Photo: Laura StilsonVeteran songwriter Bill Dees, who co-wrote Roy Orbison's classic hits "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over" with the late rock 'n' roll singer, **** on October 24 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was 73. According to Orbison's official site, Dees was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor at the time of his death.
Dees also collaborated with Orbison on the music for the 1967 comedy-western film, The Fastest Guitar Alive. In addition, he penned songs for many other artists over the years. According to BillDees.com, Dees recorded and released a few solo albums late in his life.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held this Saturday in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, according to the Kirby & Family funeral home's website. In addition, a celebration of Dees life will take place on November 11 at Sanctuary of Hope Church in Branson, Missouri.
Dees is survived by his wife, four children, two stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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