Hall of Fame Songwriter Geoff Mack Dead at 94
Australian-born songwriter Geoff Mack has died; the tunesmith, who was behind the famous song "I've Been Everywhere," was 94.
Country fans will likely best remember Mack’s work from Johnny Cash’s recording of “I’ve Been Everywhere,” released in 1996. When Mack wrote the song in 1959, its lyrics focused on cities in Australia; they were adapted for the United States when the song was offered up to American country singer Hank Snow. Snow scored a No. 1 hit with "I've Been Everywhere" when he released it in 1962, and Lynn Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel and the Statler Brothers have also recorded their own versions of the song.
Vintage Vinyl News reported Mack's death on Saturday (July 22). Born Albert Geoffrey McElhinney on Dec. 20, 1922, near Melbourne, Australia, Mack first started out as an entertainer while stationed in Borneo during World War II; he later served as a radio announcer in Japan for British forces. As such, it seems as though “I’ve Been Everywhere” was a fairly autobiographical song for the artist, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1963.
To be sure, “I’ve Been Everywhere” will have a lasting legacy. The song has been recorded in more than 130 languages and has topped the charts in countries across the globe, including Germany and Japan.
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