Nashville has lost an iconic songwriter after the death of Richard Dobson. Dobson was known best for being a songwriter and novelist whose songs were recorded by legendary singers.
Some of Dobson's songs were even recorded by Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, David Allan Coe, Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds. Although he spent a lot of time in Nashville, Dobson recently died in Switzerland.
He was 75 at the time of his death. Originally from Texas, Dobson went on to become one of the best and most well-known songwriters in Nashville.
"The writer of the title cut to Guy Clark's celebrated 1988 LP Old Friends, Dobson was called the 'Hemingway of country music,' by Nanci Griffith, who recorded his 'Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith,' the tale of a motorcycle daredevil, on her 1984 album Once in a Very Blue Moon," according to Rolling Stone.
"His tune 'Baby Ride Easy' was recorded as a duet by Johnny and June Carter Cash as well as Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds. Earlier this year, Dobson was name-checked in Rodney Crowell's 'Nashville 1972,' a loving homage to his fellow songwriter friends," continued Rolling Stone's article on his death.
Later in his life, Dobson moved to Switzerland with this wife. However, even with his major global move, Dobson returned to America often in order to record albums and continue making productions.
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