(Excerpt from Tennessean article mentioned above)
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Joe Allison died
yesterday afternoon in Saint Thomas Hospital.
Mr. Allison, 77, died of respiratory failure
after a long battle with lung disease. He is remembered as
the composer of such hits as the Jim Reeves' classic
He'll Have to Go and Faron Young's Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young.
His contributions to the music world were many.
In addition to writing hits, Joe Allison was a recording executive,
radio personality, song publisher and record producer. He worked with
Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Tex Ritter, Hank Thompson and numerous
other top stars. He was also a founding board member of the
Country Music Association (CMA).
Mr. Allison was inducted into the Country Disc Jockey Hall
of Fame in 1976 and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of
Fame in 1978. In the 1980s and 1990s he remained active on
the boards and committees of various music organizations in
Nashville. In later years, he became a successful antiques dealer.
Another writeup can be found in the Los Angeles Times:
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Joe Allison, 77; Wore Many Hats in Country Music
Los Angeles Times