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Library of Congress Adds 10 BMI Works to Distinguished National Recording Registry

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From News, posted 3.30.17 Yesterday the Library of Congress announced its annual selection of sound recordings for inclusion in the prestigious National Recording Registry. Works are chosen for their cultural, artistic and historical significance. The list of preserved musical works range from original Broadway cast recordings, to seminal albums across genres, to archival radio… Read more...


Remembering Johnny Otis: 1921-2012

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From News, posted 1.21.12 Legend Johnny Otis died on January 19. He was 90 years old. Otis was many things – songwriter, band leader, musician, talent scout, dj, activist, preacher, author – but those labels only hint at the scope and power of his versatility and vision. He had an incomparable knack for spotting and… Read more...


They’re Playing Our Song: Jerry Leiber and the Power of Collaboration

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From News, posted 9.06.11 Last month, the world lost one of the greatest songwriting collaborators of all time — Jerry Leiber. A legendary and iconic BMI songwriter, Leiber was instrumental in shaping the sound and subject matter of rock & roll and early rhythm & blues. The songs Jerry Leiber wrote with his longtime… Read more...


Jerry Leiber Dies

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From News, posted 8.23.11 With partner Mike Stoller, Mr. Leiber crafted the songs that ushered in the era of rock and roll. The pair wrote “Hound Dog” for Big Mama Thornton, and Elvis Presley was paying attention. Elvis recorded the tune, and as his career ignited, Leiber and Stoller continued to help create the… Read more...


Suzan-Lori Parks and Paul Oscher

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.06 The Odd Couple? Her mentor was James Baldwin; he learned the fine points of guitar playing looking over Muddy Waters's shoulder. As a teen in the '80s, she gave up guitar playing soon after she started because it was such a white-guy thing; he encouraged her to go back to… Read more...


BMI Blues Legends Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

From News, posted 5.21.06 BMI songwriters once again dominated the annual Blues Music Awards, held May 11 in Memphis. Presented by the Blues Foundation and co-sponsored by BMI, the Blues Music Awards, formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards, celebrate excellence in the performance and recording of the blues, and… Read more...