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Hal Bynum

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Hal Bynum
Birth nameHarold Lynn Bynum[1]
BornSeptember 29, 1934
Ralls, Texas, U.S.
DiedJune 2, 2022(2022-06-02) (aged 87)
GenresCountry music

Harold Lynn Bynum (September 29, 1934 – June 2, 2022)[2] was an American songwriter associated with the outlaw country movement in the 1970s. Bynum wrote more than 200 songs for popular country artists,[3] including Kenny Rogers ("Lucille"), Patty Loveless ("Chains"), Johnny Cash ("Papa Was a Good Man"), Cash and Waylon Jennings ("There Ain't No Good Chain Gang"), and Jim Reeves ("Nobody's Fool").[1] Bynum also wrote "The Old, Old House", which has been performed by George Jones, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and the Grateful Dead.

In 1977, Bynum received songwriter awards from the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music for "Lucille" (co-written with Roger Bowling), the Song of the Year. Bynum's autobiographical book, The Promise (2002) (also the name of his 2002 album) describes his upbringing in Texas and his work as a songwriter in Nashville. Bynum is also known for his spoken word recordings. Both his book and the album of the same name were released on Bynum's Beauregard Books/Records label.[4]

He died from the combined effects of Alzheimer's disease and a stroke at the age of 87 In June 2022.[1]

Selected discography[edit]

  • If I Could Do Anything (1998)
  • An American Prayer (2004)
  • The Promise (2002)


  1. ^ a b c "Harold Bynum Obituary - Nashville Cremation Center - Nashville - 2022". Legacy.com. Retrieved August 2, 2023.
  2. ^ Bynum, Rebecca (June 2, 2022). "Country Songwriter Hal Bynum Has Passed Away". Einnews.com. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  3. ^ Purvis, Greg (April 6, 2006). "Songwriter visits WWIC". The Daily Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 19, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Stark, Phyllis (July 20, 2002). "Nashville Scene". Billboard. Vol. 114, no. 29. p. 27. ISSN 0006-2510.

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