Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Member John D. Loudermilk Dies At 82
September 22, 2016 at 7:27 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS extends condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME member JOHN D. LOUDERMILK, who passed away YESTERDAY (9/21) following a battle with bone cancer. He was 82.
The NORTH CAROLINA native landed cuts by artists ranging from CHET ATKINS and DOLLY PARTON to NANCY SINATRA and JAMES BROWN, including "Tobacco Road," "ABILENE," "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," and many more in both the Country and Pop worlds. His last major hit was 1971's "Indian Reservation," which went to #1 on the Pop charts for PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS; however, TIM MCGRAW's 1994 Country hit, "Indian Outlaw," quotes the chorus of "Indian Reservation," which gave LOUDERMILK partial credit for yet another hit song.
Fellow NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME member BOBBY BRADDOCK shared the news of LOUDERMILK's passing via FACEBOOK, saying "His uncommon brain was filled with amazing words and powerful music -- or vice versa. It was pretty well known that JOHN's days were numbered, so a few months ago, [friend] DIXIE [GAMBLE] put together a wonderful tribute show at the FRANKLIN THEATER in neighboring WILLIAMSON County. There must have been fifty Country stars, songwriters, and musicians there to perform a LOUDERMILK song at this musical love fest that is scheduled to air soon on PBS-TV. JOHN D. was there with [wife] SUSAN, on the front row of the packed house, all smiles, taking it in. What a sendoff. Rest in peace, JOHN D. LOUDERMILK, and thank you for some of the best AMERICAN music ever written."