House Fire Kills Country Songwriter Ray Pennington

A house fire broke out on on New Hope Road in Sumner County, Tennessee Wednesday that claimed the life of a country songwriter.

Shackle Island Fire Chief Martin Bowers told News Channel 5 (NC5) out of Nashville, Ray Pennington was killed in that fire.

“What they’re saying is it was some kind of malfunction in the garage and with his golf cart, and I guess it caught fire,” Shackle Island Fire Chief Martin Bowers told NC5.

Chief Bowers added it was the largest fire he’s seen while serving as chief.

Pennington wrote “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” made famous by Waylon Jennings and later recorded by Montgomery Gentry for their 2001 album ‘Carrying On’.

Pennington was born in Clay County, Kentucky on December 22, 1933. He wrote and recorded many songs on his own. Billboard reports, in 1984, Pennington co-founded Step One Records with Mel Holt.

Ray Price was the first act signed to the label, and fiddler Clinton Gregory charted three Top 30 hits while on Step One. The label would close in 1998.

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