Thursday 23 February 2012

Meatloaf songwriter Jim Steinman to receive Fame honour...

Record producer Jim Steinman, who has written songs for Meatloaf and Bonnie Tyler, is to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He is best known for the hit songs I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) and Total Eclipse Of The Heart.

In 1997 he received the album of the year Grammy award for producing Celine Dion's record Falling Into You.

The 64-year-old will receive his accolade at a ceremony in New York on 14 June.

Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones - not to be confused with the Welsh singer - will be honoured at the same event.

Chairman of the event, Jimmy Webb, said each inductee has created a "unique range of extraordinary contributions, a body of work that has resonated with audiences around the world, and greatly enriched our global culture".

Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates composers and lyricists and has more than 300 inductees.

Lightfoot is largely credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s.

His song credits include Early Morning Rain, Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Sundown and he has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

Schlitz achieved award success with his first recorded song The Gambler, which was sung by Kenny Rogers.

In 1978 it was named country song of the year at the Grammys.

Since then he has gone from strength to strength, with a songbook that includes 24 number one hits.

As well as his songwriting credits, songwriter Seger has also achieved success with his Silver Bullet Band, who have sold more than 51 million records worldwide.

In 1981 he won a Grammy for his song Against The Wind in the best rock performance by a group or duo category.

Composer Schmidt and lyricist Jones are best known for penning the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks.

The most well-known song from the show, Try To Remember, has been recorded by hundreds of artists over the decades, including Barbra Streisand and Placido Domingo.

Source: BBC

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