Song Publisher Al Gallico Dies in Los Angeles

Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday (May 21) for prominent song publisher Al Gallico, who died Thursday (May 15) at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest. He was 89. As a leading publisher in Nashville and New York, Gallico published such country hits as “Stand by Your Man,” “Ring of Fire,” “Wolverton Mountain,” “The Most Beautiful Girl,” “Almost Persuaded” and “Let Me Be There.” Some of his pop and rock titles were “The House of the Rising Sun,” “The Name Game,” “Time of the Season,” “Hold Your Head Up” and “Here Comes My Baby.” Gallico began his career as an errand boy for G. Schirmer in New York in 1938. He worked for Leeds Music and Shapiro-Bernstein for a number of years before forming his first publishing firm, the Al Gallico Music Corporation. One of his first signings was Billy Sherrill, who became one of country music’s must successful songwriters and producers ever. Gallico was a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Abe Olman Publisher Award. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace, daughters Gail and Linda and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles.