Legendary Musician Guy Clark Dies at 74

Jim McGuire

Grammy-winning recording artist and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Guy Clark has passed away in Nashville at the age of 74.

Born in Monahan, TX, Clark is best known for his tracks “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” “She’s Crazy for Leavin,’” “Baby I’m Yours,” and “Oklahoma Borderline.”

During his long and fruitful career, he penned hundreds of songs that were recorded by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, George Strait, Rodney Crowell, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, David Allan Coe, Alan Jackson and dozens more.

He began his career during the 1960s folk movement in Houston, performing alongside artists like Jerry Jeff Walker and Townes Van Zandt, who would become close friends and later made hits out of many tracks penned by Clark.

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After he and wife Susanna Clark moved to Nashville in 1971, their home became a meeting point for legendary artists like Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle to connect and create. This was captured in a scene featured in the acclaimed documentary Heartworn Highways, which was released in 1981 and has become a cult classic for many music fans.

Clark’s most recent album, My Favorite Picture of You, was release in 2013, just months after the death of his wife, Susanna. The emotional and honest album earned Clark a Grammy award for Best Folk Album the following year.

According to the Tennessean, Clark’s health had been declining in recent years, and he had been battling cancer for many years. Funeral arrangements are currently pending.

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Legendary Musician Guy Clark Dies at 74