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Jerry Donald Chesnut (May 7, 1931 – December 15, 2018) was an American country music songwriter. His hits include "Good Year for the Roses" (recorded by Alan Jackson, George Jones and Elvis Costello) and "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" (recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975, and Travis Tritt in 1992.)
Born and raised in Harlan County, Kentucky, he moved to Nashville in 1958 to pursue his career. In 1967, Del Reeves recorded Chesnut's "A Dime at a Time" to give the songwriter his first chart hit single. In 1968, Jerry Lee Lewis's hit recording of Chesnut's "Another Place, Another Time" was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1972, Chesnut was named Billboard's 'Songwriter of the Year', and in 1992 he became a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Jerry Chesnut died in Nashville on December 15, 2018 at the age of 87.
Selective list of songs
This list includes the song title and artist(s) who have recorded the song.
- "A Dime At A Time" – Del Reeves, Steep Canyon Rangers (as "One Dime at a Time")
- "Another Place, Another Time" – Jerry Lee Lewis, Arthur Alexander
- "Daddy Did His Best" – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Dale Ann Bradley
- "Don't She Look Good?" – Bill Anderson, Eddy Arnold
- "Good Year for the Roses" – Alan Jackson, George Jones, Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Johnny Paycheck, Toni Willé
- "Holding on to Nothing" – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
- "It's Four in the Morning" – Faron Young, Tom Jones
- "Weakness In A Man" – Waylon Jennings, Roy Drusky
- "If Not for You" - George Jones
- "It's Midnight" – Elvis Presley
- "Looking at the World Through a Windshield" – Del Reeves, Son Volt, Commander Cody
- "Love Coming Down" – Elvis Presley
- "Love of a Rolling Stone" – Bonnie Tyler
- "Miles And Miles From Nowhere" – Arthur Alexander
- "Oney" – Johnny Cash
- "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" – Elvis Presley, Travis Tritt
- "They Don't Make 'em Like My Daddy" – Loretta Lynn
- "The Wonders You Perform" – Tammy Wynette
- "Woman Without Love" – Elvis Presley, Bob Luman, Joe Simon, Johnny Darrell, T.D. Valentine, Brook Benton
- "Jerry Chesnut - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- "Harlan County native, Hall of Fame songwriter dies in Nashville". Wymt.com. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- "Woman Without Love - Joe Simon - Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- "Jerry Chesnut - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- Jerry Chesnut Official site
- Nashville Songwriter's Foundation bio
- Entry at discogs.com
- Entry at discogs.com for Jerry Chesnut Music, Inc.
- Entry at discogs.com for Jerry Chesnut Music
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