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Sandy Mason, Writer of “Two Pina Coladas,” “When I Dream,” Dead at 71

Crystal Gayle, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash Among Those Who Cut Her Songs

Sandy Mason, co-writer of Garth Brooks’ “Two Pina Coladas” and composer of Crystal Gayle’s “When I Dream,” has died.

According to Music Row, Mason succumbed to pancreatic cancer Wednesday (April 1) in Ormond Beach, Florida, at the age of 71.

A native of Birdville, Pennsylvania, Sandy Mason Theoret was a singer as well as a songwriter.

In addition to releasing several singles and albums ranging across an array of musical formats, she also provided background vocals on recordings by Brooks, Gayle, Johnny Cash, John Prine and others.

She wrote and recorded both as Sandy Mason and as Sandy Mason Theoret.

Early in her Nashville career, she recorded for Hickory Records, the Acuff-Rose publishing house label, where she was produced by Wesley Rose. For years, she was part of an informal creative collective that included producers and songwriters Allen Reynolds, Cowboy Jack Clement and Jim Rooney.

“When I Dream,” which reached No. 3 on Billboard’s country chart in 1979, was Mason’s most recorded song. Besides Gayle’s, there are versions by Clement, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Roger Whittaker, Helen Reddy and Nana Mouskouri.

“Two Pina Coladas,” written with Shawn Camp and Benita Hill, topped the country chart in 1997.

Other of her songwriting credits include “All I Wanna Do in Life” (recorded by Gayle, George Jones and Marianne Faithfull), “Only Love” (Prine, Don Williams), “Feel the Love Go Round” (Petula Clark), “I’d Even Let You Go” (Debbie Boone) and “After All” (Cash).