Musician, songwriter and producer Freddy Powers died Tuesday june 21st after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.
The Seminole, Texas native penned a string of Number One hits for Merle Haggard in the Eighties, including “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room,” “A Place to Fall Apart” and “Natural High,” and also wrote George Jones’ chart-topping “I Always Get Lucky With You.” A longtime friend and sometime bandmate of Willie Nelson, he co-produced Nelson’s 1981 album, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which went on to platinum-selling status.
Powers and Merle Haggard’s friendship went beyond music. In the early 1980’s Merle suggested Powers move into a houseboat on Lake Shasta, CA next to his. Both men had just gone through divorces. Over the next year the two would design and build their own houseboat.
Prior to his passing, Powers formed the Freddy Powers Parkinson Organization which helped raised funds for research into the disease.