Songwriter Robert Byrne Dies

The body of songwriter and producer Robert Byrne was found at his home in Nashville this past weekend. Neither the date nor cause of his death has yet been announced. Born July 10, 1954, in Detroit, Bryne began distinguishing himself as a pop and country songwriter in the 1970s. For years, he was associated with Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. He championed and co-produced the group Shenandoah after seeing them play at a local club. Among the country hits he wrote or co-wrote were “How Do I Turn You On” and “All Is Fair in Love and War” (for Ronnie Milsap); “I Can’t Win for Losin’ You,” “Once in a Blue Moon,” “That Was a Close One” and “What I’d Say” (Earl Thomas Conley); “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (Lorrie Morgan), “Two Dozen Roses” (Shenandoah); “Men” (the Forester Sisters); “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girls’s Gotta Do)” (Mindy McCready); and “Rose Bouquet” (Phil Vassar). Roy Orbison, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Anne Murray, the Carpenters and others also recorded his songs. A private memorial service was scheduled to be held in Nashville Wednesday (June 29).