Mister D: A big round of applause to Mr. Larry Henley for his nomination. It would be nice of you guys to check out his website and see other songs and artists he has written for, and also to learn about him. He gave Bette her biggest song to date: Click Here
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees announced
Nashville Business Journal – 3:44 PM CDT Thursday
by Judy Sarles
This year’s nominees for induction into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced Aug. 10.
The list includes 10 songwriters and five songwriter/artists whose first significant works scored commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago, who have positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville music community, and who are deemed to be outstanding and significant.
The Nashville Songwriters Foundation (NSF) owns and administers the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Established in 1970, the Hall of Fame has more than 150 members. Roger Murrah, NSF chairman and himself an inductee in 2005, says Nashville songwriters are unlike those in other cities.
“We have people that do it in special ways here in Nashville,” says Murrah, “and it’s just become more and more evident to the world that this is really the creative center.”
The nominees in the Songwriter category are: Pat Alger (“The Thunder Rolls,” performed by Garth Brooks), Larry Henley (“The Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler), Mark James (“Suspicious Minds,” Elvis Presley), Mac McAnally (“Old Flame,” Alabama), Bob Morrison (“You Decorated My Life,” Kenny Rogers), Gary Nicholson (“One More Last Chance,” Vince Gill), Hugh Prestwood (“Ghost In This House,” Shenandoah), Thom Schuyler (“16th Avenue,” Lacy J. Dalton), John Scott Sherrill (“Wild and Blue,” John Anderson) and Jim Weatherly (“Midnight Train to Georgia,” Gladys Knight & The Pips).
The nominees in the Songwriter/Artist category are: Arthur Alexander (“You Better Move On”), Jimmy Buffet (“Margaritaville”), J.J. Cale (“Cocaine”), John Hiatt (“Have A Little Faith In Me”) and Tony Joe White (“Rainy Night in Georgia”).
“The old thought that songwriters were somehow unsung heroes was not just wrong as a matter of practice, but wrong as a matter of fact,” says Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.
On Oct. 22, two songwriters and one songwriter/artist will be inducted at the NSF’s annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony at Renaissance Nashville Hotel.