Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Ben Peters Dies

Ben Peters, a 1980 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, died Wednesday (May 25) at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital of complications from pneumonia. He was 71. Born in Hollandale, Miss., he moved to Nashville in 1966 and scored his first No. 1 song the following year with Eddy Arnold’s recording of “Turn the World Around.” Peters became one of the most successful songwriters of the ’70s with a string of chart-toppers for Charley Pride, including “More to Me,” “It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer” and the Grammy-winning “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.” Other No. 1 hits to his credit include Kenny Rogers’ “Daytime Friends,” Johnny Rodriguez’s “Love Put a Song in My Heart” and Freddy Fender’s 1975 breakthrough, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls.” Even his hits that peaked at No. 2 are also classics — John Conlee’s “Before My Time” and Pride’s “Burgers and Fries” and “A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About.” Funeral services will be held Saturday (May 28) at 3 p.m. at Living Word Community Church in Nashville.