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Update on Hall of Fame Songwriter Whitey Shafer

NASHVILLE, TN

Hall of Fame Songwriter Whitey Shafer
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Update on Hall of Fame Songwriter Whitey Shafer’s condition: Hit Songwriter Whitey Shafer born, Sanger D. Shafer has been released by a Nashville area Hospital and has returned home.

Lee Rascone, at one time a bass player for the iconic George Jones and currently songwriter host for nearly 20 years in Nashville, best known for his, “You Look Bad,” phrase tells Examiner that he transported Whitey home from the hospital. Whitey is in good spirits and feeling better said Rascone.

Whitey and his wife Tracy would like to thank everybody for their prayers and well wishes. Whitey has been diagnosed with COPD and is being treated at home for this condition.

In the 1970's lefty got a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose Music. He’s had several Number 1 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."

Whitey is a Hall of Famer who has penned such hits as "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" and "All My Ex's Live in Texas". He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

On January 5th, 2014, it was 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. January 6, 2014

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."