Jim Weatherly first gained discover as a College of Mississippi soccer participant, after which as a success songwriter.
And his love for the sport led to his biggest success in music, involving first a younger Farrah Fawcett and finally a legendary recording of his tune “Midnight Prepare to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Weatherly, who additionally wrote songs for Ray Worth, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers and others, died Wednesday at his house in Brentwood, Tennessee, close to Nashville, household good friend Charlie Monk instructed the Tennessean newspaper.
He was 77, and his household instructed Monk that Weatherly died of pure causes.
Born in Mississippi, Weatherly performed on the College of Mississippi soccer workforce in an undefeated 1962 season, an SEC championship and a nationwide championship. The subsequent 12 months, he was the beginning quarterback when the Rebels repeated as SEC champs.
After faculty, he determined to pursue music as a substitute of soccer. And some years later in Los Angeles, Weatherly performed flag soccer with a gaggle of buddies together with TV actor Lee Majors of “The Six Million Greenback Man,” he recalled during an interview with the Nashville Songwriters Affiliation Worldwide.
Weatherly known as Majors’ house in the future, and the actor’s girlfriend, who would turn out to be “Charlie’s Angel” star Farrah Fawcett-Majors, answered. She mentioned she was about to take “the midnight airplane to Houston” and go to her household.
“Slightly bell went off,” Weatherly instructed the NSAI. “Appeared like a track title to me.”
He wrote “Midnight Airplane to Houston” as a rustic track, by no means imagining it will turn out to be an R&B hit. By the point it reached Gladys Knight & the Pips, the title and elegance had modified, and it turned a No. 1 Grammy-winning traditional.
“I am amazed it has lasted prefer it’s lasted,” Weatherly instructed the NSAI. “It is a timeless file.”
Knight and the Pips additionally had hits with Weatherly tunes “Neither One in every of Us” and “Greatest Factor That Each Occurred to Me.”
On Friday, Knight tweeted, “I am lacking Jim Weatherly already. He was about life and love … We have been simply made for one another. We grew our lives collectively. I am gonna miss him terribly and love him at all times.”
As a performer, Weatherly had a pop and adult-contemporary hit with “The Have to Be” and a rustic hit with “I am going to Nonetheless Love You,” in line with the Songwriters Corridor of Fame. He was inducted in 2014. “Midnight Prepare” is amongst Rolling Stone’s 500 Best Songs of All Time.