Singer Bill Phillips Passes

Country singer Bill Phillips, best known for his hit “Put It Off Until Tomorrow,” and for playing a pivotal role in Dolly Parton’s early career died yesterday, Aug. 23. He was 74.

Parton co-wrote and sang on “Tomorrow,” which helped her garner enough attention to land a record deal.

When Phillips came to Nashville he signed with Cedarwood Publishing and Columbia Records. But his biggest success came at Decca Records, where he had two top 10 hits in 1966: “Tomorrow” and “The Company You Keep,” both written by Parton and her uncle Bill Owens. Phillips also reached the Top 10 with 1969’s “Little Boy Sad.” Among the hits he wrote that were recorded by others were Webb Pierce’s “Falling Back To You.”

Phillips was also a frequent guest on many television shows, including those headed up by Porter Wagoner, Bill Anderson, and Parton. He was also part of Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright’s TV show and touring troupe from the late ‘60s until 1984.

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