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1944: Country singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt is born in Fort Worth, Texas. He was notorious for his drug addictions and alcoholism before dying on Jan. 1, 1997, at the age of 52 in Smyrna, Tenn., from health problems stemming from his years of substance abuse. Although he struggled to find commercial success while alive, the 2000s saw a resurgence of interest in his music. Today, many of his songs, including "Pancho and Lefty," "If I Needed You," "To Live is to Fly" and "No Place to Fall," are considered standards of their genre.