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BMI Mourns the Loss of Songwriting Legend Curly Putman

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From News, posted 11.03.16 BMI is saddened at the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and multiple BMI award-winner Curly Putman, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Putman’s vast catalog of songs undeniably helped shape country music history and include, among others, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.” He… Read more...


Remembering Dick Clark: 1929-2012

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From News, posted 4.19.12 Dick Clark, the gracious and towering ambassador of American popular music and mainstream youth culture, passed away on Wednesday, April 17 in Santa Monica, California. He was 82. After stints as a television announcer and DJ, Clark began the career that would eventually unfold into a media empire with a… Read more...


From the Archives

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.28.12 BMI’s songwriting history, in pictures. Legends catch up at the 1981 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Pictured are (seated) Billy Sherrill, Jerry Kennedy and Jerry Lee Lewis; with Curly Putman, Faron Young, Johnny Bush and Willie Nelson (standing). Read more...


Remembering Liz Anderson, 1930-2011

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From News, posted 11.03.11 Longtime BMI songwriter Liz Anderson has died. She was 81. The writer behind Merle Haggard’s “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “Just Between the Two of Us,” which Haggard recorded with Bonnie Owens, Anderson also penned songs for Jerry Lee Lewis, Del Reeves, Roy Drusky, Waylon Jennings, and others,… Read more...


BMI, Galaxie Agency & Nashville Blues Society Celebrate Life & Work of Motown Legend Barrett Strong

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From News, posted 8.22.11 On Sunday, August 28 at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Nashville, Galaxie Agency, BMI and the Nashville Blues Society will partner to celebrate the life and work of the incomparable soul songwriter Barrett Strong, with all proceeds going directly to Strong to offset care and medical bills. Featuring performances by… Read more...


Gregg Allman: The Long Rider

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.01.11 Gregg Allman is no stranger to the blues. As singer, songwriter, and organ player for the Allman Brothers Band, he has taken them about as far as they have ever gone. As skeletal 12-string Piedmont finger-picking stretches into swirling chromatic rhapsodies of improvisation, his Hammond B-3 sloshes against thundering double… Read more...


“Memphis Beat,” Reborn: Keb’ Mo’, Dickey Lee & Allen Reynolds Win BMI Film/TV Awards

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From News, posted 6.28.11 Keb’ Mo’ had two big reasons to smile during a recent visit to BMI’s Nashville offices. The acclaimed blues slinger earned BMI Film/TV Awards—one for composing the original theme and background music for brand new series Mike & Molly, and the other for his role in… Read more...


Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Ball of Fire

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.11.11 Against all conceivable odds, expectations, predictions, rumors, gossip and reason, Jerry Lee Lewis is 75 years old. He still sounds like he could hit the key of a piano with his pinky harder than most men could hit it with their right fist. His legacy—a smoldering trail of mayhem and… Read more...


Waylon Payne Walks the Line

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.01.10 Waylon Payne is hitting Nashville early on a hot July morning. He’s driving a new, used gold Mercedes Benz and he needs a shave and a shower and a couple cups of coffee. He’s been up late seeing old friends, which by his own admission is not a wise decision.… Read more...


Sweet Dreams: Roy Orbison and the Birth of the Pop Masterpiece

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.24.09 BMI legend Roy Orbison - rock & roll’s greatest singer, a crooning rockabilly Caruso who brought opera’s high drama to the malt shop jukebox, broke the hearts of bobbysoxers, and pioneered the three-minute pop masterpiece - started out in a dust-covered oven called Wink. He was a West Texas sensation… Read more...


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