Merlin Littlefield

Posted on: September 13th, 2008 by Jennifer 3 Comments

The following article appeared in Billboard Magazine upon the passing this week of Music Business legend, Merlin Littlefield.  What the article doesn’t mention is that Merlin also signed Amy to ASCAP as a young writer/artist back when she was first starting out and his early belief in her was something she never forgot.  Just last week she visited Merlin at Hospice and was so honored when his wife Eileen called and asked Amy to sing at the memorial service later today in Nashville.

Record Industry Vet Merlin Littlefield Dies

September 11, 2008

By Ken Tucker, Nashville

Merlin Littlefield, a former music industry executive
who enjoyed a second successful career in state government, died of
pancreatic cancer at the Alive Hospice in Nashville on Sept. 9. He was

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Littlefield graduated
from Texas Christian University and worked in radio promotion in
Dallas. He also worked for RCA Records in Dallas and traveled with
artists such as Henry Mancini and Elvis Presley. He spent 19 years in
the Nashville office of ASCAP, where he signed artists including Reba
McEntire, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Gary Burr to the performance
rights organization.

He tirelessly worked on behalf of successful and
struggling songwriters to help improve their careers and lives. He
served on the boards of industry organizations, including the Country
Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Recording
Academy, as well as the board of the Nashville Zoo. After leaving ASCAP
and working briefly in music publishing, he began a second career in
government. In 1999, he joined the Tennessee Department of Corrections
before accepting a position as director of planning and development for
the state’s Division of Mental Retardation Services.

In his spare time, Littlefield and his wife, Eileen
Littlefield, enjoyed spending time with their five dogs, Kobo, Saki,
Char-Li, Ernie and Bubbles. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, and his
daughter, Courtney Littlefield of Atlanta. Funeral Service will be on
Saturday, Sept. 13.

  • Scott Doutre

    Dear Ms. Grant
    I was at Merlin’s memorial service Saturday, I knew Merlin only because my wife worked with him and we had one of his Japanese Chin dogs a few years ago.
    I just wanted to write and say what a suprise and a treat it was to hear you sing, and what a beautiful service it was. I’m sure Merlin is very proud to have you all as friends.
    Scott Doutre

  • Amanda Wallace

    I was at Merlin’s service on Saturday, I have worked with Merlin for the past few years. I loved the song Amy sang and would love to have a copy of it, but I have been unable to locate it. Could you please help?

  • Derrell Martin Gay

    Merlin Littlefield was the greatest person I have ever met.



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