Paul Evans
Clint Ballard Jr. dies at 77; pop songwriter had No. 1 hits

Clint Ballard Jr., a pop songwriter who crafted the No. 1 hits "You're No Good" for Linda Ronstadt in 1975 and "Game of Love" a decade earlier, has died. He was 77. Ballard, whose health deteriorated after he had a stroke in 2006, died Dec. 23 at his home in Denton, Texas, said Jacqueline Martinez, a friend. Although he often worked with a partner, the Texas native wrote “You’re No Good” alone. The song had already been recorded by R&B singers Dee Dee Warwick and Betty Everett when Ronstadt included it on the "Heart Like a Wheel" album that marked her emergence as a bona fide star. For the British group Wayne Fontana and the...