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Jon Hager of The Hagers dies

Sunday, January 11, 2009 – Hee Haw cast member Jon Hager, one-half of the Hagers vocal duo, died Friday, Jan. 9, in his Nashville apartment. Hager, 67. apparently died in his sleep. Hager's brother, Jim, died on May 1, 2008 in Nashville.

The Hagers were on Hee Haw's first episode in 1969 and were on the show until the late 1980's. The brothers signed to Capitol Records in 1969 and had five singles reach the country charts.

The Hagers were raised in Chicago. As teenagers, the twins were regulars on a Saturday morning music show for teens on WGN-TV. They served in the U.S. Army and later moved to California where they played in clubs and Disneyland. Buck Owens attended a Disneyland show and signed them to a management, recording and booking contract. The Hagers also served as the opening act for Owens' concerts.

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