From The Tennessean comes news that legendary songwriter Hank Cochran – writer of “I Fall to Pieces,” “Make the World Go Away,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “She’s Got You,” “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad),” “The Chair,” and countless other classics – passed away this morning at the age of 74:
“Last night, Jamey Johnson, Billy Ray Cyrus and Buddy Cannon dropped by to sing songs with Hank,” Cochran’s publicist said in a release, “and this morning the legendary songwriter was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home.”
The family requests that those wishing to honor Cochran make donations to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. Public and private services are also being planned.
Here’s the trailer for an upcoming Cochran documentary, followed by a clip of Patsy Cline performing what might be his most famous song, “I Fall to Pieces,” written with Harlan Howard.
May he rest in peace.