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Country co-writer of “Saginaw, Michigan” dies at 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Don Wayne, who wrote or co-wrote country music hits including "Country Bumpkin" and "Saginaw, Michigan," has died in Nashville. He was 78.

Wayne died Monday at his home surrounded by his family, according to his obituary in The Tennessean.

"Country Bumpkin," recorded by Cal Smith in 1974, was voted single of the year by the Country Music Association. "Saginaw, Michigan" was a No. 1 hit in 1964 for Lefty Frizzell.

Wayne also wrote songs recorded by Bill Anderson, Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb, Jean Shepard and others.

Wayne, whose real name was Donald William Choate, was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife and two sons. Services will be Thursday in Nashville.

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