Songwriter and musician Don Lanier has died at the age of 78.

The Texas native passed away last week (23Jul14).

Lanier began his lengthy career as a guitarist in Jimmy Bowen's Rhythm Orchids band and teamed up with singer Buddy Knox to record his hit song Party Doll.

He went on to pen tunes like Hula Love and I'm Stickin' With You for Knox and later wrote tracks for the likes of the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin and soul man Ray Charles, who scored a hit with 1967's Here We Go Again.

His work was also included on George Strait's Holding My Own album, Glen Campbell's The Last Time I Saw Her record and Nancy Sinatra's Nancy.

Lanier worked as an A&R man at MCA in his later years and helped to boost the careers of clients including Reba MCEntire, Strait and Loretta Lynn.