Musician and songwriter Kerry Chater dies at 76
NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) – Canadian musician and songwriter Kerry Chater, who played bass for Gary Puckett and The Union Gap and later developed a songwriting career that wrote hits for Reba McEntire and George Strait, passed away. He was 76 years old.
Chater’s passing was first announced on social media by Canadian music journalist Eric Alper and later confirmed by multiple media sources. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Chater began his professional career in the industry in 1967 when he joined Gary Pickett to form the rock band Union Gap and spent the next four years as the band’s bassist and music arranger for live performances.
He also contributed to the band’s songwriting, co-writing such songs as “His Other Woman”, “I’m Just a Man”, and “Wait Till The Sun Shines on You”.
In 1970, Chater struck out on his own to pursue a career in songwriting and musical theatre.
Eight years later he teamed up with famous hitmakers Rory Bourke and Charlie Black to write “I Know A Heartache When I See One” which proved to be a hit for Jennifer Warnes which cracked the Billboard 100 top 20. and climbed to 10 on hot country charts.
Three years later, George Strait scored a No. 1 hit with “You Look So Good In Love” written by Chater, Rory Bourke and Glen Ballard. The song has sold over 3 million copies and has since been covered many times.
Chater has also written or co-written hits for Alabama, Anne Murray, Lorrie Morgan, Mindy McCready and Eddy Raven, among many others.
In 1987 Chater and his wife and writing partner, Lynn Gillespie Chater, moved to Nashville where, in addition to music, they also branched out into novels, writing a series of thrillers, Kill Point and Blood. Debt, both of which were successful. on Amazon’s best seller list.
Kerry Chater is survived by his wife, Lynn Gillespie Chater, his sons Kerry Chater, Jr. and Christopher John Chater, his daughter Jesse Kirchhoff, his son-in-law Drew Kirchhoff and his granddaughters Nora Leigh, Madalene Leigh, Sydney Kirchhoff and Rowen Kirchhoff . , according to an obituary published by Williamsonsource.