Austin 360.com had some sad news to report today:
Songwriter Susanna Clark, wife of singer/songwriter Guy Clark, died this week in Nashville after a long illness, her publicist said Thursday.
A native of Atlanta, Texas, Susanna Clark was thought of by many as the glue of the songwriting scene that orbited Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.
She was also a songwriter in her own right, penning such tunes as “I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose” and “Easy From Now On,” both of which were recorded by Emmylou Harris, “Heavenly Houseboat Blues” with Van Zandt and “Come from the Heart,” with Richard Leigh, which was a 1989 single for Kathy Mattea also recorded by Guy Clark.
Also a visual artist, Susanna Clark painted the cover to the 1978 Willie Nelson album “Stardust” and the 1978 Emmylou Harris album “Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.” Guy Clark’s influential 1975 album, “Old No. 1” featured a painting by Susanna Clark on the sleeve.
The couple met in Oklahoma City around 1969, said family friend Tamara Saviano. “Neither one of them was a full-time songwriter at the time,” she said. The couple was married in 1972 and their Nashville home became a clubhouse for aspiring songwriters of their generation.
You can read the Tennessean’s obituary for Mrs. Clark here.
This video I saw on American Songwriter today of Guy singing a song he wrote for Susanna, “My Favorite Picture of You” is such a touching tribute that I had to share.
Peace be with the Clark family.