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Find out the heartbreaking 9/11 story that still plagues this country legend Vince Bucci/Invision/AP
Dwight Yoakam speaks during the American Country Countdown Awards at the Forum on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

You likely know the names of members of your favorite artist’s band. You might even know who his/her manager is or, possibly, what record label he/she is on, but unless you’re a super fan, there are just some behind-the-scenes folks in an artist’s career that you may not be as familiar with. One of those may be the person who directs the music videos.

In reality, those video directors are among the most important to an artist’s career. Their work helps to create images, sometimes of iconic proportions, that lend themselves to an artist’s overall brand. Their vision, creativity and artistry lasts as long as the songs. And, if they’ve done their work right, they challenge our imaginations with their ability to match or enhance the lyrics. They’re are artists, too.

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Dwight Yoakam can certainly tap his brim to the artist behind his iconic videos for ?Ain’t That Lonely Yet,? ?A Thousand Miles From Nowhere? and ?Fast As You? ? Carolyn Mayer-Beug, who sadly passed away on Sept. 11 in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Carolyn and Dwight actually co-directed ?Ain’t That Lonely? and ?A Thousand Miles,? but the country legend turned the reins over to Carolyn for ?Fast As You? to direct it solo. The first two videos showed a more pensive, reflective Dwight, spotlighting the singer’s strong visual image and visually interesting, textured backdrops, while the last brought a live-show energy to the video and positioned the icon as a true sex symbol.

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Carolyn, who also produced a video for rock stars Van Halen and served as the senior vice-president of Walt Disney Records, left behind a husband, twin daughters and a son.

We remember Dwight, his team and Carolyn’s family during this sad anniversary.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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