Country music is mourning the loss of a huge country icon, this is so heartbreaking.
He was best known for his role as the producer and casting director of CMT show Hee Haw, and now we are mourning his death. Sam Lovullo was an icon and he is now dead at 88-years-old as of Tuesday January 3, 2017.
According to CMT, the longtime producer passed away in the comfort of his own home in Encino, California. Lovullo was born in Buffalo, New York but right after he turned 15 years of age he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment of some sort.
His first big gig was taking on the role as a chief accountant in business affairs for the CBS radio and television network. It wasn’t until about 1967 when he started to get into the production side of entertainment with the The Jonathan Winters Show .
It was here that he rose to be the associate producer and he had the opportunity to meet the writers of the show, John Aylesworth and Frank Peppiatt. This is when it all changed for Lovullo and he was able to really call himself a producer. He joined Aylesworth and Peppiatt and the three of them started Hee Haw.
“In all, he produced 86 episodes of Hee Haw, as well as segments for Nashville Palace and Hee Haw Honeys. The Academy of Country Music presented him its Jim Reeves Memorial Award in 1974, an honor conferred on those who contribute substantially to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.”
After making a name for himself as a producer, Lovullo became part of the board for both the Country Music Association and the Gospel Music Association. After Hee Haw finished it’s run, Lovullo continued to do random films in Nashville even while living in California and in 2001 even produced an all-star benefit concert at the Grand Ole Opry for Johnny Russell.
We are so heartbroken to see him go, and he will truly never be forgotten.
RIP Sam Lovullo.