Freddy Powers, Country Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 84

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Freddy Powers performs to a sold-out crowd during Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic at The Backyard on July 4, 2010, in Austin, Texas.

Country artist Freddy Powers died on Tuesday at the age of 84, ending a long battle with Parkinson's disease. 

The singer, songwriter, musician and producer worked with Merle Haggard for decades, the two of them penning chart-topping hits such as "I Always Get Lucky With You," "A Friends in California," "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room Tonight" and others. Powers also produced Willie Nelson's Grammy-winning album Somewhere Over the Rainbow from 1981, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Late in life Powers began work on a memoir with his wife, Catherine, and music biographer Jake Brown called The Spree of 83' that is due for release in February 2017 via Waldorf Publishing.