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BMI Mourns the Loss of Groundbreaking Composer, Lyricist and Actress Micki Grant

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From News, posted 9.02.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of the first woman ever to write the book, music, and lyrics to a Broadway musical: Micki Grant, whose groundbreaking work Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, which she also starred in, won the uniquely talented BMI affiliate not only a GRAMMY for the score,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Icon Tom T. Hall

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From News, posted 8.23.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of legendary songwriter and artist Tom T. Hall. In addition to the string of self-penned #1 hits that he recorded himself, which include “A Week in a Country Jail,” “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,” “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine,” “I Love,” “Country Is,”… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Don Everly

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From News, posted 8.23.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of Don Everly, half of the timeless duo, the Everly Brothers. Don, along with his brother Phil, whom he survived by several years, was renowned for classic songs they sang together including several penned by BMI songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, such as the #1… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Kool & The Gang Co-Founder Dennis Thomas

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From News, posted 8.11.21. BMI was saddened to learn of the passing of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 70. A co-founder of seminal R&B group Kool & The Gang, Thomas helped forge the iconic band’s jubilant sound and energetic style for almost six decades. Responsible for… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Producer Chucky Thompson

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From News, posted 8.10.21. BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of producer Carl E. “Chucky” Thompson, whose death was announced Monday. He was 53. As a member of Bad Boy Entertainment’s squad of in-house producers, “The Hitmen,” Thompson enjoyed a robust 30-year career with a list of production credits that is truly… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill

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From News, posted 7.29.21. BMI was saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph “Dusty” Hill, longtime bass player and songwriter of ZZ Top, whose death at the age of 72 was announced on Wednesday. Boasting a sound as immediately recognizable as their signature image of long, shaggy beards, ZZ Top perfected a distinctive blend… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter Dewayne Blackwell

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From News, posted 5.27.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of Dewayne Blackwell, co-writer of one of the most popular songs in modern music history, “Friends in Low Places,” recorded by country star Garth Brooks in 1990. The legendary recording took Single of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards, and it also… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Recording Engineer Al Schmitt

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From News, posted 4.28.21. BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most talented recording engineers, Al Schmitt, who passed away Monday at the age of 91. During his long and continuously impressive career, Schmitt, who joined BMI in 1971, won a record-breaking 20 GRAMMYS for his creative recording talents on more than… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Hitmaking Songwriter/Producer Jim Steinman

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From News, posted 4.20.21. BMI was very saddened to learn of the passing of legendary rock and pop hitmaker Jim Steinman, who died Monday at the age of 73. A versatile songwriter, lyricist, composer and producer with a flair for the dramatic, Steinman left his signature on albums that have sold over 190,000,000 copies worldwide.… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Jazz Pianist Chick Corea

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From News, posted 2.12.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the true jazz giants, Chick Corea, who died this week at the age of 79. Corea, who continued to astound audiences for more than half a century with his unique jazz-rock fusion, was one of the most renowned keyboardists in music history.… Read more...


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