Danny Mayo

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Danny "Bear" Mayo
Birth name Daniel Mayo
Born (1950-10-02)October 2, 1950 [1]
Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.
Died October 2, 1999(1999-10-02) (aged 49)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter

Danny "Bear" Mayo (October 2, 1950 – October 2, 1999) was an American songwriter, primarily known for writing country hits for artists such as Alabama, Tracy Byrd, Pirates of the Mississippi and Confederate Railroad. Byrd's "The Keeper of the Stars", which he wrote with Dickey Lee and Karen Staley, was named Song of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1995.[2]


Danny Mayo grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. He graduated Emma Sansom High School. He then joined the United States Navy and moved to Charleston, South Carolina.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Becky Thornhill (née Harwood), but they divorced before he moved to Nashville. They have two children, Aimee Mayo and Cory Mayo, both songwriters themselves.


Mayo was staying at the Ramada Inn in Nashville for his 49th birthday celebration. His son, Cory, wrote his very first song for his father's birthday. However, when he did not arrive at the Broken Spoke Saloon, a songwriters cafe in the hotel, friends went to check on him. Hotel management had to open the room door and found him dead of a heart attack.[4]



  1. ^ Alabama Music Hall of Fame link
  2. ^ "ACMs - Previous Winners - Song of the Year". About.com. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  3. ^ Glencoe's Aimee and Cory Mayo follow their father's success in Nashville [1]
  4. ^ Danny Mayo, heart attack death