Singer/songwriter Lorene Mann has died at the age of 76.
Mann passed away on Friday (24May13), according to MusicRow.com.
The Tennessee-born musician moved to Nashville at the age of 19 to pursue songwriting, and she went on to pen tracks in the 1960s for stars such as Kitty Wells, Rex Allen and Skeeter Davis. She signed to RCA Records in 1964 and worked with Justin Tubb before carving out a solo career for herself.
Mann also appeared in several Tv shows and movies, including 1975 Burt Reynolds film W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.
The singer co-founded the Nashville Songwriters Association International (Nsai), and, in 2011, she was handed the organisation's Maggie Cavender Award, a lifetime-achievement honour in recognition of her "extraordinary service to the songwriting community".
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.