HARLAN HOWARD REMEMBERED

Country music has lost one of its greatest and prolific songwriters earlier this month -- Harlan Howard died in Nashville on Sunday, March 1.

Howard's credits include such songs as "Somebody Should Leave," sung by Reba McEntire, "Why Not Me," performed by the Judd's, Patty Loveless' "Blame It on Your Heart," Pam Tillis' "Don't Tell Me What to Do," Ray Price's "Heartaches by the Number," and Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces."

A number of today's country stars looked to Howard for advice and support, including Sara Evans and Brad Paisley. "Harlan was a great friend, a true inspiration and mentor," says Evans. "His talents were immense. He was an amazing songwriter who not only contributed to country music, but to music as a whole. I am so grateful that I got the chance to know him and befriend him. I will truly miss him." Says Paisley: "His songs will forever be part of the fabric of country music. His ability to nurture so many artists in our format was such a blessing for all of us."

A public memorial service will be held for Harlan Howard on March 19 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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