Ned Miller, who was a well-respected songwriter in the country music community, has passed away at the age of 90.
Miller passed away on March 18, 2016 in Medford, Oregon. His death was just announced by his wife and fellow songwriter, Sue, on Wednesday (May 3) The New York Times reports.
His first album From a Jack to a King, which was released in 1963, featured a re-release of his single of the same title, which was previously released without much success six years earlier. The re-release was a different story, and it peaked at the second spot on the Billboard country charts.
"From a Jack to a King" ended up becoming Miller's greatest hit, and was recorded by many notable artists in later years, including Elvis Presley.
Although Miller started off his career as a singer, he much preferred songwriting. He was known for having terrible stage fright, and eventually stopped performing due to his shyness about appearing on stage.
Songwriting was Miller's true passion and source of confidence. Over the years he penned songs recorded by music greats such as Bing Crosby, Bonnie Guitar, and Ricky Van Shelton. Some of his other memorable songs include "Dark Moon," "A Falling Star," and "Cave In," all of which were recorded by country artists.
Miller is survived by his wife, their children, Lynda, Karen, Rhonda, Leslie, and Jack, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his sister, Bonnie Powell.
Country music lost an incredible talent in Miller. Tune in to the video below to listen to his signature song "From a Jack to a King."
Our prayers go out to all of Miller's family and loved ones during this sad time.
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