Charlie Rich's songwriter widow dead at 76

Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:36pm EDT
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By Ray Bennett

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich, widow of country music star Charlie Rich, died on Thursday at her home near Memphis, following a struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 76.

Her husband, who died in 1995, recorded several of her songs including "Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs" and "Field of Yellow Daisies." Her songs were also covered by Tom Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Ricky Van Shelton.

Two of her songs, "A Sunday Kind of Woman" and "Nothing In the World," appeared on Rich's biggest album, 1973's "Behind Closed Doors."

The couple married in 1952 and raised four children in Benton, Arkansas, and Memphis. Charlie Rich, perhaps best known for the hit tunes "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," credited his wife for much of his success.

A graduate of the Arkansas State Teachers College, Margaret Ann Rich was a founding member of the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Survivors include two of her children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will take place in Memphis on Monday.