Songwriter and horse owner Paul Vance has died at the age of 92.
The well-known producer and songwriter passed away Sunday with his daughter by his side.
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“His most successful songs were Catch A Falling Star, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini and Tracy. He wrote more than 300 songs during his long career,” Harnesslinke reported.
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“As a harness racing owner, the United States Trotting Association lists Vance as owning or leasing 167 horses during his career. And he was reported breeding 129 mares during that time period,” the report added.
His daughter’s statement
“As sad as I am today, I have peace in knowing that in my Dads last days and weeks of his life, he asked God to forgive him and said the sinners prayer with me more then once,” his daughter Paula Vance posted to Facebook.
“His light went out yesterday but when I look up at the stars at night I will always remember to Catch a falling star and put it in my pocket and never let it fade away! RIP now Daddy, I know you and mommy are dancing to your songs in heaven right now with all of our loved ones in a circle around the 2 of you clapping as you dance the Lindy in each other’s arms forever,” she added.
As a harness racer, Vance reportedly owned or leased 167 horses. His top racehorse, Secret Service, won a reported $454,000 in 1981.
His life will be mourned by many fans following a lifetime of music that has spanned multiple generations.
Vance’s work covered some of the most popular musical periods in American history, with Vance marking his place through both popular titles and many contributions to the field.