Paul Craft at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions. Photo: Moments by Moser
From Music Row Magazine:
Newly honored Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Paul Craft has died at age 76.
Famed for such country hits as "Dropkick Me Jesus," "Hank Williams You Wrote My Life" and "Brother Jukebox," Craft was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. He came to the banquet at the Music City Center, greeted well-wishers and was photographed with his statuette. But prior to his official induction, he experienced breathing problems. An ambulance transported him to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital, where he passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18. He had been plagued by deteriorating health for several years.
Paul Craft was born in Memphis in 1938 and spent part of his early life on his parents' 2,000-acre cotton, bean and rice farm in nearby Proctor, Arkansas. Fascinated by country radio, he got a harmonica at age 10, an accordion at age 11 and a ukulele shortly thereafter, which led to playing guitar and banjo.
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