If you’ve been a country music fan for any amount of time, you’ve likely stumbled upon the work of the great country music legend, Whitey Shafer. The Nashville community and fans across the globe were shocked by the news on January 12 that the hit songwriter passed away.
In his 84 years of life, he certainly accomplished a great deal in his career. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for several of his works including the songs notably made famous by George Strait, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” and “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.”
He got his start in the late 1980s with the hits listed above and quickly skyrocketed into musical stardom once he paired with Strait and when he wrote a few numbers for George Jones. He later wrote a song made famous by the late Keith Whitley titled “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me.”
Later on in his career, he also wrote works for John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, and Kenny Chesney. After the news of his passing broke, several artists and fans voiced their heartfelt sentiments about the beloved songwriter.
The Oak Ridge Boys tweeted: “Another legendary songwriter goes nome. Rest In Peace Whitey…"
One devout fan also tweeted: “The writer of some of my favorite songs has died. Whitey Shafer. Does Ft Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, That’s The Way Love Goes, and the list goes on. Whitey wrote one of the greatest songs ever. Listening to this and crying. RIP Whitey”
One of his fellow Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Member, Pat Alger, spoke about Shafer’s legacy: “He was on everyone’s top list of the greatest classic songwriters - great singers like Merle Haggard, George Strait, Keith Whitley, and Lee Ann Womack often got to the top singing one of his songs.”
Alger continued: “Whitey’s songs always had the perfect combination of a great melody paired with a unique point of view and a twist that was unmistakably his. I had the privilege of producing two tracks on him as a singer for a George Strait tribute CD and his playful earnest vocals were a roadmap for anyone wanting to find their way into country music at its best.”
Please keep the Shafer family in your thoughts and prayers during the coming months as they grieve the loss of a beloved family member.