Top Producer Byron Gallimore Is Center Stage at Surprise Party
The guest list was a "Who's Who" of country music makers when BMI Nashville hosted a surprise party for producer Byron Gallimore to celebrate his being named Billboard magazine's #1 "Hot Country Producer" for the third year in a row. Billboard Nashville bureau chief Phyllis Stark gifted Gallimore with a framed listing from the magazine, explaining that his #1 designation represents an astounding 87 charting songs in three years. BMI's David Preston read notes from BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston and from Jo Dee Messina, who has teamed with Gallimore for three albums. Preston also presented the producer with an engraved pewter tray to complement the many pewter BMI #1 cups he has earned through the years.
Artists and Songwriters salute the Producer: (seated) Greg Barnhill, Even Stevens, BMI's David Preston, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Marv Green, Anna Wilson, Monty Powell, Robin Lee Bruce (standing) Tom Douglas, Danny Orton, Cory Mayo, Kris Bergsnes, Stephony Smith, Larry W. Johnson, Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Charley Pride, Terri Clark, Jessica Andrews, (kneeling) Marcel, Phil Vassar, Keith Follese, Michael Dulaney, Hillary Lindsay, Bill Luther, Rory Bourke, Tom Shapiro
Among the 200-plus family and friends offering congratulations to a truly stunned Gallimore were Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Phil Vassar, Jessica Andrews, Terri Clark and Gallimore's former boss, Charley Pride, plus dozens of Music Row's top songwriters and musicians.
Among Gallimore's producing credits are the following hits:
- "Angry All Time"
- "Grown Men Don't Cry"
- "It's Your Love"
- "Please Remember Me"
- "Something Like That"
- "One Of These Day"
- "My Next Thirty Years"
- "I Like It, I Love It"
- "Not A Moment Too Soon"
- "Refried Dreams"
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill with Rozene & Charley Pride
- "The Way You Love Me"
- "If My Heart Had Wings"
- "This Kiss"
- "The Secret Of Life"
- "There You'll Be"
Musicians par excellence: Brent Mason, Mike Brignardello, Paul Franklin, Aubrey Haynie and Lonnie Williams
Jo Dee Messina
- "That's The Way"
- "Bring On The Rain"
- "I'm Alright"
- "Bye Bye"
- "Stand Beside Me"
- "Heads Carolina, Tails California"
Marv Green, Missi Gallimore, Bill Luther, Aimee Mayo & Chris Lindsey
- "Who I Am"
- "Helplessly, Hopelessly"
- "Unbreakable Heart"
TBA Entertainment's Clarence Spalding, Terri Clark, AmSouth's Ed Theiss
- "Just Another Day In Paradise"
- "Six Pack Summer"
Kris Bergsnes, BMI's Thomas Cain, Neil Thrasher, Gilles Godard, Ensign Music's Pat Finch
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
The Song Garden Publishing family: Tiffany Swinea, Byron Gallimore, Rusty Gaston, Missi Gallimore with Ella Rose; Sophia Gallimore with Ann Callis
Curb Music's Drew Alexander, Curb Records' Mike & Linda Curb, Devon O'Day
Ed Hill and Martina McBride
Tom Douglas and Billy Kirsch
Annie Roboff and Bekka Bramlett
photos by Alan Mayor
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