Loudermilk, whose songs Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, Tobacco Road and Indian Reservation landed him a place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, passed away on Wednesday (21Sep16), according to his friend, filmmaker Dixie Gamble.

"The beautiful soul of my friend and soulmate John D. Loudermilk has ascended," she wrote on Facebook, asking friends and fans to hold Loudermilk's wife Susan and their family in their thoughts.

"John D. left so many treasures behind for us, them included. I love you my friend, thank you for gracing my path, see you next time around."

Loudermilk's songs have been recorded by a diverse collection of artists, including country legend George Hamilton IV, rocker David Lee Roth, Norah Jones, and Roy Orbison.

After a brief recording career in the 1950s and early 1960s, Loudermilk turned his hand to penning hits for others, with Hamilton's 1963 hit Abilene, Tobacco Road, originally recorded by British band The Nashville Teens, and chart topping hit Indian Reservation among his biggest successes.

Gamble organised a special tribute concert for her pal in March (16). Among those who performed were Emmylou Harris, Doobie Brothers star John MCFee and George Hamilton IV.

The tribute will air on TV in America later this year (16).