Danny Dill

For the politician, see Daniel J. Dill.
Danny Dill
Born (1924-09-19)September 19, 1924
Clarksburg, Tennessee, United States
Origin Huntingdon, Tennessee, United States
Died October 23, 2008(2008-10-23) (aged 84)
Davidson County, Tennessee
Genres country
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter

Horace Eldred "Danny" Dill (September 19, 1924[1] – October 23, 2008) was an American country music singer and songwriter. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.[2]


Dill, born in Clarksburg, Tennessee, got his start as a professional musician while working with Annie Lou Stockard as Annie Lou and Danny, a duet act who performed on the Grand Ole Opry during the 1940s and 50s. Annie Lou And Danny Dill were made members of The Opry in the 1940s.[3] Although Dill recorded as a solo artist, he found his greatest success as a songwriter.

His 1959 tune, "Long Black Veil", written with Marijohn Wilkin, was Top 10 country hit for Lefty Frizzell and has become a standard recorded by many country, folk and pop music musicians. Another notable Dill composition was "Detroit City (I Wanna Go Home)", that was a hit for Bobby Bare, Tom Jones and Dean Martin.

Selected compositions


  1. Social Security Death Index Search
  2. Cooper, Peter (October 24, 2008). "'Long Black Veil' co-writer 'Danny' Dill dies at age 83". Tennessean.com. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  3. "Opry Timeline - 1940s". Grand Ole Opry. Retrieved July 5, 2012.

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