Recent Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Paul Craft died on Saturday (Oct. 18) following years of failing health. The famous tunesmith is known for hit songs recorded by Mark Chesnutt, Alison Krauss, the Eagles, Ray Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
The Arkansas-raised University of Virginia graduate came to Nashville in the mid ’70s and immediately found success. By then, he’d already had several songs recorded. Specifically, Craft wrote ‘Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,’ and ‘Brother Jukebox’ for Chesnutt. Very few of his songs were co-writes, something he was proud of.
Craft was a member of Mensa, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, a recording artist and owner of a publishing company during his 40-plus years in the music business. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October. The Tennessean says that he was taken to the hospital that night (Oct. 5), and after a 13-day stay, he died at the age of 76.