Hank Cochran Moves On

Brody Vercher | July 15th, 2010

Hank Cochran, one of country music’s most prolific songwriters, passed away this morning. From the press release:

Last night, Jamey Johnson, Billy Ray Cyrus and Buddy Cannon dropped by to sing songs with Hank, and this morning the legendary songwriter was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home. A private, family memorial will be held in the near future, and a public service will follow. Details will be forthcoming.

The family asks that you respect their privacy at this time and, in lieu of flowers, request those wishing to honor Hank make donations to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation.

Hank was inducted in to the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame by unanimous vote in 1974, and was honored by B.M.I. in June 2009 for his six-decade long career of hits, that includes country classics: “I Fall To Pieces,” “Make The World Go Away,” “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me.”

UPDATE: You can find more links in Friday’s news roundup.

  1. Paul W Dennis
    July 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    One of the truly great songwriters has left us. We are richer for him having been here, but left poorer by his passing

  2. Karlie Justus
    July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    One of my earliest memories is my dad humming and singing “Make the World Go Away” over and over on family car trips. I still know every word of that song because of that.

    I love those guys were there singing songs – how cool is that.

  3. Leeann Ward
    July 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah, it’s nice that Johnson, Cyrus and Cannon were there for a friend in his last moments.

    I grew up on Patsy Cline even before I officially got into country music. I remember my parents wearing out Cline’s 12 Greatest Hits cassette and “She’s Got You” was my absolute favorite song on it at the time.

  4. Dave D.
    July 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, that link pointed out several classics that I wan’t aware he had written. May he rest in peace.

  5. Rick
    July 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    The remaining living threads to country music’s glory days are getting thinner every year as Father Time takes his inevitable toll. Thank you Hank for that legacy of wonderful songs that will never go out of style.

  6. Miss Leslie
    July 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    “A-11″. Johnny Paycheck’s version kills. To which, Johnny wrote a song called “Help Me Hank (I’m Fallin)” where he appealed to Hank to write him another hit.

    Here’s to Hank -

  7. Occasional Hope
    July 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    He really was one of the best songwriters in country music history.

  8. Bob
    July 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Great songwriting resume. One of my favorites is “A Way to Survive” but I have it by Gene Watson. The link only mentions Ray Price. Love the Patsy Cline songs and I recall that my mother loved the Eddy Arnold version of “Make the World Go Away”.

  9. Ben Foster
    July 16, 2010 at 4:55 am

    “I Fall to Pieces” is one of my favorites. It was such a simple concept for a song, but it turned into one of the most haunting country classics of all time, and Patsy Cline was probably the only vocalist who was truly worthy of it.

    If any current songwriters were able to carry the torch after Hank’s passing, I bet it could be Jamey Johnson. He’s written some good ones.

  10. Steve Harvey
    July 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    It’s Not Love, But It’s Not Bad should be due for a revival about now.

  11. Stormy
    July 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Steve: Try the Catherine Britt/Bill Chambers version:


  12. CountryFan
    July 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Hank wrote so many classics… my favorites would have to be “Don’t Touch Me,” “Is It Raining At Your House,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” and “Would These Arms Be In Your Way.” There will never be another writer like Hank.

    Oh and I almost forgot “She’s Got You,” although I much prefer the Loretta Lynn version to the Patsy Cline version.

  13. CountryFan
    July 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Stormy – I had never heard Catherine’s cover of “It’s Not Love.” Great version. My favorite version would have to be Emmylou Harris.

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