Producer, Publisher Ashworth Dies

Audie Ashworth, a music producer, publisher and former Capitol Records staffer, died of a heart attack Thursday (Aug. 24) in Nashville. He had a hand in discovering successful songwriter Don Schlitz (“The Gambler,” “Forever and Ever Amen”) and in signing a then-unknown singer/songwriter named Ronnie Dunn. Ashworth also produced several albums for singer/songwriter J.J. Cale, who wrote the Eric Clapton hits “After Midnight” and “Cocaine.”