Songwriter Johnny MacRae Dies at 84


John MacRae

Songwriter Johnny MacRae died on Wednesday, July 3 at his home in Ashland City, Tenn., after suffering from heart disease. MacRae was 84 years old.

The songwriter is known for country hits like Conway Twitty’s “I’d Just Love To Lay You Down,” Doug Stone‘s “I’d Be Better Off In A Pine Box” and Reba McEntire’s “(You Lift Me) Up To Heaven.”

In lieu of a funeral, MacRae’s wife Mary will hold a celebration of life service for her late husband on Oct. 19 in Ashland City, Tenn.


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