Hank Cochran, country music songwriter, dies 74

Garland Perry "Hank" Cochran (August 2, 1935 – July 15, 2010) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Starting in the 1960s, Cochran has been a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, charting seven times on the Billboard country charts, with his highest solo peak being the #20 "Sally Was a Good Old Girl."

Rough Childhood
Born during the Great Depression in Isola, Mississippi, he contracted pneumonia, whooping cough, measles and mumps all about the same time at age 2. The doctor didn’t think that he would survive. His parents divorced when he was 9, he moved with his father to Memphis, Tennessee, but then went to an orphanage. He was sent to live with his grandparents, in Waynesboro, Mississippi, after he had run away from the orphanage twice.  He started to work at the oil rig when he was 16.

Then he quickly took over the County Music scene and became a legend.
Hank Cochran wrote a lot of songs for many artists.

Death of Hank Cochran
He had cancerous tumors surgically removed from his pancreas and lymph node at a Nashville Hospital in July 2008. Cochran had a grapefruit-sized aortic aneurysm removed at a Nashville hospital in April 2010. He passed away on July 15, 2010.


 Notable artists who have recorded his songs include:
    * Eddy Arnold
    * Patsy Cline
    * Natalie Cole
    * Elvis Costello
    * Bing Crosby
    * Ella Fitzgerald
    * Mickey Gilley
    * Vern Gosdin
    * Merle Haggard
    * Emmylou Harris   
    * Rebecca Lynn Howard
    * Burl Ives
    * George Jones
    * Norah Jones
    * Loretta Lynn
    * Henry Mancini
    * Dean Martin
    * Reba McEntire
    * Ronnie Milsap
    * Brad Paisley
    * Johnny Paycheck
    * Elvis Presley
    * Ray Price
    * Jim Reeves
    * Linda Ronstadt
    * Dinah Shore
    * Nancy Sinatra
    * George Strait
    * Hank Williams Jr
    * Lee Ann Womack