'TOBACCO ROAD' SONGWRITER, JOHN D. LOUDERMILK, DIES
Sep 23, 2016
By Bob Komsic
While you likely never recall hearing his name, many Zoomers have heard his work.
John D. Loudermilk, who made some rockabilly records in the 1950s, made a name for himself in the music business in the 1960s and 70s.
After moving to Nashville from his native North Carolina, he wrote all kinds of songs – ”Ebony Eyes” for the Everly Brothers, ”Tobacco Road” which Loudermilk first recorded and then was covered by The Nashville Teens and others, ”Abilene”, which he co-wrote and became the biggest hit for George Hamilton IV, and ”Indian Reservation ( The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” a number 1 hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders.
John Loudermilk died of a heart attack at age 82.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.