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Who Melvin Endsley
What Melvin Endsley, who wrote 'Singing the Blues,' dies
When August 18, 2004
Where Drasco, AR

Melvin Endsley, a songwriter best known for his hit "Singing the Blues", has died. He was 70.

Mr. Endsley's song-writing career began in the 1950s. Singing the Blues spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 1956 and has since been covered by more than 100 artists and, according to Broadcast Music Inc., the song has been played at least 3 million times.

Mr. Endsley died Monday evening at a hospital in Searcy, his daughter Vickie Wilson of Heber Springs said. He died of heart complications, she said.

Mr. Endsley had polio when he was 3 years old and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He formed his first band after he was admitted to the Crippled Children's Hospital in Memphis when he was 11.

He began writing songs early, and country-blues hits eventually earned him a spot in the Arkansas Entertainer Hall of Fame in Pine Bluff.

Mr. Endsley wrote more than 400 songs.

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