Thursday, September 22, 2016
– John D. Loudermilk, who had more success as a songwriter than a country singer, died at 82 on Wednesday in Christiana, Tenn.
Loudermilk is best known for his composition "Indian Reservation," a hit for Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1967.
His songwriting credits include:
"Abilene," "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" and "Blue Train," hits for George Hamilton IV
"Bad News" covered by Johnny Cash
"Big Daddy ('s Alabamy Bound," covered by Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, the Willis Brothers
"Break My Mind," covered by George Hamilton IV, Anne Murray, Sammy Davis, Jr, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons, Wreckless Eric, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Vern Gosdin and The Box Tops
"Ebony Eyes," a hit for The Everly Brothers
"I Wanna Live," a hit for Glen Campbell
"I'll Never Tell," recorded by Roy Orbison
"Sittin' in the Balcony" ( a hit for Eddie Cochran
"Sun Glasses," recorded in 1965 by Skeeter Davis
"Waterloo," a hit for Stonewall Jackson
"Weep No More My Baby," B-side to Brenda Lee's hit "Sweet Nothin's"
"Windy and Warm," played by guitarist Chet Atkins
Loudermilk recorded albums as well for Sony and RCA. Loudermilk's biggest hit was "That Ain't All," which received number 20 in 1965.
The North Carolina was Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.