Billy Sherrill To Be Named A BMI Icon
October 1, 2010 at 8:34 AM (PT)
BMI will name BILLY SHERRILL, who is known as the father of the contemporary Country sound, a BMI Icon during its 58th Annual COUNTRY AWARDS, which are slated for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th at the organization’s MUSIC ROW offices in NASHVILLE. In addition to crowning Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year, the ceremony will celebrate the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed Country songs from the BMI catalog.
The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters and artists who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” SHERILL joins a list of past honorees that includes JOHN FOGERTY, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, WILLIE NELSON, ISAAC HAYES, MERLE HAGGARD, BRIAN WILSON, DOLLY PARTON, LORETTA LYNN, THE BEE GEES, RAY DAVIES, JAMES BROWN and more.
SHERILL is an eight-time BMI COUNTRY SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR and has earned 84 BMI Country, Pop and R&B Awards for penning songs including “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” “Stand By Your Man,” “’Til I Can Make It on My Own,” “My Elusive Dreams,” “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” “Almost Persuaded,” and “Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High).” He produced standards including CHARLIE RICH’s “Behind Closed Doors,” TAMMY WYNETTE’s “Stand By Your Man” and GEORGE JONES’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” SHERILL has received more BMI COUNRY AWARDS than any other songwriter in history and was inducted into the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME in 1984, while the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME welcomed him earlier this year.
For more on the 58th Annual COUNTRY AWARDS and BMI, visit www.bmi.com.