January 24, 2005
“I Hate Everything” Named #1 HitGary Harrison and Keith Stegall were honored with a party at BMI Nashville celebrating the rise of their "I Hate Everything" to the top of the charts [1/18]. The song, produced by Tony Brown, is featured as a single from George Strait's new two-CD MCA Records compilation 50 Number Ones - which now boasts 51 #1s.
|Keith Stegall, Gary Harrison, BMI's Harry Warner, Erv Woolsey|
Also honored were publishers Midnight Express Music, November One Songs, Ratpack Music and Zomba Songs Inc. Harrison's list of writing credits includes the BMI Award-winning "Everybody Knows" (Trisha Yearwood), "Wild Angels" (Martina McBride), and "Strawberry Wine" (Deana Carter). Stegall, also a recipient of multiple BMI awards, contributed his writing skills to "Don't Rock the Jukebox" (Alan Jackson), "If I Could Make a Living" (Clay Walker) and "I Do (Cherish You)" (Mark Wills). Stegall initially performed "I Hate Everything" for Strait's manager, Erv Woolsey, who immediately reserved the song for the artist.
|Randy Boudreaux, BMI's Perry Howard|
|Kim Williams, BMI's David Preston|
|Gary Harrison, BMI's Thomas Cain, Alan Kates, Steve Ford, Keith Stegall|
|MCA's Scott Borchetta, Erv Woolsey, Zomba Songs Inc.'s Ron Stuve, Gary Harrison, Alan Kates, Keith Stegall, BMI's Harry Warner|
photos by Alan Mayor