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Name: Mickey Newbury  
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Date of Birth: 19th May 1940
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas, USA
Profession: Composer
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Mickey Newbury (May 19, 1940 - September 29, 2002) was an American singer and songwriter.

Born Milton Sim Newbury, Jr. in Houston, Texas, he sang with a vocal group in high school and after his military service, returned home where he began writing music and singing in local clubs. In 1964 Wesley Rose signed him to a songwriting contract with Acuff-Rose Music to work in Nashville, Tennessee. His compositions did well in many genres of music but he is most remembered for his creation of An American Trilogy that was recorded by many including symphony orchestras but most notably was a feature song with Elvis Presley.

As a successful songwriter, he also had a long lasting professional relationship with Kenny Rogers which lasted many, many years, notable songs he wrote for Rogers include "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" from 1968 and "San Francisco Mabel Joy" in 1978, the latter being a track Newbury also recorded himself with a slightly different lyric.

Mickey Newbury was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

A friend and admirer of the music of Townes van Zandt, Newbury recorded more than a dozen albums of his own that received critical acclaim but had only modest sales success.

In the 1980s, he moved to an old farmhouse in the Willamette Valley in Oregon with his wife and three of his children where he passed away in 2002.

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