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Published: 2/12/2016

SESAC Mourns the Passing of Songwriter

Kim Williams

SESAC mourns the passing of affiliate Kim Williams, an award-winning songwriter, Kim Williams who died Thursday, Feb. 11 at the age of 68.  Williams was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 on the strength of such country classics as “Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up,” “Papa Loved Mama,” “It’s Midnight Cinderella” and “She’s Gonna Make It” for Garth Brooks, “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)” by Joe Diffie and “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis which topped the charts and was named CMA’s Song of the Year in 2003.  

The victim of a near-fatal electrical fire at a glass plant in 1974 left Williams severely burned requiring multiple reconstructive surgeries, often at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.  The time spent in Music City spurred his interest in songwriting and soon he was on top of the charts with Diffie’s “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pickets)” in 1991. His eventual collaboration with Brooks yielded many hits and cultivated a deep friendship between the two men. 

Williams is survived by his wife Phyllis and daughter Amanda Williams, a gifted artist and songwriter.  Funeral arrangements will be announced.