Songwriting legends Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones will become the newest members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization's 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. The star-studded event is slated for Thursday, June 14th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.
"Each of our 2012 inductees has created a unique range of extraordinary contributions, a body of work that has resonated with audiences around the world, and greatly enriched our global culture," said SHOF Chairman and ASCAP Board Member Jimmy Webb. "We are looking forward to celebrating their craft and careers at our Annual Awards Gala."
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music's past and future. In the Hall, musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while the organization's music community outreach grooms the next generation of troubadours.
Performing songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is credited for helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is the author and voice of many timeless songs including: "Early Morning Rain," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Sundown," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," "Beautiful," "Ribbon Of Darkness," "Rainy Day People," "That's What You Get For Lovin' Me," "Did She Mention My Name," "I'm Not Sayin' That I Love You," "Race Among The Ruins," "Softly," "Song For A Winter's Night," and "Summer Side Of Life." Many of Lightfoot's albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally and his songs have been recorded by some of the world's most renowned artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane's Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, Anne Murray, Nana Mouskouri and George Hamilton IV. He has received five Grammy® nominations and 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, among his many other distinctions. Lightfoot is slated to release his first record since 1994 in the spring of 2012.
Songwriter Don Schlitz's first recorded song"The Gambler," sung by Kenny Rogers, won him the 1978 Grammy® for Country Song of the Year. Randy Travis' "Forever And Ever, Amen" earned him the same award in 1988. His songbook includes 24 #1 hits, with such country standards as: "On The Other Hand," "I Feel Lucky," "Houston Solution," "One Promise Too Late," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "40 Hour Week (For A Livin')," "Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain," "When You Say Nothing At All," "Deeper Than The Holler," "Learning To Live Again," and "Strong Enough To Bend." His songs have been sung by Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tanya Tucker, The Judds and many others. In 2001 he wrote the songs for the Broadway show, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This four-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993 and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Schlitz has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards and two ACM Song of Year Awards.Schlitz received the ASCAP Creative Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2010 was honored with the Academy of Country Music's Poet's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting.
Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones:
Composer Harvey Schmidt and lyricist Tom Jones are the legendary writing team best known for shaping the American musical landscape with their 1960 hit, The Fantasticks. The show, which was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991, is the longest running musical in history. Its best known song "Try To Remember," has been recorded by hundreds of artists over the decades including Ed Ames, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand and Placido Domingo. "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "They Were You" are also among the musical's most recognized songs, for which Schmidt composed and Jones crafted the lyrics. In 1963 they wrote the Broadway show 110 in the Shade, which earned the duo a Tony Award nomination for Best Composer and Lyricist. I DO! I DO!, their two-character Broadway musical followed in 1967, also earning them a Tony Award nomination for Best Composer and Lyricist. In 1998, the duo was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Other awards and honors includean Obie Award, induction into the Broadway Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award, and their "stars" added to the Off-Broadway Walk of Fame outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre in NYC.
Performing songwriter Bob Seger is universally acknowledged by fans and musicians as one of the defining voices of American music. Some of the classic songs he has penned include, "Against The Wind," "Turn The Page," "Night Moves," "Hollywood Nights," "Rock And Roll Never Forgets," "Katmandu," "Mainstreet," "Still The Same," "We've Got Tonight," "The Fire Down Below," "Like A Rock," and "Beautiful Loser," to name a few. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Metallica, Kid Rock, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Cher, Johnny Hallyday, Martina McBride, Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, The Pointer Sisters, Barry Manilow, Brooks & Dunn, Conway Twitty and Keb' Mo'. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band have sold more than 51 million records worldwide, with twelve platinum and seven multi-platinum RIAA-certified album sales awards. Seger holds the distinction for the #1 Catalog Album of the Decade (2000-2010) for his Greatest Hits, which has sold more than nine million copies in the U.S. to date, posting an unbroken 17-year streak on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and Catalog Albums charts. In 1981 Seger won a Grammy® for his song "Against The Wind" in the Best Rock Performance by a Group or Duo" category. In 2004 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.