Oh, Pretty Woman Songwriter Bill Dees Dead at 73

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William “Bill” Dees

Singer-songwriter William “Bill” Dees, co-writer with Roy Orbison of such global hits as “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “It’s Over,” died Wednesday night at a nursing facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was 73.

A resident of Forsyth, Missouri, near Branson, the entertainment was diagnosed this summer with an inoperable brain tumor.

Orbison’s rendition of “Oh, Pretty Woman” was heard in the soundtrack of the 2001 Futurama episode “The Cyber House Rules.”

Though best known for his work with Orbison, Dees wrote songs that were recorded by such other famed performers as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Glen Campbell.

Born in Borger, Texas on January 24, 1939, he had lived for the last three decades in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks.

Funeral services are pending.

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