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BREAKING: Famous Nashville Songwriter Passes Away At 78

Charley pride Songs | BREAKING: Famous Nashville Songwriter Passes Away At 78 | Country Music Videos
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Nashville songwriter Ted Harris penned 120 songs for some of the greatest singers in country music before his retirement in 2001, including Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, and Waylon Jennings, just to name a few. 

After such a successful career, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame director Mark Ford announced that Harris passed away on November 22, 2015 at his home in Lewisburg, Tennessee at the age of 78.

Harris was born in Lakeland, Florida on August 2, 1937, and had written his first song by the time he was 12 years old. Once he turned 20, Harris moved to Nashville, where spent seven years working in the grocery business and writing songs whenever he got the chance.

Finally, Harris got his first hit with the song "Crystal Chandelier" in 1965, which went on to be recorded by dozens of artists, with one of the most recognizable versions by Charley Pride. To this date, the song remains one of Harris's greatest hits.

Harris was truly unique as a songwriter in the fact that he wrote all of his songs by himself, rather than collaborating with other artists. Clearly, his way of writing paid off, because Harris went on to become the most-awarded songwriter in the history of performing arts organization SESAC, with a total of 87 awards to his name.

In addition to his SESAC awards, Harris was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990. 

You can watch Charley Pride's live performance of Harris's major hit "Crystal Chandelier" in the video below.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Harris's family at this time.


Oh the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your wall
The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall
But will the timely crowd that has you laughing loud help you dry your tears
When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers

I never did fit in too well with the folks you knew
And it's plain to see that the likes of me don't fit with you
So you traded me for the gaiety of the well to do
And you turned away from the love I offered you
Oh the crystal chandeliers...

I see your picture in the news most every day
You're the chosen girl of the social world so the stories say
But a paper smile only lasts a while then it fades away
And the love we knew will come home to you some day
Oh the crystal chandeliers...
When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers

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