Oh, Pretty Woman Songwriter Bill Dees Dead at 73

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William "Bill" Dees

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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