3 Weeks After Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Singer-Songwriter Ramsey Kearney Dies At 86

Advertisement
3 Weeks After Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Singer-Songwriter Ramsey Kearney Dies At 86 | Classic Country Music Videos

Facebook / David W Gordon, Facebook / Dominique Anglares

Advertisement
Advertisement

Longtime country singer and songwriter Ramsey Kearney has passed away at the age of 86.

Best-known for his collaboration with Mel Tillis on Brenda Lee’s 1961 hit song “Emotions,” Kearney also is known for penning “Nine Little Teardrops” by Sue Thompson, Eddie Arnold’s “Lonely People,” and “Big Flicking Baby” by Moe Bandy.

Advertisement

From Paul WilliesMy late wife Carlisa's father, Ramsey Kearney passed away quietly on Saturday at a Hospice in…

Posted by Dominique Anglares on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

According to information from Kearney’s son-in-law, Paul Willies, through a statement shared with Dominique Agnlares, Ramsey Kearney passed away in Nashville at a hospice center on March 14th, 2020.

R.I.P….Ramsey KearneyOn 3-14-2020..God took my DAD..He is now in the country music heaven of fame..He now can sing…

Posted by David W Gordon on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Among his credits for songwriting, Kearney was also known as a singer and his original composition of Brenda Lee’s hit “Emotions” was cut as a demo with his voice.

Willies writes, “The original version of ‘Emotions’ was a solo composition by Ramsey. In 1957 Kearney recorded a demo of the song with which he approached the Nashville music publishers where Mel Tillis was a staff writer. Tillis would recall: ‘I really liked the song and I told him…’You know, I think that I can get the song recorded by Carl Smith’.’ Carl Smith did indeed record the song with the track serving as B-side to his #2 C&W hit ‘Why, Why’.”

Kearney’s career as a singer was filled with more than 20 singles and charting songs like “King of Oak Street” and “One Time Thing” – both late 80s hits. He would go on to record more than 25 albums including an Eddie Arnold tribute and a holiday album.

Music Row reports that due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, services for him will not be public.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. 

Share on Facebook Share on Facebook

Don’t Miss Out! Sign up for the Latest Updates