RIP: Danny Dill, Country Music Songwriter

From The Tennessean (via Idolator):

Horace Eldred “Danny” Dill, who co-wrote two of country music’s best-known songs, died Thursday at age 83.

Mr. Dill wrote “Long Black Veil” with Marijohn Wilkin, a that song has been recorded by Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and a slew of others. His “Detroit City,” written with Mel Tillis, became a standard when recorded by Bobby Bare. Largely on the strength of those songs, Mr. Dill was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.

“If all he’d done was help to write ‘Long Black Veil,’ he’d still go down as one of the all-time great country songwriters,” said Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson.

- Danny Dill Wikipedia entry
- YouTube video: "Bobby Bare - Detroit City"
- YouTube video: "The Band - Long Black Veil"
- YouTube video: "Danny dill (hungry for your lovin')"

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