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Red Lane Obituary

2/9/1939 - 7/2/2015| Visit Guest Book
Red Lane (ABC Photo Archives / ABC / Getty Images)
Red Lane (ABC Photo Archives / ABC / Getty Images)
Red Lane, a country music singer-songwriter who penned the Tammy Wynette hit "'Til I Get It Right," has died of cancer, according to multiple news sources. Lane, who died July 2, was 76.

Lane, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1993, wrote songs for many of country's biggest stars: Wynette, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and many others.

His song credits include 1978's "Come See Me and Come Lonely," which Dottie West recorded; "The Eagle," which he co-wrote with Mack Vickery and Hank Cochran; and "Miss Emily's Picture," which was recorded by the country singer John Conlee.

Born Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter Feb. 2, 1939, Lane launched his music career after high school and after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He later signed with RCA. Lane scored his only Top 40 country hit, "The World Needs a Melody." But he was known better as a songwriter for other artists.

Lane's hobby as a parachute jumper provided the inspiration for the song "(The Day I Jumped) From Uncle Harvey's Plane," which the country artist Roger Miller recorded. Lane later pursued his hobby as an amateur plane pilot.

He even lived out of a converted DC-8 passenger jet outside of Nashville, Tennessee, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
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