Charlie Williams, songwriter, publisher, actor and radio personality, died of cancer Oct. 15 in Nashville. He was 62.Beginning his professional career in radio, Williams traversed the country working in Tupelo, Fort Worth, Pasadena, L.A., San Francisco and Nashville. While in L.A. he also did work for the Armed Forces Radio & Television service. In addition, he served as co-host of “Town Hall Party,” a country music TV show on KTLA-TV. As a songwriter, Williams is credited with having more than 200 of his compositions recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis. He was the recipient of five BMI songwriting awards as well as a BMI “Million-Air” award for his song “500 Miles Away From Home.” Williams moved to Nashville in 1973, opening the country division of ATV Music. Eventually he ran Willie Nelson Music and in 1983 joined Green Harbor Music, a publishing company owned by his wife, Diane Dickerson. TV credits include “Highway Patrol,””Gunsmoke””Wagon Train” and “Dragnet.” Film work included “Next of Kin,””Last Days of Frank and Jesse James” and “The Proud and the Profane.” Williams is survived by his wife and sons Peter and Scott.
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