"She missed her bus, missed her plane/ Surely, this can be explained/ Lost her car at the mall/ Got lost in a bathroom stall/ Joined a cult, joined the Klan/ On the road with Pearl Jam/ Buried with the Grateful Dead/ Came back as a parrot head/ Got derailed, got de-iced/ Offered as a sacrifice/ FBI, CIA, if they've seen her/ They ain't saying/ No news! Still no news!" No News - Sam Hogin- Phil Barnhart-Mark D. Sanders.


When Sam Hogin died in Nashville on August 9 at 54 he shared a fate with many peers - his songs were better known than him.

But, with 179 titles listed with BMI and many others elsewhere, his creativity will earn hefty royalties for his estate long after he departed.

Hogin, known for his eccentricities, suffered from diabetes and was undergoing dialysis.

A memorial service was held for the writer whose forte was lyrics.

Sam was twice nominated for the Country Music Association's song of the year award - in 1981 for the Don Williams hit I Believe In You - co-written with Roger Cook.

The song was a #1 hit in 1980 for frequent Aussie tourist - Texan born Don Williams.

The song blended old-school tributes to faith and family with lines that challenged traditional thoughts about religion, politics and society.

''I don't believe that heaven waits for only those who congregate'' was one line.

Another verse said, ''I don't believe the price of gold/ The certainty of growing old/ That right is right and left is wrong/ That north and south can't get along."

It concluded ''But I believe in love, I believe in babies/ I believe in mom and dad, and I believe in you.''

Don Williams


Hogin was nominated for a CMA Award in 1998 for Martina McBride's hit A Broken Wing, a co-write with Cook, James House and Phil Barnhart.

He scored wide exposure on Nu Country FM for Lone Star's dance mix and hit version of No News.

Hogin also wrote Runnin' Away With My Heart and What Would It Take for the band that was the launch pad for latter day star John Rich of Big & Rich.

Rich was also the prime mover in the career of Redneck Woman chart topper Gretchen Wilson.

Hogin was a staff writer for more than 15 years at Sony Tree where he worked alongside hit composers such as Don Cook, Bobby Braddock and Kix Brooks.

''The first time we wrote together Sam sat on the floor with an empty tablet,'' said Brooks of superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn.

''I said, 'What do you play? Piano? Guitar?' He said, 'Naw, I just write.' He was a great writer, with no ego, and he was a special, caring guy.''

''He was an incredibly unique writing talent,'' said Cook - the famed songwriter and hit producer.

''It all came from a unique place. I loved working with him and loved hanging out with him because he was so off the wall. He tried to sing a few times, and we begged him not to do that anymore. He wasn't a singer, but he was a lyricist, and a hell of a good one.''


Texan star Lee Ann Womack wrote with Hogin when attempting to kick start her career. ''I was thinking, 'Why would this guy want to spend time with me?'', Womack recalled, "I was intimidated because I knew his track record, but he immediately put me at ease. He was always willing to spend time with and nurture new artists.''

Such was Hogin's humility.

His other hits included Shenandoah's I Want To Be Loved Like That, Rhett Akins' Don't Get Me Started, Wade Hayes What I Meant to Say and Crystal Gayle pair Too Many Lovers and Livin' in These Troubled Times.

And Hogin also wrote the pre-fame Shania Twain tune Dance With the One That Brought You with Gretchen Peters.
< Lee Ann Womack

Other artists to earn him royalties included thrice wed recent father and hell raiser Trace Adkins, George Jones and Sara Evans.

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