‘Misty Blue’ songwriter Bob Montgomery dies at 77

The songwriter is best known for some of Buddy Holly’s hits

On December 4th, songwriter Bob Montgomery passed away at the age of 77 from Parkinson’s Disease.

Best known for co-writing some of Buddy Holly’s biggest hits, “Heartbeat,” “Wishing” and “Love’s Made a Fool of You” as well as the pop standard “Misty Blue,” Montgomery was also a key figure in Nashville’s evolution of becoming Music City USA. He also made major contributions as a record producer, music publisher and label executive during his six decade career, according to close friend and country music critic Robert K. Oermann.

Montgomery produced and helped boost the careers of Vern Gosdin, Janie Fricke, Bobby Goldsboro and Joe Diffie. His House of Gold publishing company, which published iconic songs like “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” became one of the top song firms on Music Row within five years of being formed in late 1969. He also created hit-making rosters for United Artists, Epic and Columbia Records.

Montgomery started out as Holly’s duet partner in the duo Buddy and Bob from 1949-1955, even opening a concert for Elvis Presley. He then become a recording engineer in Clovis, NM, continuing to work with Holly as well as The Crickets, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, Buddy Knox and Roy Orbison. It wasn’t until late 1959 when he moved to Nashville and became a staff songwriter for Acuff-Rose Publishing.

Montgomery is survived by his wife and business partner Cathy Montgomery, daughters Echo Annette Garrett and Dee Dee Dawn Cooley and son Kevin Montgomery who is a pop singer-songwriter who has also recorded for A&M Records and has achieved success in the U.K.

Visitation is Monday, December 8th from 5-8 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home on Thompson Lane in Nashville with funeral services Tuesday, December 9th at 2 pm.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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