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Songwriter Johnny MacRae passes away

Friday, July 5, 2013 – Songwriter Johnny MacCrae, 84, who wrote hits for Conway Twitty and Reba McEntire died Wednesday at his home in Ashland City, Tenn., of heart disease.

MacRae wrote or co-wrote Twitty's big hit I'd Love to Lay You Down, McEntire's You Lift Me Up to Heaven, Highway 101's Whiskey, if You Were a Woman and Doug Stone's I'd Be Better Off in a Pine Box.

No funeral will be held, but there will be a celebration of his life slated for Oct. 19.