Songwriter Johnny MacRae Dies

Image635088924154318020One of Country Music’s great songwriters, Johnny MacRae has died, according to several Nashville sources.

Songwriter Johnny MacRae died on Wednesday, July 3 at his home in Ashland City, Tenn., after suffering from heart disease. MacRae was 84 years old.

MacRae was responsible for writing such country hits like Conway Twitty’s “I’d Just Love To Lay You Down,” Doug Stone‘s “I’d Be Better Off In A Pine Box” and Reba McEntire’s “(You Lift Me) Up To Heaven.”

Other chart-ranked songs written or co-written by MacRae include:

  • I Still Believe in Waltzes    
  • You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody
  • Whiskey, If You Were a Woman
  • That's What You Do to Me
  • Living Proof
  • One Night Fever
  • There Will Always Be a Honky Tonk
  • Mama's Rockin' Chair
  • Don't Call Him a Cowboy

In lieu of a funeral, MacRae’s wife Mary will hold a celebration of life service for her late husband on Oct. 19 in Ashland City, Tenn.  It will be a “full moon” affair, which will include a bonfire and hayrides. It is meant to replicate the annual event that MacRae held for music business friends at his farm.

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