Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm Due!

Maybe there was something in the water, but living on the cul-de-sac where I grew up were four future members of the Country Music Hall of Fame: George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Bobby Bare Sr. and, as of today, Hank Cochran.

Congratulations, Hank!

Although he was a recording artist for nearly thirty years with seven chart hits, I think of Cochran primarily as a songwriter. He wrote several number one country hits including Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," Eddy Arnold's "Make the World Go Away," George Strait's "Ocean Front Property" and Ronnie Milsap's ""Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)."

While hanging out at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, he discovered a singer-songwriter named Willie Nelson and immediately urged his record company to sign him.

Cochran passed away in 2010.

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