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Sorrells Pickard

Actor, country musician-songwriter

Sorrells Pickard, actor and country musician-songwriter who later became a peanut butter entrepreneur, died July 5 at his home in Keystone Heights, Fla., after a heart attack. He was 63.

Pickard’s varied career included writing four of the songs and playing guitar on Ringo Starr’s 1970 album, “Beaucoups of Blues.”

Born James W. Bazzell Jr. in Jacksonville, Fla., Pickard launched his career after high school by singing in local clubs.

He moved to Nashville, where he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry TV show; he later moved to Los Angeles, where he appeared in the movies “Hardbodies,” “Hardbodies II” and “Running Hot.”

Pickard wrote more than 100 songs recorded by artists including David Rogers, Roy Clark, Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, Slim Whitman and the Statler Brothers.

With former film editor Herb Dow, Pickard launched Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter in 1999.

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