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Country Songwriter Harley Allen Passes Away

Harley Allen and wife
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Songwriter Harley Allen passed away this morning at the age of 55 after a battle with Lung Cancer.  You may never have heard his name, but you know some of the tunes he has written for some big country stars.

Some of Allen’s songwriting work includes:

Tough Little Boys” by Gary Allan

Awful Beautiful Life” By Darryl Worley

I’ll Wait For You” by Joe Nichols

The Baby” By Blake Shelton

Everything I Love” by Alan Jackson

The Little Girl” by John Michael Montgomery

My Last Name” By Dierks Bentley

along with Many More.

He was also known for providing background vocals on the song “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” from the  movie ”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”.   He won a pair of Grammy Awards for that recording  in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Album of the Year categories in 2002.

Allen leaves behind a wife and three children.

Check out this video of Allen  from a few years ago at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville telling stories and singing his version of “The Baby”

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