Hank Cochran ("I Fall to Pieces") dies at 74
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Hank Cochran ("I Fall to Pieces") dies at 74

Thursday, July 15, 2010 – Hank Cochran, who had a handing in writing the songs I Fall to Pieces and Make the World Go Away and discovered Willie Nelson, died Thursday at 74 of pancreatic cancer. Cochran also was an artist in his own right, charting 7 times between 1962 and 1980 with his first single, Sally Was a Good Old Girl, by Harland Howard hitting number 20.

Garland Perry Cochran was born Aug. 2, 1935 in Isola, Miss. He had a difficult childhood marked by sickness, the divorce of his parents and running away from an orphanage.

His uncle, Otis, taught him how to play guitar while they hitchhiked from Mississippi to New Mexico to work in the oil fields. He later moved to California, forming The Cochran Brothers with Eddie Cochran, although the two were unrelated.

At 24, he moved to Nashville and wrote I Fall to Pieces with Howard. The song became a huge hit for Patsy Cline, who also recorded Cochran's She's Got You and Why Can't He Be You.

Cochran wrote Make the World Go Away after going to the movies. The song became a big hit for Ray Price and later Eddie Arnold.

Cochran also wrote songs for by Burl Ives (A Little Bitty Tear, It's Just My Funny Way of Laughin', The Same Old Hurt). He also wrote songs for George Strait (The Chair with Dean Dillon and Ocean Front Property with Dillon and Royce Porter), Merle Haggard (It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)), Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me), a number one song for Ronnie Milsap, and Mickey Gilley (That's All That Matters).

Cochran also played a role in Nelson's career. While working at publishing company Pamper Music, Cochran hung out at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville. One of the singers showing up was Nelson. Cochran liked what he encouraged and encouraged management to sign him.

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Country fans worth their salt know songwriting legend, Hank Cochran, writer of such monster songs as "I Fall To Pieces," "The Chair," "A-11," "Make The World Go Away," "She's Got You" and many more. His new album is full of lesser-known tunes, mostly written or co-written by Cochran. Though known for his songwriting, Cochran can more than hold his own as a vocalist. The slow ballads are the best. Though the album starts with a forgettable version of ("I Didn't Know God Made) Honky Tonk Angels," ...

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