Songwriting Genius Hank Cochran Passes Away

On 07-15-2010
at 6:49 pm

Another country music great has left us. Hank Cochran lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74 years old. This year was tough on Hank, not only did he have intermittent battles with cancer, but also had an aortic aneurysm the size of a grapefruit removed in April. Hank Cochran will go down as a country legend, and an expert songsmith. He wrote or co-wrote such classics as Eddy Arnold’s “Make The World Go Away,” George Strait’s “The Chair,” and “I Fall To Pieces.” Whatever Music Row threw at him, he adapted to the changing times. Whether it was Honky Tonk or the Nashville Sound, he catered his songwriting to fit that particular sound. He will be missed.

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2 Responses to “Songwriting Genius Hank Cochran Passes Away”

  1. Posted by Briguy on August 18th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Since this blog entry was published, we have also lost George Richey, a songwriter/record producer and the widower of Tammy Wynette. He died July 31 (no place given) and the news was reported several weeks after his death. He wrote Wynette’s 1976 massive hit “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own” and two of George Jones’ best songs – “(A Picture of Me) Without You” (later covered by Lorrie Morgan) and “The Grand Tour.” He also produced material for Wynette, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James and many others. See the link to read more.

  2. Posted by Ray SEA on October 6th, 2010 at 5:21 am

    not many “true” country singers left..

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