Country Music Producer and Songwriter Billy Sherrill Has Died

Billy Sherrill Dead: Country Music Producer and Songwriter
Billy Sherrill
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08/04/2015 AT 08:00 PM EDT

Country music producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill has died at the age of 78.

Sherrill passed away on Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, according to the Associated Press.

Having worked with artists such as Tammy Wynette and George Jones, Sherrill was key to the development of the "countrypolitan" sound of the '60s and '70s.

The Grammy award-wining producer was known for creating the bridge that gave country music the ability to compete with other pop-related genres. His unique production style helped create landmark songs including "Stand By Your Man," The Most Beautiful Girl" and "Behind Closed Doors."

Born in Alabama, Sherrill's early fascination with jazz and blues helped escalade his musical career. He moved to Nashville in 1962 to manage Sun Records then afterwards moved on to Epic Records, as an in-house producer.

In 2008, the famed producer was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

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