1934 - 2005
Born Wyatt Merle Kilgore in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
At age14, Merle was lucky enough to be the one to carry Hank Williams Sr.'s guitar to and from the stage of the historic Louisiana Hayride and grew up to become the manager of Hank Williams Jr.. But before he took the desk job he was a songwriter, singer and performer who earned and held the respect of the entire country music community.
Merle became a respected song writer after writing the #1 hit for Webb Pierce, "More And More," and followed it with monster hits including "Wolverton Mountain," a 10 million seller for Claude King, and "Ring Of Fire," written with June Carter Cash, recorded by Johnny Cash and on its way to selling 16 million records.
Merle Kilgore's passed away from congestive heart failure onset from medical complications related to ongoing treatment for cancer
Merle Kilgore… gone at age 70
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