Funeral Services Held for Famed Songwriter Danny Dill

Funeral services were held Saturday (Oct. 25) in Huntingdon, Tenn., for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Danny Dill, who died Thursday (Oct. 23) at a Nashville hospital at age 84. Born Horace Eldred Dill, his songwriting credits include two country classics — “The Long Black Veil” and “Detroit City.” He got his start as a professional musician while working with Annie Lou Stockard as Annie Lou and Danny, a duet act that performed on the Grand Ole Opry during the ’40s and ’50s. Although Dill recorded as a solo artist, he found his greatest success as a songwriter. He and the late Marijohn Wilkin co-wrote “The Long Black Veil,” a Top 10 country hit for Lefty Frizzell in 1959. With cryptic lyrics about a murder, it resembled a traditional folk song and was recorded in later years by numerous artists, including Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, The Band and the Kingston Trio. Dill and Mel Tillis co-wrote “Detroit City,” which Bobby Bare took to the Top 10 in 1963. It remains a signature song for both Bare and Tillis. Dill’s songs were also recorded by Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Carl Smith, Webb Pierce and Faron Young. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.