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Poets and Prophets feat. Norro Wilson 

When: Sat., March 5, 1:30 p.m. 2011
A songwriter who hit with such indelible tunes as “The Most Beautiful Girl” and “The Grand Tour” — not to mention the rare Music Row figure to have a sushi roll named in his honor at Koto — Norro Wilson has made contributions to country music that go beyond his composing credits. Born in 1938 in Scottsville, Ky., Wilson cut his teeth as a singer with gospel group The Southlanders Quartet. He came to Nashville in the late ’50s, where he sang with Ferlin Husky and Faron Young. In the ’60s, Wilson worked as a songwriter and producer with Billy Sherrill, and wrote such classic Sherrill-produced Tammy Wynette smashes as “I’ll See Him Through” and “Another Lonely Song.” In addition, he penned “The Most Beautiful Girl” for Charlie Rich and “Night Games” for Charley Pride. Working as a producer — often in tandem with Buddy Cannon — Wilson helmed records by John Anderson, Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney. His pop sensibility has helped define modern country, and that’s no small accomplishment.
— Edd Hurt


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