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Bill Owens (1935–2021), songwriter who was Dolly Parton’s uncle and mentor

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Bill Owens was a country music songwriter who was Dolly Parton’s uncle and mentor.Owens wrote songs for many top country musicians, including Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner (1927–2007), and Kris Kristofferson.

He was also a guitarist who toured extensively with musicians including his niece, Parton. In the early days of her career, Owens helped her as she worked to get a record contract, and he wrote music with her.

Among the songs Owens and Parton wrote together was “Put it Off Until Tomorrow” from her 1967 debut album, “Hello, I’m Dolly.” The song was a hit for Bill Phillips and won BMI Song of the Year in 1966.

Most of Parton’s early albums include at least one track written by Owens or by the two together. Owens also worked at Dollywood,.

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