|Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman Roger Murrah (l) and CMA board member Bob DiPiero (r) present Paul McCartney with honor.
Sir Paul McCartney was presented an Honorary Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame just minutes prior to his acclaimed performance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on July 26th, it was announced by Roger Murrah, board chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation.
“We were honored to bestow on Music City’s special guest, Sir Paul McCartney, an Honorary Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.” Murrah said. “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.” (for a sampling of Nashville-based recording artists who have covered McCartney tunes, click HERE)
Two of Nashville’s most talented and award winning songwriters, as well as members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in their own right, concur.
“Paul’s songs have always been an inspiration to me,” said 2009 inductee Kye Fleming. “I still have my original Meet The Beatles 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.”
Gary Burr, who was inducted in 2005, noted, “what I learned from Paul McCartney: every time I write a song and get to the bridge I try to make the bridge strong enough and different enough that it could have been another song’s chorus. That’s what Paul always seemed to be able to do. Whether it’s going to a minor chord unexpectedly or changing the rhythm, he always pushed that extra mile in his writing. When you are writing a song in G and go to the E minor for the bridge ….you are not trying very hard. …and you are NOT channeling Paul McCartney.”
Painted and etched into glass, the plaque that was presented reads “In celebration of the art of songwriting and the creative spirit shared by you and our members to which you have so richly contributed, we the board of directors do hereby present to you Sir Paul McCartney an Honorary Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, July 26th, 2010. Murrah said that during the presentation, “Paul was warm, gracious and visibly moved by the honor.”
Established in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame boasts 176 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Bob DiPiero, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be given to a songwriter associated with the Nashville music community. In 2009 the Hall of Fame inducted Kye Fleming, Mark D. Sanders, and Tammy Wynette.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that owns and operates the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The principal purposes of the Foundation are to educate, archive, celebrate and honor the legacy of songwriting that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community.