American songwriter CLINT BALLARD JR. has died, aged 77.
Ballard Jr. died on 23 December (08) at his home in Denton, Texas, after a long battle with ill health which followed a stroke in 2006.
After serving as a radio operator in the U.S. army, Ballard Jr. began his career in music by discovering and managing pop duo the Kalin Twins.
His most famous songs include 1965 tune The Game of Love and Linda Ronstadt's 1975 number one single You're No Good - also recorded by Dee Dee Warwick, Betty Everett and The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Jimmy Jones took Ballard Jr.'s hit Good Timin' to the top of the British and U.S. charts in 1960.
Other tunes written by Ballard Jr. include Frankie Avalon's Gingerbread, Ricky Nelson's There's Not a Minute, the Zombies' Gotta Get a Hold of Myself and Frankie Lane's track Journey's End.
He left no immediate survivors.