Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hank Cochran, R. I. P.

Hank Cochran, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 74 - The Boot: "Hank Cochran, the legendary songwriter who penned such classic tunes as 'I Fall to Pieces' for Patsy Cline, 'Make the World Go Away' by Eddy Arnold, and George Strait's 'Ocean Front Property' and 'The Chair,' died at his Hendersonville, Tenn., home north of Nashville Thursday morning (July 15). He was 74.
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Born Garland Perry Cochran, in Isola, Miss., Hank formed a duo with early rock 'n' roll star Eddie Cochran, called the Cochran Brothers (although the two were not related). He also worked in the oilfields and picked olives in California, before moving to Nashville in 1960 and teaming with another songwriting icon, Harlan Howard, to write one of the biggest hits of Patsy Cline's career, 'I Fall to Pieces.' Patsy also recorded Hank's songs 'She's Got You' and 'Why Can't He Be You.' Hank also encouraged his publishing company, Pamper Music, to sign a young songwriter named Willie Nelson."

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I gotta stop reading your blog, Bill. Too many of my heroes are dying, and I always seem to learn about that here.

Bill Crider said...

Cochran was one of the greats, for sure.