He’s one of the best-selling artists in history with over 51 million albums sold spanning his five-decade career and he got us moving with his “Old Time Rock And Roll,” now Detroit rocker [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Seger[/lastfm] is going down in history as part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Just one of the inductees for the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, Seger is also joined by ’60′s folk-rock crooner [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gordon Lightfoot[/lastfm], Jim Steinman, Don Schlitz and the musical-writing duo Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones as the new class of prolific songwriters being honored at the star-studded ceremony.
“Each of our 2012 inductees 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,” said Chairman Jimmy Webb. “We are looking forward to celebrating their craft and careers at our Annual Awards Gala.”
Bob Seger has been a rock staple for over five decades releasing 17 studio albums and cracking the charts with hits such as “Shakedown,” “Night Moves,” “Shame On The Moon,” and of course his signature hit “Old Time Rock and Roll.” His music has appeared in movies and on numerous film soundtracks over the years including Risky Business, Forrest Gump and Beverly Hills Cop II. Seger was also inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Legendary Canadian folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has defined the folk-pop sound of the ’60s with such hits as “Early Morning Rain,” “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind.” He was already inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Steinman is best known for his work composing every song on Meatloaf’s 1977 Bat Out of Hell album, as well as writing and producing the 1993 followup Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Country composer Schlitz is known for writing Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” and Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing at All.”
Composer Harvey Schmidt and lyricist Tom Jones are the duo behind composing “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical in history at 42 years.
Each of the 2012 inductees will be honored in the annual awards gala on June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
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