Hal Bynum

Hal Bynum, who co-wrote Kenny Rogers’ classic hit “Lucille,” died on June 2, 2022. He was 87. Born in Texas, the Navy veteran moved to Nashville in 1968 after landing cuts like George Jones’ “The Old, Old House” and Jim Reeves’ “Nobody’s Fool.” Written by Bynum and Roger Bowling, “Lucille” vividly captures a moment between the title character in a Toledo bar and the heartbroken husband who confronts her. Among its accolades, “Lucille” collected the 1977 ACM Single and Song of the Year awards. Bynum’s other writing credits include Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings’1978 single, “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang,” as well as Patty Loveless’ 1990 No. 1 hit, “Chains.” He also had songs recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Lee Greenwood, and Ray Price.