During his long career, Bruce collected a total of 35 goals billboardthe Hot Country Songs chart, including “You’re the Best Holiday This Old Heart Ever Had” and “Walkers Woods.” He is perhaps best known for the classic song “Moms Don’t Let Your Babies Grow to Be Cowboys,” which he co-wrote with his ex-wife Patsy.
The song was later covered by a number of country legends, including Whelan Jennings and Willie Nelson, whose duet version spent four weeks at the top of Hot Country Songs in 1978. Their version also moved to the Billboard Hot 100, reaching 42.
“We lost another of our great country songwriters today,”
Johnson also paid tribute to the late country star, writing on Twitter, “Thank you, Ed Bruce, for all the years of dedication to country music that paved the way for songwriters like me. Hell of a banished sir.”
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