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Merle Kilgore
Birth: Aug. 9, 1934
Death: Feb. 6, 2005

Songwriter. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he was a singer-guitarist, most noted for being a pop and country music songwriter. He began his career working as a disc jockey and musician before joining the Louisiana Hayride radio show as the principal accompanying guitarist. He debuted on the Grand Ole Opry, and appeared on the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, in 1952, signing with Imperial Records in 1953. He wrote the song "More and More," which was recorded by Web Pierce and became a Top 10 Country Hit. He continued to generate other hits with his songs such as "Baby Rocked Her Dolly", "Ring "Wolverton Mountain", "Johnny Reb", "Love Has Made You Beautiful" and "Gettin' Old Before Your Time". By the 1980s, he became the long time manager and friend of entertainer Hank Williams Jr. Despite his activities in music management, he continued to perform into his 60s and remained a familiar figure in country music thanks to his songwriting. He died of cancer in Tennessee and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Wyatt Kilgore (1907 - 1989)
  Gladys B Bell Kilgore (1909 - 2003)
 
 Children:
  Kimberly Kilgore Wilson (1957 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hendersonville Memory Gardens
Hendersonville
Sumner County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.31208, -86.59251
 
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Record added: Feb 07, 2005
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- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Aug. 9, 2014

- BeNotForgot
 Added: Aug. 9, 2014
Rest in heavenly peace, Merle.
- Patrick Flahive
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014
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