GRAMMY-WINNING SAMMI SMITH DIES

Condolences to the family of singer Sammi Smith, who died Saturday in Oklahoma City, Okla. at age 61. At this time, no cause of death has been given. Sammi won a Grammy in 1970 for her performance of the Kris Kristofferson-penned country classic, "Help Me Make It Through The Night." She was friends with Kris, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson-and married Willie's guitar player, Jody Payne. The couple have a son, Waylon Payne, also an artist. Mother and son shared the stage last summer at the Grand Ole Opry. Also surviving are Sammi's six other children. Memorial services will be held tomorrow at 10 am at the Guardian West Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.

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