“We lost another one of our great country singer songwriters today,” the country icon starts off on Twitter.” Like many of the genre’s stars today, the music of Ed Bruce was highly influential for Tim McGraw. Bruce’s prolific career saw him craft songs for everyone from Tanya Tucker to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
The latter two would go on to record their own duet rendition of Ed Bruce’s biggest hit – a song McGraw calls out by name:
“The man behind “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and more,” he continues in his tribute, alongside a photo of one of his favorite Ed Bruce albums. “So many cool records of his that I listened to growing up.”
The Remarkable Life of Ed Bruce
Ed Bruce was born in Keiser, Arkansas on December 29, 1939. While Arkansas was his place of birth, Bruce considered Tennessee his home state. Bruce’s family came to Memphis, TN early in his childhood, and the songwriter remained in the state until his death.
According to his website, Bruce began writing songs early in life, as well. Such was his talent that he became a recording artist with Memphis’ legendary Sun Records before even graduating high school. His first track with the label that made Elvis Presley famous? “Rock Boppin’ Baby.”
Ed’s early career was hit & miss, as he crafted songs for other artists here and there throughout the sixties. His first big success as a country songwriter came when Charlie Louvin took on Bruce’s “See the Big Man Cry”. For the first time, one of his own went all the way to No. 7 on the charts. He would score his own first charting single in 1967 with “Walker’s Woods.”
The 1970s, however, would bring Ed Bruce considerable fame. Tanya Tucker took on his writing with “The Man That Turned My Mama On,” while Crystal Gayle’s recording of “Restless” also saw great success. Following these 1974 triumphs as a songwriter, Bruce would finally get his own Top 20 Billboard hit in 1976 with his best-known song, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”
Our condolences to the family, friends, and fellows fans of Ed Bruce from all of us at Outsider.com.
[H/T Taste of Country]