Country music legend and Grammy Award winner dies aged 73, just a year after losing his wife

Rodolfo Vieira
Mar 30, 2018
08:59 A.M.

Almost everyone loves music, and its industry is full of great talents that make the world a better place with their craft. But some are better than others.


Kenny O'Dell was a man who could be considered a true gem. The country singer was one of the most influential names in the business but, unfortunately, he passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member died of natural causes at the age of 73 in a healthcare facility in Cool Springs, just outside of Nashville, as reported by Faith Family America.

Bart Herbison, NSAI Executive Director and a very close friend of the artist, said that part of him went missing after losing his wife, Corki Casey O'Dell, last year. He loved her very much.


Kenny was the man responsible for writing Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich's Nº 1 single, as well as the Judds' Mama He's Crazy. He used to be one of the most talented songwriters in the country genre.

According to the source, although Kenny was proud of being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he was even prouder of being a part of the Musicians Hall of Fame.

The late 73-year-old's career didn't start when he arrived at Nashville at the age of 25. He began writing lyrics for other artists, such as Kenny Rogers and Dottie West.


As reported by Faith Family America, Kenny eventually released his own albums between 1968 and 1978, with Let's Shake Hands and Come Out Lovin being his greatest hit.

But his most famous accomplishment was Behind Closed Doors, which is considered to be one of the most played songs in country music. The song earned him a Grammy for Best Country Song and a CMA award for Song of the Year, both in 1973.

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