ASCAP will honor legendary songwriter Bob McDill with the ASCAP Golden Note Award during its 50th Annual Country Music Awards, which take place October 29 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland. The ASCAP Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Don Williams, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire, among others.
“Bob McDill is one of country music’s most eloquent and literary songwriters,” ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said. “His dedication to the art and craft of writing honest songs that come straight from the soul has touched the hearts of millions around the world. We are very proud to honor him with the ASCAP Golden Note Award in recognition of his extraordinary career.”
Bob McDill has written 31 No. 1 songs, received four Grammy nominations, was named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1994, earned the NSAI Songwriter of the Year three times and was inducted into the NSAI’s Hall of Fame in 1985. His career began in the late 1960s while still serving in the Naval Reserve when pop singer Perry Como recorded his song “Happy Man.”
Not long after, Bob moved to Nashville and soon had his first country hit, “Catfish John,” recorded by Johnny Russell. Some of his many hits include “It Must Be Love” and “Good Ole Boys Like Me” recorded Don Williams, “Song of the South,” recorded by Alabama, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” and “Louisiana Saturday Night” recorded by Mel McDaniel and “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” recorded by Keith Whitley.
His success continued into the 1990s with hits like “Gone Country,” “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Why Didn’t I Think of That” and “All the Good Ones Are Gone.” Alan Jackson expressed his appreciation for Bob’s talent in the liner notes of his The Greatest Hits Collection.
“Bob McDill wrote this and he is one of my favorite writers of all time,” Alan said, referring to “Gone Country.” “When I first heard this song I fell in love with it. I wish that I’d written it ’cause it says a lot of things that I’d like to say.”
The 50th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will also honor the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year as well as the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed Country songs from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The evening will also feature live performances of the Top Five most-performed songs of 2011.