With transistor technology, music began to travel with its listeners, and FM radio grew by leaps and bounds. Among those to join ASCAP were the Band, Reverend Gary Davis, John Denver, the Doors, Philip Glass, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Shulamit Ran, Bob Seger, Carly Simon and current ASCAP Board member Jimmy Webb.
Woodstock captured the essence of a generation, and three young ASCAP composers, Galt McDermott, James Rado and Jerome Ragni, turned Broadway on with Hair. Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini wrote the enduring classics, "Moon River" and "The Pink Panther Theme." And three present day ASCAP Board members won Academy Awards: Johnny Mandel for "The Shadow of Your Smile" with Paul Francis Webster; former ASCAP President Hal David for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" with Burt Bacharach; and ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman, winning her first of three, for "The Windmills of Your Mind" with Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand.
In Nashville, country music was becoming a sophisticated populist art. Songwriters Jimmie Rodgers and Fred Rose were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The first country Grammy went to ASCAP writer Bobby Russell for "Little Green Apples." ASCAP's dominance in country music has continued, sweeping 73% of the recent CMA Awards.
It was also the heyday of Motown, whose sound would take the world by storm. ASCAP's repertory boasts Motown classics by member-owners Ashford & Simpson, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. And from across the pond, the British invasion brought America the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
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