Noted songwriter Marijohn Wilkins passes

Marijohn WilkinsMarijohn Wilkins, a long-time Nashville songwriter, passed away this past Saturday after a prolonged battle with heart disease.

Among her many hit songs was one that has made its way into the bluegrass canon, Long Black Veil, originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell in 1959. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall Of Fame in 1975.

Both and have stories noting her career and marking her passing.

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