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Famed Nashville Songwriter Dies At 68

Famed Nashville Songwriter Dies At 68 | Country Music Videos
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The man who wrote Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses" has passed away.

Kim Edwin Williams was known for also co-writing Reba McEntire's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter", Garth Brooks' "Papa Loved Mama" and Joe Diffie's "If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)".

He moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting just before he turned 40. An industrial accident severely burned him ten years prior, which required over 200 surgeries.

According to the book A Life On Nashville's Music Row written by songwriter and musician Bobby Braddock, Williams "got his first cut at age forty and was so successful that he would be able to semi-retire in his fifties."

Braddock also called Williams "perhaps the most amazing man who ever walked the streets of Music Row."

Because of all his great work, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

"I'm more a co-writer," he once told The Tennessean. "It's more of a joy for me. And if you win something or have a hit, you have someone to share it with."

His cause of death has yet to be revealed, but many friends are sharing their support on social media.



Our thoughts and prayers go out to Williams' family, including his wife, Phyllis, and daughter, Amanda.
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