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Twitty Hit Writer, L. E. White, Dead At 74
Funeral services were held Friday (Sept. 10) for L. E. White, composer of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's 1971 Grammy-winner, "After the Fire Is Gone." He died Tuesday (Sept. 7) at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., at the age of 74. Born in Blaine, Tenn., White spent his early career as a musician and singer with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper's Clinch Mountain Clan. In 1977, he and singing partner Lola Jean Dillon charted twice for Epic Records with "Home, Sweet Home" and the novelty tune, "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly." His songs "I Love You More Today" and "To See My Angel Cry" provided Twitty with back-to-back No. 1 singles in 1969. Twitty also scored a No. 3 in 1974 with White's "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet." Also active in music publishing, White helped establish and administer the Twitty companies Hello Darling Music and Twitty Bird Music. White is the father of Michael White, who recorded for Reprise Records in the early 1990s.
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