Ed Bruce, Co-Writer of ‘Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,’ Dies at Age 81

William Edwin Bruce Jr. an Arkansas-born country singer-songwriter with a rich, husky voice who made a lasting mark with his 1975 song “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” passed away in Clarksville, Tenn. at the age of 81.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Ed Bruce, singer/songwriter, died Friday, January 8, 2021, in Clarksville, Tennessee, of natural causes at age 81. Bruce was honored with the Arkansas Country Music Award for “Lifetime Achievement” on June 3, 2018, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock




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