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Jim Weatherly, former Ole Omit QB and famed ‘Nighttime Prepare to Georgia’ singer-songwriter, dies at 77

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Jim Weatherly, former Ole Omit QB and famed ‘Nighttime Prepare to Georgia’ singer-songwriter, dies at 77

, Nashville Tennessean
Printed 10: 53 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2021 | Updated 10: 59 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2021

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Jim Weatherly, the former star quarterback at the College of Mississippi who moved to Nashville and authored megahits akin to “Nighttime Prepare to Georgia” in a prolific profession as a singer-songwriter, died at his home Wednesday, Tune Row effectively off particular person Charlie Monk told the Tennessean. He grew to grow to be 77 on March 17.

Weatherly helped lead Ole Omit to an undefeated season, the 1962 SEC championship and the national championship, according to several ratings, together with Litkenhous (Sagarin). The Rebels won the SEC championship again in 1963.

Weatherly, a Pontotoc, Mississippi, native, started writing songs as a teen and was in a band while attending Ole Omit. 

After graduating, he pursued a profession in tune over football and experienced great success. 

He wrote some of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ greatest hits together with, “Neither Regarded as one of Us Wants to Be the First to Advise Goodbye,” “Nighttime Prepare to Georgia” and “You’re the Fully Thing That Ever Came about to Me.”

In 2003, “Nighttime Prepare to Georgia” was named even handed one of the top 500 songs of all time by Rolling Stone journal.

Weatherly was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame and ASCAP’s County Songwriter of the one year in 1974.

“After I inducted Jim into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame I stated, ‘This is able to be the most honorable human being I’ve ever known,” Monk stated Wednesday. “He by no technique had a cigarette in his mouth, he by no technique had a model of alcohol, he did no longer bite (tobacco), he did no longer cuss. The accurate cuss word I ever heard him advise was ‘Foot! Charlie.’ He doubtlessly was even handed one of the top five most proficient songwriters to ever descend into this town.”

Weatherly’s companion Cynthia requested Monk to communicate on behalf of the family.

Weatherly also was in the Mississippi Musicians Corridor of Fame and the Ole Omit Alumni Corridor of Fame.

Assorted artists who recorded Weatherly’s songs included Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers and Ray Brand to title about a. 

Weatherly moved from Los Angeles to Nashville in the 1980s.

Weatherly printed his autobiography “Nighttime Prepare” in 2018 and in an interview with the Jackson Clarion-Ledger stated, “I repeat folk the e book is if truth be told divided into four parts — Pontotoc, Ole Omit, California, and Nashville. Loads occurs in each share, however that’s the manner it unfolds. I imagine sports actions followers will salvage plenty of fascinating studying in the football chapters.”

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Jim Weatherly, former Ole Omit QB and famed ‘Nighttime Prepare to Georgia’ singer-songwriter, dies at 77