Songwriter Cindy Walker Dies

Cindy Walker, 85, considered the dean of country songwriting, died in Mexia, Texas, March 23rd, Pollstar has learned.

Cause of death was unknown at press time, but her health had been failing for some time, according to a family member.

Walker, a Country Hall Of Fame member, is considered by many the best female country songwriter in history with more than 500 titles to her credit.

Her death comes just weeks after Willie Nelson released a tribute album called You Don’t Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker which includes the famous title track as well as “Bubbles In My Beer” and “Not That I Care.”

Roy Orbison sang her song “Dream Baby” and her material has also been covered by Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and Ray Charles.