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Donnie Henson "Dirt" Lanier

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Donnie "Dirt" Henson Lanier

Nashville, TN

Age 78, passed away on July 23, 2014 after a struggle with COPD.

He was a talented music performer, songwriter and music business manager. His musical skill developed after winning a guitar as a boy in the early 1950's, which motivated him to become an accomplished lead guitar player. Donnie was an original member of the Rhythm Orchids out of Dumas, Texas, along with Jimmy Bowen and Buddy Knox whose songs included hits such as "Party Doll." His extensive music career took him to New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, and included performances in these cities with his own band. He worked with various performing artists, including Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Ray Charles and Reba McIntyre. Donnie co-wrote the classic song "Here We Go Again" with Red Steagall, which became a hit for Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles and Nora Jones. His publishing company, DL Enterprises, operated from 1989 to 1999. Donnie lived in the Nashville area for the past 30 years and was kindly known as the Song Man throughout the city.

He is survived by his son, Robert Charles Lanier.

The funeral service was held July 27, 2014 at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home in Nashville, Tennessee and was well attended by friends and business associates from Nashville and the surrounding area. Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park followed the service.

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Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 31, 2014
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