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Tuesday March 20, 2007

Tupper Saussy, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, dies at 70

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - Tupper Saussy, a Grammy-nominated songwriter who later became a tax protester and spent 10 years as a fugitive, died Friday. He was 70. 

Family members said Saussy died at his home of what appears to have been a heart attack. 

Saussy had a nearly 50-year career in Nashville in advertising and music. He was nominated for a Grammy for writing the 1969 hit "Morning Girl'' for Neon Philharmonic. 

During the 1980s, Saussy achieved a new kind of fame in a long-running battle with the Internal Revenue Service. The U.S. government filed tax charges against him in 1984 because he did not supply any figures on the returns he filed for 1977-1979. 

He was convicted in May 1985 of one count of not filing tax returns satisfactory to the IRS and sentenced to a year in prison.  

During his sentencing, the judge told Saussy he was "so intelligent it hurts you.'' 

When an appeal based on the statute of limitations failed, Saussy went underground and evaded arrest for nearly 10 years. Saussy was arrested in California in 1997 and served 14 months in prison. 

Saussy was to release a new album this spring, and the launch party that was set for Saturday will instead be a memorial service, the family said.- AP 


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