Merle Kilgore Hospitalized

“Ring of Fire” co-writer Merle Kilgore was hospitalized Thursday (May 13) in Nashville, following the collapse of his L2 vertabrae. Further testing found a blocked heart artery, which will require surgery. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Hall of Fame, Kilgore is also Hank Williams Jr.’s manager. He co-wrote “Ring of Fire” with June Carter Cash, and the song remains one of Johnny Cash’s signature hits.