NASHVILLE, Tenn. — William”Bill” Pursell, a Grammy-nominated composer who was employed as a Nashville studio musician with artists such as Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, has expired.
Publicist Harlan Boll reported the reason for his departure on Thursday has been COVID-19-related pneumonia. Pursell had a Top 10 hit with the instrumental tune”Our Winter Love” in 1963.
Originally from Oakland, California, Pursell analyzed at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and has been recommended to proceed to Nashville in 1960 at the urging of Eddy Arnold.
“Our Winter Love” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 to the Adult Contemporary chart.
He made two Grammy nominations, one for working on the record”Listen” to get Ken Medema in 1974 and the second because of his arrangement of”We Three Kings” to National Geographic in 1978. He later began a lengthy career as a composition professor at Belmont University, where he taught students like Brad Paisley and Trisha Yearwood.
His daughter, Laura Pursell, explained in a statement that her dad became a Catholic while being treated in Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which”gives us a degree of reassurance”