Elvis songwriter Billy Strange dies at 81

Billy Strange's unique arrangements gave him a firm place in musical history.

Posted 23rd February 2012 in News | By Clickmusic News Desk
Elvis songwriter Billy Strange dies at 81

Billy Strange, songwriter and guitarist known for his work with Elvis Presley, has died aged 81.

Strange died in Nashville, Tennessee on February 22. He leaves his two children, Russell and Kelly, from two marriages. The cause of death is currently unknown.

He had co-written songs with Elvis alongside Mac Davis. His most famous song with The King was 'A Little Less Conversation', which exploded into pop culture when it was remixed by Junkie XL in 2001. It had only been a minor hit during its original release.

Strange's most captivating and famous performance came as he featured on Nancy Sinatra's version of 'Bang Bang'. The tremolo-heavy arrangement of the song had been critically acclaimed, but it wasn't until the song featured in Kill Bill that it became world-famous. He had maintained a long working relationship with Sinatra, including arrangements on her hit 'These Boots Were Made for Walking'.

Nancy Sinatra said on Twitter that her "heart was shattered" by his passing.