Mickey Newbury, a songsmith credited with helping usher in a new era of country music songwriting, died Saturday night after a long illness. He was 62.
Perhaps Newbury's best-known work is one he didn't write — 'An American Trilogy'. Newbury arranged Trilogy by pulling together Civil War-era songs Battle Hymn of the Republic, Dixie and All My Trials. Elvis Presley popularized Trilogy, making it a staple of his 1970s performances. Newbury died at his home in Vida, Ore., where he had lived since the 1980s.