Norro Wilson

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Norro Wilson
Birth nameNorris Denton Wilson[1]
Born(1938-04-04)April 4, 1938
Scottsville, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedJune 8, 2017(2017-06-08) (aged 79)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active1969-2017

Norris "Norro" Denton Wilson[2] (April 4, 1938 – June 8, 2017) was an American country music singer-songwriter, producer, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Wilson wrote or co-wrote numerous hit songs during more than 40 years in the industry, including songs for David Houston, Jean Shepard, Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette, among many others. He also produced or co-produced songs for dozens of artists, including early Reba McEntire, Joe Stampley, Margo Smith, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, and Shania Twain.

Earlier in his career, Wilson also charted ten singles on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart. The biggest of his three Top 40 hits was "Do It to Someone You Love" (written by Tom T. Hall) which reached No. 20 in 1970.[1]. He also recorded two songs, “Hey, Mister!” and “Mama McClusky”, that were the basis for Charlie Rich’s 1973 number one song, “The Most Beautiful Girl”.

He died on June 8, 2017, in Nashville from heart failure.[3]



Year Album US Country Label
1969 Dedicated To: Only You 40 Smash


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country[1] CAN Country
1969 "Only You" 68 Dedicated To: Only You
"Love Comes but Once in a Lifetime" 44
"Shame on Me" 56 singles only
1970 "Do It to Someone You Love" 20
"Old Enough to Want To (Fool Enough to Try)" 53
1972 "Everybody Needs Lovin'" 28 47
1973 "Darlin' Raise the Shade" 64
"Ain't It Good (To Feel This Way)" 35 82
1974 "Loneliness (Can Break a Good Man Down)" 96
1977 "So Close Again" (w/ Margo Smith) 43 Happiness (Margo Smith album)

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 472. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ In Memory of Norris “Norro” Denton Wilson June 8, 2017 accessdate December 12, 2017
  3. ^ Betts, Stephen (2017-06-08). "Norro Wilson, Nashville Songwriter and Producer, Dead at 79". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-09. Retrieved 2007-07-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ BubbleUp, LTD. "special awards". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  • Hight, Michael. "Norro Wilson". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. 1998. p. 596.
  • Hyatt, Wesley. The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits. New York: Billboard Publications. 1999.
  • Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York), 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)

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