The country music industry is mourning the loss of a great songwriter this week. Bobby Boyd, the writer behind hits, like “Two of a Kind Workin’ on a Full House” and “Working Man’s PHD,” has passed away at the age of 69.
Boyd got his start in music way back in the 1960s and ’70s. During that time, he performed at a club in Chattanooga almost nightly. Eventually, he wound up as a staff writer for Jimmy Bowen, writing several of his hit songs while employed there.
Over the years, he wrote songs for artists like Garth Brooks, Aaron Tippin, Martina McBride, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and George Jones, just to name a few.
Boyd was such a talented songwriter that he was also able to stray outside the confines of country music. In the ’60s and ’70s, he teamed up with Little Richard, The Platters and The Coasters as well as several other notable artists.
Throughout his career, Boyd was always making changes to his writing. Just recently, he moved from Nashville to Austin for this reason. According to his website, Boyd always said that the move was conducive to both his writing and his performing. He had even begun returning to his R&B roots towards the latter part of his life.
Boyd wrote a lot of songs over his lengthy career, so there are still ways you can remember him. His music will carry on for years to come, and it will be a long time before we forget him.
A memorial service for the songwriter was held by his family on June 24. They are asking his fans for help paying for the cremation and memorial. If you would like to donate, you can check out the GoFund Me page, here.