Music Journalist Patsi Bale Cox Dead at 66

Author and entertainment journalist Patsi Bale Cox, who co-wrote books with several prominent country stars, died of emphysema Saturday (Nov. 5) at a Nashville hospital at age 66. A Kansas native, she edited regional publications before moving to Nashville in 1983. In addition to freelance projects, she edited publications for PolyGram and Capitol Records. From the 1990s onward, Cox became one of the most popular “as told through” voices in entertainment journalism. Her two books with disc jockey, TV host and now Country Music Hall of Fame member Ralph Emery — 50 Years Down a Country Road and The View From Nashville — were both bestsellers. Her other celebrity biographies included Nickel Dreams with Tanya Tucker, Still Woman Enough with Loretta Lynn, Coming Home to Myself with Wynonna, Halfway to Paradise with Tony Orlando, Between a Heart and a Rock Place with Pat Benatar and The Three of Us: Growing Up With Tammy and George with Georgette Jones. In 2009, Cox wrote a book describing and appraising Garth Brooks’ impact on country music called The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country’s Big Boom. Under the pseudonym G.F. Bale, Cox and her sister, Gladys Bale Wellbrock, co-wrote the mysteries If Thoughts Could Kill and Cry, Baby, Cry. She was working on a memoir with Kenny Rogers at the time of her death.