Grammy composer dies of Covid-19

The LA composer Bill Pursell, twice nominated for a Grammy, has died at 93 of  a ‘very fast, tough battle with COVID pneumonia.’

He wrote the earworm hit of 1963.

In a long-running career with Columbia Records he accompanied Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. Later he taught composition at the Belmont University School of Music in Nashville.

 

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