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.