Music Row reports BMI will honor the legendary songwriter Tom T. Hall by naming him a BMI Icon at their 60th annual Country Awards. The ceremony will be held October 30 at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville. The BMI Icon award is given to songwriters who have had a ‘unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.’
During the ceremony, an all-star musical tribute will honor Tom. BMI will also honor their Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year as well as the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs. The ceremony will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.
Tom is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nicknamed “The Storyteller,” his songs are vivid and feature sharply drawn characters. Tom had seven No. 1 singles, all self-penned, including “A Week in a Country Jail” (1969–70), “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died” (1971),“(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine” (1972–73),” “I Love” (1973–74), “Country Is” (1974), “I Care” (1974–75), and “Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)” (1976).
A GRAMMY winner, he also wrote hits for other artists, including Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” “The Pool Shark” for Dave Dudley and “Little Bitty,” a hit for Alan Jackson in the late 90s. He has earned a total of 31 BMI Awards for songwriting and six of his songs have totaled more than one million performances each.
Tom has also had success in the Americana and bluegrass genres. He has collaborated with his wife Miss Dixie, and together, they were named SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year for 10 consecutive years. He met Miss Dixie, his wife of 45 years, at the 1965 BMI Country Awards in Nashville.
Past BMI Icons include Bill Anderson, Billy Sherrill, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, the Bee Gees, Bobby Braddock, Ray Davies, James Brown and more.