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John Mellencamp
PASSINGS: George Green, David Pressman, Robert Hollister, Laurie Hoyt

George Green Lyricist and songwriter George Green, 59, who wrote lyrics for some of John Mellencamp's biggest hits, as well as songs for Barbra Streisand and others, died Sunday in Albuquerque of a rapid-forming lung cancer, his wife, Kathryn, told the Herald-Times of Bloomington, Ind. Green was a boyhood friend of Mellencamp growing up in Seymour, Ind., and lived in Bloomington for many years before moving to New Mexico in 2001. Green and Mellencamp co-wrote the 1980s hits "Hurts So Good," "Crumblin' Down" and "Rain on the Scarecrow," among others. He also co-wrote the title track for Streisand's 1997 album "Higher Ground," a song...

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