Famous Musician, 'Hee Haw' Star Passes Away at 87, Wife and Daughters in Mourning

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December 17, 2018Dec 17, 2018

The man behind one of Elvis's biggest hits has sadly passed away.

Jerry Chesnut, a songwriter for the biggest stars in music, wrote "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" for the "King of Rock and Roll." Elvis recorded the song in 1975 and it went to the 11th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart. It also ranked high on the Billboard Hot 100.

On Monday, his wife and friends confirmed that he had passed away. He died on December 15, and he was 87 years old at the time of his passing.

During his long career, Chesnut also wrote music for some of the greats in country music, including George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton.

"T-R-O-U-B-L-E" also found success when Travis Tritt released his own rendition. The song became a smash hit once again. In 1996, after decades of writing, Chesnut was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to his credits as a songwriter, Chesnut was a regular guest star on the hit country music variety show "Hee Haw" throughout the 1970s.

Travis Tritt responded to the news on social media. He wrote that he sends his “deepest condolences” to Chesnut’s family and friends.

Chesnut is survived by his wife and four daughters. As of press time, no funeral details have been revealed.

Please pray for Chesnut's family as they mourn his passing. Please also pray for all of his friends and fans who will miss him and his contributions.