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Henry Redd Stewart, singer and co-writer of such country standards as “Tennessee Waltz,” “Soldier’s Last Letter” and “You Belong to Me,” died Sunday in Louisville, Ky., as the result of head injuries suffered in the early 1990s when he fell at his home. He was 80. His wife died a week before him.

“Tennessee Waltz,” the mournful yet lilting song about stolen love, became one of the namesake state’s official songs and was a huge hit for singer Patti Page, selling 3 million at the time, and millions more since.

Ashland City, Tenn., native and the son of musical parents, was an accomplished banjoist as a child and began playing in local bands after completing the seventh grade. In 1935, he contracted to write a song for a car dealer’s commercial in Louisville and moved on to other jingles. Two years later he got a job playing in Pee Wee King’s band, the Golden West Cowboys. With that outfit, Stewart played on the Grand Ole Opry for many years.

In 1944, his song “Soldier’s Last Letter” was released by Ernest Tubb. It stayed at No.1 on the Billboard country chart for four weeks. His most popular song, “Tennessee Waltz,” was written with King in 1948. The pair also created the hit “Bonaparte’s Retreat” and, with Chilton Price, “Slow Poke” and “You Belong to Me,” made famous by Jo Stafford.

Stewart had two gold records and received several awards in country music, including induction in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Over the years, he also collaborated musically with his wife, singer Darlene Collins Stewart, who died July 26.