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Songwriter and Label Executive Don Lanier Dead at 78

Don Lanier
Roulette Records

Songwriter and label executive Don Lanier passed away on Wednesday, July 23. He was 78 years old.

Lanier wrote several big hits, including Ray Charles‘ ‘Here We Go Again,’ which was also recorded by Nancy Sinatra. He also penned songs for Hank Snow, Glen Campbell and Norah Jones, among others.

The Texas native began his career in the Rhythm Orchids with future music business powerhouse Jimmy Bowen, which led to the recording of ‘Party Dolly’ by Buddy Knox, which became Knox’ career song. Lanier also contributed to ‘Hula Love’ and ‘Rock Your Little Baby to Sleep,’ also by Knox.

Lanier later worked in the record industry, serving as an A&R executive at MCA Records under Bowen. He is credited with helping start the careers of some of country music’s biggest stars, including George Strait and Reba McEntire. He also found songs for several artists, including Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn and others. In addition, he is credited for finding ‘Rose in Paradise,’ which became one of Waylon Jennings‘ biggest hits.

A memorial service for Lanier was held on Sunday, July 27. The Boot extends our deepest condolences to his family.

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