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Billy Edd Wheeler

Billy Edd Wheeler

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Billy Edward "Edd" Wheeler is an American songwriter, performer, writer, and visual artist. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001

His songs include Jackson (Grammy award winner for Johnny Cash and June Carter) The Rev. Mr. Black, Desert Pete, Anne, High Flyin' Bird, The Coming of the Roads, Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back, Coal Tattoo, Winter Sky, and have been performed by over 160 artists including Judy Collins, Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Darin, The Kingston Trio, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, Hazel Dickens, Florence and the Machine, Kathy Mattea, Nancy Sinatra, and Elvis Presley. Jackson was also recorded by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for the movie Walk the Line.

He has received 13 awards from ASCAP, the “Best Appalachian Poetry” from Morris Harvey College, and Billboard Magazine’s “Pacesetter Award for Music and Drama". In June, 2005, Country Music Television voted Jackson one of the Ten Greatest Love Songs of Country Music.

Wheeler graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1953, and Berea College in 1955. After service as a student pilot in the Navy, he served as Alumni Director of Berea College, and in 1961–62 attended the Yale School of Drama, majoring in playwriting.


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