The Amazing Rhythm Aces’ Russell Smith Dies at 70

Writing Credits Include "Third Rate Romance," "Heartbeat in the Darkness"

Russell Smith, best known as the leader of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, has died from cancer in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70.

The band’s signature hits include “Third Rate Romance” and “Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song).” The band received a 1975 Best New Artist Grammy nomination, while their 1976 single, “The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Song),” won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Smith, who was born in Nashville, composed all three of these songs.

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