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|Date:||9/28/2004 8:39:44 AM|
|Message:||This aricle appeared in the Tennessean just this morning. Its too bad that someone has to die before we learn that here is someone else that Mickey helped----I do wish we had Mickey's book??
Songwriter,Jim Hurt, 65, (Dies of cancer
He wrote Alabam hit 'Love in the First Degree'
By PETE]T COOPER
Jim Hurt, a Nashville songwriter who co-wrote country smashes including Alabwm's Love in the First Degree and John Conlee's Working MarL died Sunday at lus Nashville home. He was 65 and had been diagnosed with liver cancer.
"His soul was what made him a great vaiter," said longtime friend and co-wtiter Billy Ray Reynolds.
"if you had known him, you'd know what I'm talking about.,,
Mr. Hurt's soul was well tested over his 65 years. Bom to Cherokee parents, he was dropped at an orphanage as a baby. He was adopted by African-American parents and raised in Nashville.
"He grew up as kind of a street fighter, the kind of kid who had to take care of himself," Reynolds said. "He said the black kids didn't like him and the white kids didn't like him-- Jim had a lot of scrapes when he was young."
With help from songwriting luminary Mickey Newbury, Mr. Hurt eventually channeled his, passions away from the streets and onto music stages.
In the 1960s, he worked as a bass player for Tracy Nelson and Mother EartK and the 1970s found him writing songs in Nashville and eaming a reputation as a topdrawer demo singer. His, was the voice that graced the first demo of Wind Beneath A4y Wings.
In 1981 Alabama released Love in theFirstDegree, giving Mr. Hurt his biggest hit and giving the band a song that would remain a concert favorite for decades.
Mr. Hurt's other songwriting successes included put Me On A Train Back To Texas (recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson), Ain't No Trick (It Takes Magic) for Lee Greenwood and I Keep Corning Back for Razzy Bailey.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; sons, Mark and Chris; and daughter Nicole.
A memorial service will be held at 5PM Sunday at Mt. Oliver Funeral Home on Lebanon Pike in Nashville.
Visitation will take place that same day, at 3PM
The family asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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