Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music.
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. was a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and was known internationally as a folk-rock legend.
My first inductee(s) for my Songwriters Award is Lennon and McCartney, John Lennon’s 2nd time and Paul McCartney’s 3rd time into Doyle’s Space Music Hall of Fame.
Lennon and McCartney complemented one another as personalities and as musicians. McCartney’s melodic facility smoothed over some of Lennon’s rougher edges. Lennon’s grit added texture and leavened some of McCartney’s more saccharine tendencies.
Her career spanned over 50 years starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances.
Raquel Welch was born as Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the first child of Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and Josephine Sarah Hall. Her father, Armando, was an aeronautical engineer from La Paz, Bolivia. When she was two years old her family moved to San Diego California where she attended the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church every Sunday with her mother.
Elvis loved his daughter and gave her many cute and funny nicknames including Sweetcheeks, Yisa, Buttonhead, and Injun.
Lisa Marie Presley was born February 1, 1968, to Elvis and Priscilla Presley in Memphis, Tennessee, nine months to the day after her parent’s wedding. After her parents divorced, she lived with her mother in Los Angeles, with frequent stays with her father at Graceland in Memphis. She would be Elvis’ only child. She seemed destined to lead a life in the public eye, thanks to looks that mirrored those of her father and a notable singing voice to match.
And the long grass blows in the evening cool
And August’s rare delight may be April’s fool
But think not of that, my love
I’m tight against the seam
And I’m growing up to meet you down on velvet green
Jethro Tull is a British rock band formed in Blackpool, England, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock and jazz fusion, the group’s bandleader, founder, primary composer, and only constant member is Ian Anderson, a multi-instrumentalist who mainly plays flute and acoustic guitar, and is also the lead vocalist.
“I wear black for the poor and the beaten down
Living in the hopeless, hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime…
I’d love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that everything’s OK
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.”
Inductee number 10 and my second in the country genre is Johnny Cash. He was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, and died September 12, 2003, at age 71 just four months after the death of his wife, June Carter Cash. His mother wanted to name him John and his daddy wanted Ray so at birth they named him J. R. Cash.
Anita Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is also the recipient of five Emmy Awards and accolades from every corner of the industry.
Anita Mann is an American choreographer, dancer, and actress born October 21, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of David Winter’s (English-American actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, distributor, director, and screenwriter) dancers on shows such as Shindig!, The T.A.M.I. Show and Monte Carlo: C’est La Rose, a Grace Kelly documentary special.
Lubbock, Texas singer, songwriter Mac Davis died September 29, 2020, after becoming critically ill after heart surgery. After high school, Mac moved to Atlanta and formed a rock band called the Zots. It wasn’t long before he got his start a songwriter in Nancy Sinatra’s company, Boots Enterprises. He would play on many of her recordings and she even worked him into her stage shows.