Paul Craft

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Paul Craft
Born (1938-08-12)August 12, 1938
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died October 18, 2014(2014-10-18) (aged 76)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter

Paul Craft (August 12, 1938 – October 18, 2014) was an American singer/songwriter.[1] The Memphis-born Craft was known as the songwriter for Mark Chesnutt's single "Brother Jukebox", and the novelty song "It's Me Again, Margaret", recorded by Ray Stevens, and Craft himself. Between 1977 and 1978, Craft charted three singles on RCA Nashville.

His song "Keep Me From Blowing Away" was originally recorded by The Seldom Scene on their 1973 album Act II and was then recorded by Linda Ronstadt on her 1974 album "Heart Like a Wheel", and has since been recorded by Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grascals and Willie Nelson. His song "Midnight Flyer" was recorded by the Eagles. His song "Dropkick Me, Jesus" was a No. 17 country hit for Bobby Bare in 1976. He also wrote Moe Bandy's "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life" and T. Graham Brown's "Come as You Were" among others.[2]

Craft was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5, 2014.[3]

Craft died at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee on October 18, 2014 at the age of 76.[4][5]


Year Single Chart Positions Songwriter Label
US Country[1]
1974 "It's Me Again, Margaret" 55 Paul Craft Truth
1977 "We Know Better" 98 Paul Craft RCA Nashville
"Lean on Jesus (Before He Leans on You)" 55 Mark Germino, Rob Stanley
1978 "Teardrops in My Tequila" 84 Paul Craft


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 107. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Langer, Emily (2014-10-20). "Paul Craft, who wrote country classics including ‘Dropkick Me, Jesus,’ dies at 76". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Paul Craft, Songwriters Hall of Famer, dies at age 76". 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  5. ^ Leahey, Andrew (2014-10-20). "Paul Craft Dead: Country Songwriter Dies at 76". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 

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