Thursday, September 02, 2004

SONGWRITEROBIT: Johnny Bragg, who co-wrote Just Walkin' In The Rain, has died in Nashville. He was 79. The song, a hit for Johnnie Ray, was co-written during one of Bragg's various spells in prison with another convict, Robert Riley. Bragg made the original version of the song with The Prisonaires, a group formed - as the name suggestes - behind bars. The band underwent various changes, changing its name to the Sunbreams and The Marigolds as members got released. Out of jail, Bragg forged a brief solo career before being incarcerated again. After his final release in 1977, Bragg never troubled the authorities again; nor did he trouble the charts.

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