Renowned Hall Of Fame Songwriter Wayland Holyfield Has Died

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The realm of country music has lost one of its most illustrious figures, Wayland Holyfield, who passed away at the age of 82 on Monday, May 6.

Known for his remarkable talent as a songwriter, Holyfield’s contributions to country music have left an indelible mark on the industry.

Remembering Wayland Holyfield: A Pillar of Country Music Songwriting

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Holyfield’s journey into the heart of country music began when he moved to Nashville in the 1970s. It was here that he embarked on a career that would see him become one of the most revered songwriters in country music.

Over his 43 years as an ASCAP member, Holyfield crafted songs that resonated deeply with audiences, earning him a place among music legends.

ASCAP President Paul Williams shared a heartfelt message, expressing, “With heavy hearts the ASCAP family mourns the passing of songwriter Wayland Holyfield who wrote among the most enduring country hits of his generation…We will miss his intelligence, his remarkable wit, and most of all his friendship.”


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Holyfield’s prolific songwriting yielded 14 No. 1 hits, with more than 40 of his compositions reaching the Top 10. His talent for crafting hit songs made him a favorite among country music’s elite, with stars such as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, and Randy Travis among the many who brought his songs to life.

In 1975, Don Williams’ rendition of “You’re My Best Friend” became a No. 1 hit, solidifying Holyfield’s status as a master storyteller.

Perhaps one of Holyfield’s most celebrated achievements came with Anne Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance,” a song that not only topped the charts in 1980 but also won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.

This song, which Holyfield cited as his favorite, also became the love theme for the film Urban Cowboy, further showcasing his impact on country music and popular culture.

Beyond his songwriting, Holyfield was a fervent advocate for the rights and recognition of songwriters.

Holyfield’s unwavering dedication to the Nashville songwriting community was clearly reflected in his significant contributions.

As reported by Music Row, he not only served as President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International but also took on the role of Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board.

Holyfield’s contributions to country music were recognized with several awards, including the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Presidential Award, and a CMA Triple Play Award. His induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 was proof of his influence and legacy in the music industry.

Wayland Holyfield’s passing has left a void not only in his family, survived by his wife Nancy and their three adult children, but also across the broader music industry. His legacy is felt deeply among those who had the privilege of bringing his words to life.

Holyfield’s departure was peaceful, as he passed away in his sleep at his home. The specifics regarding the cause of his death have yet to be disclosed.

As the country music community mourns the loss of Wayland Holyfield, his songs continue to resonate with audiences around the world. While details of his funeral are still pending, one thing is clear: Holyfield’s impact on country music will be remembered for generations to come.

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