Country Singer, Songwriter Great Has Died

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Charting his own hit between 1969 and 1977 and working with other greats such as  George Jones, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Rebe McIntyre, and Charley Pride, you’ll surely remember this great of country music.

Norro Wilson, one of country music’s  most successful writers and producers, and Scottsville, Kentucky native passed away Thursday (June 8) at the age of 79 after a recent stay in hospice care, according to media reports.

In 1969, he co-wrote (with “Delta Dawn” tunesmith Alex Harvey) the David Houston hit, “Baby, Baby (I Know You’re a Lady),” which logged four weeks atop the country chart. His greatest success as a songwriter followed when he co-penned (with producer Billy Sherrill) the 1974 Grammy-winning hit, “A Very Special Love Song,” for Charlie Rich. The pair, along with Rory Bourke, had also written Rich’s crossover smash, “The Most Beautiful Girl.” Among the many songs he wrote or co-wrote are “A Picture of Me (Without You),” cut by George Jones and remade by Lorrie Morgan, and “The Door” and “The Battle” for Jones, as well as “He Loves Me All the Way” and “Another Lonely Song” for Wynette. With Tony Brown, Wilson co-produced the 1995 LP, One, which reunited the formerly married Jones and Wynette on record.

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