Sam Hogin, Co-Writer of “A Broken Wing,” Dies

Songwriter Sam Hogin died Monday (Aug. 9) in Nashville. The cause of death has not yet been announced, but a friend and associate said Hogin had been suffering from diabetes and undergoing dialysis. Hogin was twice nominated for the Country Music Association’s song of the year award — in 1981 for the Don Williams hit “I Believe in You,” which he co-wrote with Roger Cook, and in 1998 for Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing,” a co-write with Cook, James House and Phil Barnhart. Other Hogin hits include Crystal Gayle’s “Too Many Lovers” and “Livin’ in These Troubled Times”; Shenandoah’s “I Want to Be Loved Like That”; Rhett Akins’ “Don’t Get Me Started”; Shania Twain’s “Dance With the One That Brought You”; Lonestar’s “No News” and “Runnin’ Away With My Heart”; and Wade Hayes “What I Meant to Say.”