Patrick Haggerty: Country frontman and pioneering gay country musician dies aged 78

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Band’s self-titled debut album is widely considered to be the first openly gay country record

Country musician Patrick Haggerty has died aged 78, after suffering a stroke earlier this year.

The singer and guitarist was best known as the frontman of Lavender Country, a group whose 1973 self-titled debut album is widely regarded to be “the first openly gay country record ever released”.

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