With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves and "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" for Roy Orbison. However, her biggest copyright came as a result of a song that was a major hit for co-writer Eddy Arnold in 1956 and Mickey Gilley in 1981. It also was one of the biggest hits for Ray Charles. As we remember this great American composer, who passed away six years ago this weekend, let's shine the spotlight on Willie Nelson's version of the classic "You Don't Know Me."
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