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by Jerry Chesnut
Jerry Chesnut (1931 to 2018) was an American songwriter and performer. Jerry Donald Chesnut was born on May 7th 1931 in Harlan County, Kentucky, USA, and raised there. However, he moved to Nashville in 1958 to pursue a musical career, and eventually picked up his first big songwriting credit in 1967 when Del Reeves recorded his song "A Dime at a Time" - it was his first chart hit single. In 1968, Jerry Lee Lewis' hit recording of his tune "Another Place, Another Time" was nominated for a "Grammy" award, and in 1972 he was named Billboard's "Songwriter of the Year". He became their "International Songwriter of the Year" in 1973, and went on to hold a total of 23 BMI awards. Chesnut's other major songwriting hits included "A Good Year for the Roses" (recorded variously over time by Alan Jackson, George Jones and Elvis Costello) and "T.R.O.U.B.L.E." (recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975 and Travis Tritt in 1992, as well as by himself in the featured video). Other notable performers who recorded his work included Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Porter Wagoner. He became a member of the "Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame" in 1992, and was later recognised in their "Poets & Prophets" quarterly series, which honours member songwriters for their particular accomplishments. Jerry Chesnut died in Nashville on December 15th 2018, at the age of 87.
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Posted: 11th January 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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