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Scoop: Respected Texas songwriter Guy Clark dies at 74

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“Songwriters’ songwriter” Guy Clark, pictured in 2012, died at his home in Nashville. He was 74. (Wade Payne/ Invision/AP)

Another musical great has passed: Poet and raconteur Guy Clark died Tuesday at his home in Nashville.

The Texas native, who never found massive, mainstream fame but set an example for a generation of country and folk songwriters, was 74.

His manager Keith Case told the Associated Press that Clark had been in poor health, but didn’t reveal the cause of his death.

A native of Monahans, Texas, Clark belonged to a group of influential Texas songwriters that included Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury. Together with his painter-songwriter wife, Susanna, Clark’s home in Nashville became a gathering place for artists like Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle.

He recorded for 40 years and wrote songs for Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney.

His best-known tunes (“L.A. Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting For A Train”) were tales of ramblers and dreamers, inspired by his own life.

Roseanne Cash, whose father Johnny Cash recorded Clark’s early tunes, recalled being mentored by Clark and tweeted: “Travel safe, old friend. I would not be the songwriter I am if I hadn’t sat at your table and learned from a master.”


TOM CRUISE SELLS L.A. MANSION

Hot real estate news: Tom Cruise has sold the 10,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion he shared with Katie Holmes for $40 million.

TMZ reports that he was asking $45 million, but ultimately sold it to financier Lion Black (who’s apparently worth $4.7 billion).

Cruise bought the property from real estate mogul Kurt Rappaport in 2007 for $32.5 million.

The seven-bedroom, nine bathroom home has a tennis court, pool, playground and a couple of guest houses.

According to TMZ, Cruise sold another Los Angeles property, a Hollywood Hills compound, for $11.4 million to Eva Longoria in October.


QUICK TAKES

Spin, a trendy ping pong social club founded in New York by Jonathan Bricklin, Franck Raharinosy and Andrew Gordon (with support from Susan Sarandon) is opening a San Francisco branch at 690 Folsom St. Thursday with a “VIP” bash featuring Instagram comic The Fat Jew, tech titan Justin Kan, beatboxer KRNFX (aka Terry Im), art installations by David Flores and OBEY (clothing) founder Shepard Fairey. … A tweet from San Francisco-based tech reporter Caroline O’Donovan about a local radio station hiring a “labor/cost of living” reporter and paying $750 per month seemed a sad but true commentary about today’s working conditions, but it was later revealed that the position is very part-time (more sad but true commentary about the current job climate).


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Musician Jack Johnson is 41. … Comedian Tina Fey is 46. … Actor Chow Yun-Fatis 61. … Singer George Strait is 64. … Singer Mark Mothersbaugh is 66. … Baseball player Reggie Jackson is 70. … Actor Robert Morse is 85. … Actor Bill Macy is 94.

— Staff, wire reports

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