NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bobby Russell, who wrote such pop hits as “Little Green Apples,””Honey” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” has died at age 52.
Russell died Thursday at his home in rural Jessamine County, Ky., where he had lived since moving from Nashville 1 1/2 years ago. He had a history of coronary artery disease.
“Little Green Apples” was recorded by Roger Miller, O.C. Smith and Patti Page. The O.C. Smith rendition won Grammy awards in 1968 for song of the year and best country song.
Also in 1968, “Honey,” recorded by Bobby Goldsboro, was voted song of the year by the Country Music Assn.
“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” was a hit in 1973 by Vicki Lawrence and was a hit this year by Reba McEntire.
Others who recorded Russell’s music include Elvis Presley, Ray Stevens, Andy Williams, Roy Clark and Mel Tillis.
Russell wrote the musical score for the movie “Grasshopper” and other movie and television scores.
He is survived by his wife, mother and a sister.