Wilson was a consummate collaborator — he could work on his own, he simply preferred not to. "I always really, really enjoyed co-writing," he said in the Country Music Hall of Fame interview. "I think I had enough talent to write by myself. I did write a couple of things by myself. I just didn't love doing that, and consequently you try other things."
Norro Wilson was born on April 4, 1938, in Kentucky. His dad was a barber; his mom was a factory worker. He tried a bunch of different things growing up, like playing piano as a kid and singing in a barbershop quartet in high school. In college, he joined a gospel singing group, which influenced his later songwriting.