Tonight Hit Songwriter Whitey Shafer born, Sanger D. Shafer is in a local Nashville Hospital and needs our prayers.
In the 1970's lefty got a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose Music. He had several Number 1's hits such as "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor" for Johnny Russell, "Tell Me Lying Eyes Are Wrong" for George Jones, and a series of hits for Moe Bandy.
Whitey was very good friends with Lefty Frizzell. When Left passed away Shafer wrote a song to honor Lefty called, "Lefty's Gone."
It is being reported by one of Whitey's longtime friends that he was having trouble breathing and was rushed to the hospital today. He has been admitted. No further information on his condition is available at this time. Please say a prayer for Whitey and his family during this stressful time for a complete healing for this man who has given us so much in the way of outstanding music.
Update: 10:41 p.m.
Per Whitey's wife Tracy Bass Shafer: "Whitey is dealing with acute respiratory distress along with pneumonia he's on oxygen and other treatments. Please continue to pray."