One of country music’s most prolific songwriters, Charlie Black, has died.

The member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame died last Friday, 23 April, at the age of 71.

Black’s work included songs written for many of country music’s top stars – Kenny Rogers, Tanya Tucker, Brenda Lee, Phil Vassar, Alan Jackson and more.  He was the co-writer behind a string of Anne Murray songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including her seventh number-one hit ‘A Little Good News’ in 1983.

He continued to enjoy success throughout the 1980s and 1990s, writing for Reba McEntire, T.G.Shepherd, Earl Thomas Conley and K.T.Oslin.

Black died in Port S. Joe, Florida, and leaves behind his wife Dana Hunt Black, who is also a hit country songwriter known for George Strait’s chart-topping 1995 success, ‘Check Yes Or No’.