‘Love Song’ Composer Runkle Dies

Steve Runkle, 49, writer of the Oak Ridge Boys’ 1983 hit “Love Song,” died Thursday (Aug. 9) in Nashville. Cause of death was a stroke he suffered July 30, The Tennessean reports. A native of North Carolina, Runkle came to Nashville in 1971. His musical career included stints as a vocalist, songwriter and bassist with a number of acts including David Olney and the X-Rays, David Ball and the Contenders. In the 1970s, Runkle was a regular at the renowned Bishop’s Pub in Nashville, a venue that nurtured the careers of Olney, Rodney Crowell and Townes Van Zandt, among others. Survivors include his mother, Sue Runkle, and his brother, Ben Runkle of Raleigh, N.C. 08/10/01