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Walker dies at 64

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Billy Joe Walker Jr., who produced artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt and Mark Chesnutt, died on Texas in Kerrville, Tex. at 64.

Walker produced Bryan White's first three albums along with "Down the Road I Go" for Tritt.

Walker enjoyed success as a songwriter as well, penning Eddie Rabbit's "I Wanna Dance With You" and "B-B-B-Burnin' Up With Love." John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Currington, Jerrod Niemann and Trisha Yearwood all have cut songs from the West Texas native.

At 14, Walker left home to pursue a career, moving to Los Angeles. Walker did session work for Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and the Beach Boys.

Walker also recorded seven albums on his own for MCA and Liberty.

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