I’m not really sure if this qualifies as an #rip_countrymusic post or not. On one hand, this is a beautiful memorial for hitmaking songwriter Jerry Chesnut. On the other hand, Jerry is, as I write this, very much alive and well.
Chesnutt’s memorial is in the Garden of the Grand Tour by George Jones, and it’s no wonder. Chesnut wrote “A Good Year for the Roses,” an incredible song of a broken marriage and one of Jones’ best performances. Elvis Costello did a great version of it as well. Chesnut also wrote songs for Elvis Presley (“T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” also a hit for Travis Tritt), Johnny Cash (“Oney”) and Jerry Lee Lewis (“Another Place, Another Time”), to name just a few.
About four years ago, Chesnut was interviewed in the Tennessean about “Good Year for the Roses.” He had lined the walkway to his house with hybrid tea roses. He cared for them and tended to them, but buds started falling off. He called the local garden center for help, and the person there explained that it was a very rainy spring, and roses don’t like too much water. “To be honest with you, it’s just not been a good year for roses,” he said. An idea was born, and the resulting song was a smash hit for Jones in 1970.
Chesnut was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He celebrated his 87th birthday on May 7 and hopefully will not be needing this gravesite anytime soon.
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