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Heavy-Hitting BMI Writers ‘Remember Hank Cochran’ During Frank Brown Int’l Songwriters Festival

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From News, posted 10.20.15 On November 14, 2015, where the white sand beaches meet the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar on the state line will be buzzing with festival goers waiting to hear BMI songwriters Jamey Johnson, Dean Dillon and Scotty Emerick during the Frank… Read more...


From the Archives

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.16.12 BMI’s songwriting history, in pictures. Merle Haggard, Marijohn Wilkin and Eddy Arnold huddle for a photo at the 1970 BMI Country Awards in Nashville. “During the course of his legendary career, Haggard has racked up 40 No. 1 songs, multiple wins as the Academy of Country Music’s Top… Read more...


Doug Johnson: Changing Somebody’s World

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.27.11 Walk the narrow sidewalks along Nashville’s famed Music Row on just about any day of the week and you’ll see them, wide-eyed and star struck. Young writers, with little or no experience under their belts arrive with dreams of making it big. While their hopes are high, many of them… Read more...


Bobby Hebb Dies

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From News, posted 8.04.10 Influential R&B songwriter and vocalist Bobby Hebb has died. He was 72. The Nashville native wrote and recorded “Sunny,” a soaring groove that remains perennially hummable, even by generations born decades after its original release. The tune was covered by James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Eddy Arnold, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder,… Read more...


Hank Cochran Dies

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From News, posted 7.15.10 Iconic songwriter Hank Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The writer behind country standards including “Make the World Go Away,” “She’s Got You,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “The Chair,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “Is It Raining at Your House,”… Read more...


BMI Greats Dominate American Songwriter Top 50 List, Icon Merle Haggard Featured

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From News, posted 6.09.10 Nashville music writer and singer/songwriter Peter Cooper recently compiled “50 Country Songs Every Songwriter Should Know,” and the majority of ranking honky-tonk prototypes are BMI classics. Featured in the current issue of American Songwriter, the list kicks off with “Lost Highway,” penned by BMI songwriter Leon Payne and inimitably recorded… Read more...


Musicians Hall of Fame Inducts BMI Pioneers

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From News, posted 10.14.09 Industry admirers, peers, and contemporary stars gathered to salute the 2009 class of virtuosos inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame on Monday, October 12 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. BMI legends Chet Atkins, Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels, Billy Cox, and band Toto all became members of the… Read more...


2009 Inductees Announced for Musicians Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 6.08.09 The 2009 inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame include a slew of BMI legends: Chet Atkins, Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels, Billy Cox, and band TOTO will all become members of the prestigious club that already includes Booker T. & The MGs, The Crickets, Duane Eddy, Al Kooper, The Memphis… Read more...


Majority of 2008 ACM Awards Go Home with BMI Artists

From News, posted 5.19.08 BMI’s country family enjoyed sweeping recognition at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards, held May 18 in Las Vegas. The prestigious Album of the Year trophy went to Miranda Lambert for her critically acclaimed project, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Lambert accepted the award with genuine surprise and gratitude, thanking both the… Read more...


Country Music Hall of Famer Eddy Arnold Dead at 89

From News, posted 5.08.08 Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 8, near his home in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. He was 89 years-old. Throughout his seven-decade career, the Tennessee Plowboy’s unprecedented combination of farm… Read more...


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