Bill Dees, co-writer of Ray Orbison hit 'Oh, Pretty Woman, dies at 73

bill-dees-dies.jpgBill Dees, the singer-songwriter best known for co-writing "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over" with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison, has died.

Dees, who also penned tunes for Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Glen Campbell, was reportedly suffering from an inoperable brain tumor when he passed away Wed., Oct. 24, in Mountain Home, Ark.

In the early 1990s, Dees was involved in a landmark Supreme Court case, when Orbison's music publisher sued 2 Live Crew for the raunchy rappers' parody, "Pretty Woman." The case was ultimately decided in the "Nasty As They Wanna Be" group's favor on the basis of fair use.

"It's like if someone asks you if they could use the car," Dees complained at the time. "We said no, but they take it and paint it all different colors."

Memorial services are scheduled for Nov. 11 in Branson, Mo.
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