Guy Clark Dies at Age 74: Iconic Singer/Songwriter Penned “L.A. Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting for a Train”

Guy Clark Dies at Age 74: Iconic Singer/Songwriter Penned “L.A. Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting for a Train”

Texas troubadour Guy Clark passed away in Nashville this morning (May 17) after a long illness. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer was 74 years old.

Born in Monahans, Texas, in 1941, Guy moved to Nashville in 1971 where he became a prolific songwriter, penning such tunes as “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” “L.A. Freeway,” “That Old Time Feeling,” “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “Let Him Roll,” “Rita Ballou,” and “Texas 1947.” His songs were recorded by a who’s who of country legends, including Johnny Cash, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and more. Ricky Skagg’s scored a No. 1 song with Guy’s “Heartbroke” in 1982.

Guy albumGuy recorded more than 20 albums over his career, including his 2013 Grammy-winning Best Folk Album, My Favorite Picture of You.

Guy was preceded in death by his wife, Susanna, in 2012. He is survived by son Travis and daughter-in-law Krista McMurtry Clark; grandchildren Dylan and Ellie Clark; sisters Caroline Clark Dugan and Jan Clark; manager and friend Keith Case; and many more beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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