Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inducts Dead Duo, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry
February 18, 2015 at 12:20 PM (PT)
THE GRATEFUL DEAD's ROBERT HUNTER and JERRY GARCIA, TOBY KEITH, CYNDI LAUPER, LINDA PERRY, the late blues legend WILLIE DIXON and country music songwriter BOBBY BRADDOCK will be inducted into the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME on JUNE 18th during the organization’s 46th ANNUAL INDUCTION AND AWARDS DINNER at the MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL in NEW YORK CITY. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.
“Our 2015 lineup of inductees represents the rich diversity of AMERICAN musical styles – rock, country, blues and pop – that have captivated the world over the past six decades,” said SHOF President/CEO LINDA MORAN. “Each one of these brilliant music creators have written instantly recognizable classics, songs that are both of their time and timeless. Our ANNUAL AWARDS GALA is sure to be unforgettable.”
ROBERT HUNTER & JERRY GARCIA first paired together as performers in a folk duo in the early '60s. When GARCIA formed the GRATEFUL DEAD, he looked to HUNTER as the band's official lyricist, and was inducted as a member with the rest of the band into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1994. JERRY wrote the music while ROBERT penned lyrics for songs such as, “Casey Jones,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “St. Stephen” and “Truckin,” which was recognized by the UNITED STATES LIBRARY OF CONGRESS in 1997 as a national treasure.
TOBY KEITH has been one of the most consistent songwriters and hit makers of his era. From his first #1 smash, "Should've Been A Cowboy" to "How Do You Like Me Now?!," "Who's Your Daddy," "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," "Beer For My Horses," and "I Love This Bar," he has placed a self-penned song at #1 for 20 consecutive years, racing up more than 85 million BMI performances.
CYNDI LAUPER's musical achievements pervasive, first finding acclaim in 1983, co-writing a pair of memorable singles —“Time After Time” and “She Bop" — for her seminal debut, "She’s So Unusual." Spring-boarding off this success, she co-wrote most of her follow-up album, "True Colors," including the hit “Change of Heart.” In 2013, CYNDI made her first foray into BROADWAY, composing the music for the critically adored musical "Kinky Boots," winning six TONY AWARDS, including one for her score, which made her the first woman to win solo in that category. In addition, CYNDI's songwriting has earned her more than 50 million in album sales, two GRAMMYS and an EMMY.
LINDA PERRY is credited with writing her band 4 NON BLONDES' hit single, "What's Up," before moving on to work with such artists as PINK (including the GRAMMY-nominated "Get The Party Started") and CHRISTINA AGUILERA ("Hurt" and the GRAMMY-winning "Beautiful"). She has gone on to write songs for ALICIA KEYS, GWEN STEFANI, JAMES BLUNT, THE DIXIE CHICKS and CELINE DION, and recently starred in her own VH1 reality series, "Make Or Break: The LINDA PERRY Project."
BOBBY BRADDOCK is one of the most successful country music songwriters of all time. He is the only living person to have written chart-topping country hits in five consecutive decades, penning songs for artists such as WILLIE NELSON, NANCY SINATRA, JERRY LEE LEWIS and T.G. SHEPPARD, among many others. With 13 #1 hits, BRADDOCK's songs have become country music standards, including favorites such as, TAMMY WYNETTE's “D.I.V.O.R.C.E,” GEORGE JONES & WYNETTE's duet, “Golden Ring,” TRACY LAWRENCE's “Time Marches On,” and TOBY KEITH’s 2001 hit, “I Wanna Talk About Me” (the first #1 country rap song). His “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” sung by GEORGE JOINES, is considered by many the best country song of all time. In 2001, he embarked on a new career as a producer, discovering singer BLAKE SHELTON and making several #1 records with him.
The late WILLIE DIXON, one of the most prolific songwriters of all time, has been referred to as “the poet laureate of the blues” and the “father of modern CHICAGO blues.” His songs have been recorded by countless artists, including “Hoochie Coochie Man,” first recorded by MUDDY WATERS and later by JIMI HENDRIX, CHUCK BERRY and JIMMY SMITH. In 2004, the song was selected for preservation by the U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY. Other DIXON classics include “I Just Want To Make Love To You" and “Little Red Rooster,” which was included in the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME’s list of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll.” His other notable songs include “My Babe,” “Spoonful” and “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover.” He was posthumously inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in the “early influences” category in 1994.