Don Schlitz

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Don Schlitz
Birth name Donald Alan Schlitz, Jr.[1]
Born (1952-08-29) August 29, 1952 (age 62)
Origin Durham, North Carolina, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1978-present
Associated acts Kenny Rogers

Donald Alan "Don" Schlitz, Jr. (born August 29, 1952 in Durham, North Carolina) is a country music songwriter. For his songwriting efforts, Schlitz has earned two Grammys, as well as four ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year awards. Since 1993, Schlitz has also been a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.[2]

Songwriting career[edit]

Schlitz' first hit as a songwriter was Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler", which became a crossover country hit upon its release in 1978, later becoming one of Rogers' signature songs.[2] Since then, Schlitz has written numerous country songs and penned several hits for other country artists. Among his biggest hits are two Number One songs which he co-wrote with Paul Overstreet, "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis and "When You Say Nothing at All" by Keith Whitley.

United States President George H. W. Bush also commissioned Schlitz to write a theme song for his "Points of Light" program.[2] This song, "Point of Light", was a No. 3 country hit for Travis in 1991.


He composed the music for the musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


In addition to writing hit singles for other artists, Schlitz has recorded three albums of his own. The first, titled Dreamers' Matinee, was released in 1980 on Capitol Records. A live compilation, titled Live at the Bluebird Café, was released in 2001. In 2010, Schlitz released another studio album of new material, Allergic to Crazy.


Year Title US Country
1978 "The Gambler" 65
1979 "You're the One Who Rewrote My Life Story" 91

Singles co-written by Don Schlitz[edit]

Singles written or co-written by Don Schlitz include the following. Asterisks denote songs which reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard country charts.



  1. ^ Full name per Broadcast Music Incorporated database
  2. ^ a b c Brennan, Sandra. "allmusic ((( Don Schlitz > Biography )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  3. ^ "2010 Inductees". North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 10, 2012.