Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer Larry Henley, who came to fame in the 1960s with The Newbeats, has died. says Henley passed away in Nashville Thursday morning at the age of 77.  He had been battling Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.  Henley was the lead singer of The Newbeats, and provided the falsetto vocals on their biggest hit, 1964’s “Bread and Butter.”

Following his performing career Henley found success as a songwriter.  He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.  Larry penned many hits, including Bette Midler’s Grammy-winning chart-topper, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  Randy Travis’ “Is It Still Over?,” Janie Fricke’s “He’s a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen),” and Tammy Wynette’s “‘Til I Get It Right” are a few of the other number one songs Henley wrote.  Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Lynn Anderson are some of the other stars who also recorded Larry’s material.

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