Hank-FM sends condolences to the friends and family of singer/songwriter and actor Ed Bruce who passed away Friday from natural causes at the age of 81. Bruce first recorded as Edwin Bruce for Memphis’ Sun Records in 1957, charting his first single in 1966. It wasn’t until the ’80s that Bruce had his biggest chart successes, with six top 10 singles including a No. 1 hit with 1982’s “You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had.” However, he is most known for a 1976 song cowritten with his wife Patsy that only reached No. 15. Two years after Bruce’s version, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings covered “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” which became a worldwide multi-format smash and anthem for the outlaw country movement. During his chart success in the ’80s, Bruce took up acting and was featured in TV commercials and, most notably, NBC’s 1981 reboot of the western series Maverick co-starring with James Garner. In 2018, Bruce was honored in his home state with the Arkansas Country Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.