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U.S. Songwriter Dead at 82 — He Gave Us ‘Tobacco Road,’ ‘Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye’ and Many Other Classics

Sep 23, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The songwriter who penned the Paul Revere & the Raiders hit “Indian Reservation” and the Nashville Teens’ “Tobacco Road” has died.

The AP reports that John D. Loudermilk died Wednesday in Christiana, Tenn. He was 82.

“Loudermilk, originally from North Carolina, began his career as a writer and singer when a poem he wrote, ‘A Rose and a Baby Ruth,’ was recorded by singer George Hamilton IV in 1956,” the AP reports. “He moved to Nashville and became a popular songwriter in the 1960 and ’70s. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.”

Loudermilk’s songs included “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” which was a hit for the Casinos in 1967 and a country hit for Eddy Arnold the following year, and “Norman,” a hit for Sue Thompson in 1961. He was one of the co-writers of “Abilene” and also penned Thompson’s “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” and Glen Campbell’s “I Wanna Live,” among many other popular songs.

Here’s the Casinos’ hit recording of “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” …

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