Eddie Montgomery and the late Troy Gentry formed country duo Montgomery Gentry in 1999 after singing together in different bands during much of the 90’s. In total, the group produced six studio albums Tattoos & Scars (1999), Carrying On (2001), My Town (2002), You Do Your Thing (2004), Some People Change (2006), and Back When I Knew It All (2008).
These albums spun-off more than twenty chart singles for the pair on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number 1 hits “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”, “Something to Be Proud Of”, “Lucky Man”, “Back When I Knew It All”, and “Roll with Me”. Ten more of their songs reached the top 10 on the country charts, including the number 3 hit “Gone.” Tattoos & Scars, My Town, and You Do Your Thing are all certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2009, Montgomery Gentry enjoyed the honor of being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Tragically, Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey on Friday, September 8th. Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform at The Flying W Airport & Resort later that day. The band was also planning to release an album of new music in 2018 to mark their 20th anniversary as a duo.
Read the official statement about the incident from the band’s website below:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old.
Details of the crash are unknown.
Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”
Gentry is survived by wife Angie McClure, their 14-year-old daughter Kaylee, and his daughter, Taylor, from a previous marriage.
To honor Troy’s legacy, let’s take a look back at the seven most popular Montgomery Gentry music videos based on YouTube views below!
1) “What Do Ya Think About That”- 13.7 Million Views
2) “Something To Be Proud Of”- 7.2 Million Views
3) “Some People Change”- 3.1 Million Views
4) “Roll With Me”- 3 Million Views
5) “My Town”- 2.7 Million Views
6) “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”- 2.3 Million Views
7) “Speed”- 1.9 Million Views
Be sure to share this list with other Montgomery Gentry fans. Rest in peace, Troy.