Like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter's Hall of Fame honours musical artists who have made significant contributions to the world of music over their lifetime. Of the thousands of songwriters who have created music over the past couple of centuries, only 400 have been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
On February 22 the Songwriter's Hall of Fame released the list of their 2013 inductees –and Joe Perry of , Mick Jones and of Foreigner, JD Souther, , and Holly Knight. The songwriters will be officially inducted at the ceremony on June 13 in New York City.
Tony Hatch is a songwriter, producer, arranger, conductor, and piano player from the United Kingdom who has penned music for Garry Mills,, , The Searchers, , and Scott Walker.
Over his 40 plus year career Hatch has written numerous songs including “Look for a Star”, “Forget Him”, “Sugar and Spice”, “Downtown”, “I Know a Place”, “My Love”, “Call Me”, “Where Are You Now”, “Don't Sleep in the Subway”, “I Couldn't Live Without Your Love”, “Colour My World”, “Sign of the Times”, “Joanna”, “Sign of the Times”, and “The Other Man's Grass is Always Greener”.
Eighties rockers Foreigner amassed numerous top 30 hit songs and 10 multi platinum albums, many of them several times platinum thanks to the band's songwriting duo of Mick Jones and Lou Gramm.
Foreigner's hits include “I Want to Know What Love Is”, “Long Way from Home', “Double Vision”, “Cold as Ice”, “Juke Box Hero”, Waiting for a Girl Like You”, “Head Games”, and “Hot Blooded”. Gramm and Jones have also penned a number of songs on their own and with other songwriters.
Grammy Award winning Holly Knight has been writing songs that have topped the charts for over 30 years. She began in 1981 with her band Spider and hasn't stopped since penning songs for such stars as, , Patty Smyth, , John Waite, , Heart, , KISS, Cheap Trick, and Rod Stewart.
Her vast catalogue of songs includes “Better Be Good to Me”, “Love is a Battlefield”, “Invincible”, “The Warrior”, “Change”, “Baby Me”, “Never”,”Pleasure and Pain”, “The Best”, “Wildest Dreams”, “Love Touch”, “Obsession”, “Hide Your Heart”, “Space”, and “Slow Burn”.
Along with all of the chart topping hits, Knight has had her music appear in “Thelma and Louise”, “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome”, “Stewart Little”, “American Idol”, “The Voice”, “The Simpsons”, “South Park”, “30 Rock”, and “Family Guy”.
Southern California songwriter JD Souther has a big influence on modern rock and roll selling over 150 million songs and penning a number of hit songs for some of the top rockers including the Eagles, Don Henley, and Linda Ronstadt. He has shared songwriting duties with hitmakers Warren Zevon, Paul Williams, Burth Bacharach, Brian Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Crosby Still and Nash, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Roy Orbison, and Jackson Browne.
“Heartache Tonight”, “Victim of Love”, “New Kid in Town”, “Best of My Love”, “Heart of the Matter”, “How Long”, “Faithless Love”, “Simple Man, Simple Dream”, “Prisoner in Disguise”, “You're Only Lonely”, and “Her Town, Too”.
Multi award winning Souther has also released eight albums of his own.
Hard rocking legends Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith have amassed over 150 million album sales, four Grammy Awards, and are the only 2013 Songwriter's Hall of Fame inductees who are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As original members of the rockers and songwriters for the group, as members of Aerosmith Tyler and Perry have released 15 studio albums over the course of their mulit decade career.
Among the duos penned hits are “Walk this Way”, “Toys in the Attic”, “Back in the Saddle”, “Draw the Line”, “Rag Doll”, “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, “Love in an Elevator”, “Livin' on the Edge”, “Cryin'”, and “Crazy”.