We know [lastfm]Sir Paul McCartney[/lastfm] as being a famous member of the [lastfm]Fab Four[/lastfm], an ardent activist, and a fabulous father. But did you also know that he is a huge influence on country artists like country artists [lastfm]Dolly Parton[/lastfm], [lastfm]Ray Stevens[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm], [lastfm]Reba McEntire[/lastfm], [lastfm]Buck Owens[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Kenny Rogers[/lastfm]? McCartney was recognized on July 26th by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for being one of the most successful songwriters of all time.
[pullquote quote="He [Paul McCartney] loves Nashville and loves the musical heritage that we have.” credit=”Roger Murrah, Board Chairman of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation “]
His award received much fanfare from country music artists. A 2009 inductee [lastfm]Kye Fleming[/lastfm] said :
Paul’s songs have always been an inspiration to me. I still have my original ‘Meet [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm]‘ LP. It is in my office right now. I bought it when I was 13 … coincidence that I started writing songs when I was 14? I don’t think so! ’nuff said.’
Board chairman, Roger Murrah, of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation awarded [lastfm]Paul McCartney [/lastfm] the plaque.
We were honored to bestow on Music City’s special guest, [lastfm]Sir Paul McCartney[/lastfm], an honorary induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Creative exchanges constantly occur between music genres from around the world. In this way, Nashville songwriters have influenced Paul and, with his amazing body of work, Paul has certainly influenced Nashville songwriters.
Presenting McCartney with the plaque wasn’t just an act of duty for Roger; he is a die-hard fan who genuinely overjoyed to meet one of his favorite songwriters and receive such heartwarming gratitude:
I was just thrilled that he acknowledged me and thanked me like he did. He’s been a big fan of several National Songwriters Hall of Famers like Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and Carl Perkins. Paul was a big fan of Carl. It’s kind of like a complete cycle. They influenced Paul and Paul influenced so many of us. Someone made the comment that he just felt like one of us … speaking of songwriters. He just couldn’t have been more gracious and nicer.
Despite receiving a lifetime of achievement awards, Paul McCartney seemingly cherished his award so much he became slightly…possessive. Roger explains:
We offered to mail it to one of his offices or his home, and he wouldn’t have it. He said he wanted to take it with him, and jokingly said, ‘I don’t trust you.’ He wanted to be sure it left with him. He was characteristically joking around and enjoying the occasion. It meant a lot to him. He’s very respectful of Nashville and has spent weeks here before on a [friend's] farm. He and [his late wife] Linda and the children rented it several years ago. So he loves Nashville and loves the musical heritage that we have.
[Source: The Boot]