Other Notable Deaths


October 17, 2005

Baker Knight, 72, a prolific songwriter whose hits were recorded by stars including Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Birmingham, Ala.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Mr. Knight wrote almost 1,000 songs. More than 40 singers recorded his tunes, which include the 1970 Presley hit "The Wonder of You" and Mr. Martin's "Somewhere There's a Someone" and "That Old Time Feelin'." Mr. Nelson and Mr. McCartney sang the same Knight hit, "Lonesome Town," a ballad about being lonely in Hollywood, decades apart.

Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mickey Gilley also recorded Mr. Knight's songs.

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