|Born: May 7, 1931|
Loyall, Harlan County, KY, USA
Jerry Chesnut grew up in Kentucky. After serving in the military, he worked a variety of back-breaking jobs, writing songs when he had the time. Eventually, his love for country music led him to move to Nashville to try his hand at songwriting and performing. After a few years, Chesnut's song A Dime at a Time was recorded by Del Reeves, which went to number 12 in the country music charts. Chesnut continued to write songs for a number of performers, such as Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, George Jones, and yet more songs for Del Reeves. Eventually, in 1972, Jerry Chesnut was Billboard Magazine's Songwriter of the Year. He had written a number one song performed by Faron Young entitled It's Four in the Morning, as well as writing many other hit songs for Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette. In the early 1990's, Chesnut was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame.