Tuesday, January 20, 2015
– Dixie Hall, wife of Tom T. Hall and a bluegrass and country music songwriter, died on Friday at 80.
Known as Miss Dixie, she wrote more than 500 commercially recorded bluegrass songs along with Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert among those recording her work.
She was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in England. Interested in country music in her homeland, she came to the U.S. in 1961 by ship for a job in the music industry. She eventually lived in Nashville with Mother Maybelle Carter of The Family.
Cash recorded two of her songs, "A Letter From Home" and "Troublesome Waters" after visiting the Carters and noticing Dixie Hall had written songs.
She met Tom Hall in 1964 at an awards ceremony and married in 1968. He continued writing, although he retired in the 1990s.
She later started Blue Circle Records and Good Home Grown Music publishing to put out music. She continued writing songs after a long respite with Tom T. Hall also getting back into writing. Lambert recorded "All That's Left" for her disc "Platinum," a swing tune.