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#1146414 - 11/23/18 09:12 PM SONGWRITERS I ENJOY THE MOST  
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I looked and haven't posted in two years. Recently I've been getting the writing bug again. Still haven't finished a song though. At any rate, I saw a thread on here about the top songwriters of the last 50 years. I'm not smart enough to know the best but I do know these guys influenced my writing a lot.


1) Bill Anderson
2) Bob McDill
3) Kris Kristofferson
4) Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers
5) Merle Haggard
6) Tom T. Hall
7) Don Gibson
8) Dennis Linde
9) Ben Peters
10) Dolly Parton
11) Dallas Frazier
12) Alan Jackson

#1146429 - 11/24/18 06:23 PM Re: SONGWRITERS I ENJOY THE MOST [Re: Sausagelink]  
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Hi SL:

You might consider adding Willie Nelson to your list. He writes in so many genres I am constantly amazed, despite his "Country Roots"... and has had his works recorded by so many big name artists. Then (judging by your great list) there is his own body of works recorded/sung by him... I never cease to be surprised.

Thanks for sharing... and yes, this topic has probably been covered a dozen times in the past several years. It's always interesting, though... and a great deal depends upon the genre in question.

All the best, ----Dave

#1146430 - 11/24/18 09:13 PM Re: SONGWRITERS I ENJOY THE MOST [Re: Sausagelink]  
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Well Shucks,
BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN. Written by Fred Rose circa 1943 of which Willie Recorded and it put him on the map! Willie also wrote HELLO WALLS recorded by Faron Young. I think he also wrote PRETTY PAPER a Christmas song.


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#1146432 - 11/24/18 10:19 PM Re: SONGWRITERS I ENJOY THE MOST [Re: Sausagelink]  
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Willie has never been one of my faves as a writer. He's great, just not favorite. On him, I like particular songs more than his work as a whole. Also, on singer sonwriters, I look at how many of their hits did they write. He really didn't write a lot of his biggest hits. And granted his greatest success came after about 16 years of writing hits for other people. His stuff was sort "off the beaten path" too. Good stuff -- my faves are probably Hello Walls, Touch Me, Shotgun Willie, and I Gotta Get Drunk. I do like On The Road Again a lot also. Still he's not one of my favorites.

#1150827 - 02/10/19 11:26 PM Re: SONGWRITERS I ENJOY THE MOST [Re: Sausagelink]  
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Agreed with most of these. I would also love to add Roger Hodgson, Brandon Flowers, David Gilmore and Johnny Cash


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