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Tribute: Dennis Linde

Known for writing songs made famous by Elvis and the Dixie Chicks, Linde also recorded his own terrific solo albums

LEGACY Apart from the hits he penned for others, Linde's own 1977 album Under the Eye merits rediscovery, says Tucker
LEGACY Apart from the hits he penned for others, Linde's own 1977 album Under the Eye merits rediscovery, says Tucker

In Memoriam: Songwriter Dennis Linde

The headlines will tell you that Dennis Linde, who died on Dec. 22 of a lung disease at age 63, wrote ''Burnin' Love,'' unquestionably Elvis Presley's last great hit single, and ''Goodbye Earl,'' the Dixie Chicks' hit about murdering a mean guy that created controversy long before the Chicks started disrespecting the President. But what the short wire stories won't tell you is that this guy was a fascinating, eccentric artist whose own solo albums, released in the 1970s, are worth seeking out. One in particular, Under The Eye (1977) is a real prize, filled with a mixture of witty novelty songs and affecting ballads that Nashville hadn't yielded since the heyday of Roger Miller. The title song, ''Under The Eye,'' is a rollicking little number about the extreme paranoia of being constantly observed by aliens. ''We're livin' our whole life under the eye!'' howled Linde in the chorus. In a way, you could say that Dennis Linde anticipated The X-Files by almost 20 years...

Originally posted Jan 03, 2007