Country songwriter Hank Cochran dead at 74

NASHVILLE, TN. (AP) - Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of hits including "Make the World Go Away"for Eddy Arnold, has died. He was 74.

Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hendersonville north of Nashville.  He had been in declining health in recent years, and suffered anaortic aneurysm in March.

He wrote these No. 1 hits: "I Fall to Pieces" by Patsy Cline;"Ocean Front Property" by George Strait; "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me" by Ronnie Milsap; "He's Got You" by Cline and Loretta Lynn; "I Want to Go With You" by Arnold; "Set 'em Up Joe" by Vern Gosdin and "That's All That Matters to Me" by Mickey Gilley.

Cochran was born in Isola, Miss. and worked the New Mexico oilfields as a young man.

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