Thursday, June 8, 2017
– Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer and producer Norro Wilson, 79, who penned Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl" and produced Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire, died this morning after a stay in hospice.
Wilson also wrote Rich's "A Very Special Love Song," which won Wilson a Grammy for best country song, George Jones' "The Grand Tour" and Tammy Wynette's "My Man (Understands)" and "He Loves Me All The Way."
Wilson became head of Warner Bros. Nashville A&R in 1975. He produced albums by Kenny Chesney ("No Shirts, No Shoes, No Problems" and "Everywhere We Go"), Reba McEntire, Sara Evans ("No Place That Far"), John Anderson, Sammy Kershaw, Charley Pride and Jones.
Wilson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1996.
He was born in Scottsville, Ky. On April 4, 1938. He started performing in 1957 as a member of gospel group the Southlanders Quartet and went to Nashville in the late 1950s, singing harmony vocals with Faron Young and Ferlin Husky. In 1962, he became a songwriter at Acuff-Rose. He later worked with songwriter and producer Billy Sherrill.
Wilson was a recording artist in his own right, releasing "Dedicated To: Only You" in 1969 on Smash Records. He had 10 songs chart with Tom T. Hall's "Do It to Someone You Love" in 1970 reaching number 20.