83R1735 BPG-D
  By: Price H.R. No. 223
         WHEREAS, The death of acclaimed songwriter Bill Dees on
  October 24, 2012, at the age of 73, brought a great loss to the music
  world and profoundly saddened his family and friends; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Electra on January 24, 1939, William Marvin
  Dees was the son of Beecher and Dorine Dees; he grew up in Borger and
  showed talent at an early age, singing harmony with his brothers on
  an Amarillo radio show and winning a gold watch at the county fair
  in the third grade for his rendition of "I'm a Lonely Little Petunia
  in an Onion Patch"; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Dees attended Phillips High School, where his
  music teacher recruited him for a group called the Five Bops; after
  scoring a regional hit with the song "Jitterbuggin'," the band was
  chosen to open several local concerts for Roy Orbison, then a rising
  star; Mr. Orbison later produced a recording session for Mr. Dees,
  and the pair cowrote "Borne on the Wind," which became a top 5
  single in the United Kingdom; and
         WHEREAS, In 1964, Mr. Dees moved to Nashville and lined up
  steady work before approaching Mr. Orbison about further
  collaborations; they became songwriting partners and made the top
  10 with the unusually sophisticated pop composition "It's Over";
  building on that success, they wrote "Oh, Pretty Woman," which
  reached the top of the charts in the United States and some 20 other
  countries and became a rock and roll classic; Mr. Dees, who sang
  harmony on the recording, gave up his day job to play keyboards in
  Mr. Orbison's touring band for more than a year and appeared with
  him on The Ed Sullivan Show; ultimately, the legendary singer
  recorded nearly 70 songs cowritten with Mr. Dees, as well as several
  numbers by Mr. Dees alone; and
         WHEREAS, Other artists also recorded songs by Mr. Dees, among
  them Loretta Lynn, Dinah Shore, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and
  Lynn Anderson; he continued to follow his muse and performed in his
  own ensembles and as a solo act; in 2002, he released his first
  album under his own name, Saturday Night at the Movies, which
  featured three songs from his final writing sessions with his great
  friend Mr. Orbison; he followed up with two more albums, and in
  2006, he was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at "An Evening
  With Bill Dees"; and
         WHEREAS, Although he moved to the Ozarks in the 1970s, Mr.
  Dees maintained strong Texas ties, and his buoyant personality
  endeared him to countless residents of the New Boston area; he
  shared many a funny story, new song, or favorite Bible verse with
  delighted friends in the Lone Star State, and his ready smile and
  frequent laughter brightened every encounter; and
         WHEREAS, Bill Dees brought joy to people around the globe
  through his musical talent, and those who were fortunate enough to
  know this charming, warm, and generous man will forever remember
  him with deepest admiration and affection; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Bill Dees and extend
  sincere condolences to his loved ones; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the members of his family and that when the Texas House
  of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of William
  Marvin Dees.