncle Leon Payne were well known country music songwriters, co-wrote “Highway Patrol” with Bakersfield legend Red Simpson. They were longtime collaborators.

Dennis Payne was 71 years old.

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