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Remembering Chuck Brown: 1936-2012

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From News, posted 5.17.12. Chuck Brown, a beloved member of the BMI songwriting family, died on Wednesday, May 16 in Washington, D.C. Revered as the “Godfather of Go-Go” – his groundbreaking spin on funk that kept D.C. dancefloors and clubs full for decades – Brown topped national charts with his self-penned “Bustin’ Loose.” To learn… Read more...


Taylor Swift to Receive Hal David Starlight Award

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From News, posted 5.17.10. Taylor Swift will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award during the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards dinner, slated for Thursday, June 17 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. In making the announcement, Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, emphasized the magnitude of Swift’s breakthrough: “Taylor… Read more...


Soul King Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

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From News, posted 8.11.08. Venerable soul king Isaac Hayes died Sunday, August 10 in his Memphis, Tennessee home. He was 65 years old. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Hayes’s inimitable baritone, honey-buttered delivery and recital segues helped define deep soul and laid the foundation for multiple styles, including disco and rap. In 1964,… Read more...


BMI Hosts Luncheon for Isaac Hayes and David Porter

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From News, posted 7.16.08. BMI presented a special luncheon at the Conclave’s annual Learning Conference, held June 28 in Minneapolis, in honor of award-winning BMI songwriters Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The duo, who together penned most of their hits at the Stax label in the ’60s, including such classics as “Soul Man” and “Hold… Read more...


‘Grammys on the Hill’ Highlights Recording Arts Day

From News, posted 9.08.06. BMI partnered with the Recording Academy in presenting "Grammys on the Hill" at a gala ceremony held at the legendary Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., just steps from the White House. The agenda: recognize the contributions of members of Congress -- on both sides of the aisle --… Read more...


Recording Academy Honors Shine on Memphis Stars

From News, posted 11.08.05. BMI legendary producing and songwriting team Isaac Hayes and David Porter were among the recipients of the recent Recording Academy Honors presented by the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy. Co-sponsored by BMI, the gala awards celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and… Read more...


Song Hall Inducts Class of 2005

From News, posted 6.09.05. BMI songwriters Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and Richard and Robert Sherman were among those inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization's 36th annual induction and awards dinner held June 9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New… Read more...


Win Tickets to the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Show!

From News, posted 4.13.05. BMI songwriters who sign up for membership in the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame between now and May 20, 2005 will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this year's SHOF induction ceremony, to be held June… Read more...


Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Cropper, Hayes, Porter and Sherman Bros.

From News, posted 2.28.05. BMI songwriters Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and Richard and Robert Sherman are among those who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who… Read more...


Isaac Hayes Keeps On Cookin’

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.30.02. If he'd never done anything other than record "Theme from Shaft," Isaac Hayes would probably still be an icon. By the time his shaven head, omnipresent shades, copious gold chains and cool, unsmiling visage made him one of the most identifiable public figures of the 1970s, Hayes was… Read more...


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