Elton John also receives special award and Smokey Robinson debuts new song at the New York ceremony
Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
The pair were honoured at the New York ceremony last night (June 13) alongside Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Neighbours composer Tony Hatch.
“I love that Joe and I are getting inducted tonight because we put our nose to the grindstone. We can’t get harmony if everybody is singing the same note,” Tyler said.
“It means that people are listening to what we’re doing,” added Perry. “Like Steven said, we’re always under the hood working, or we’re on the road, whatever. That’s what the band is, it’s work, and we’re doing it.” Elton John and writing partner Bernie Taupin also received the Johnny Mercer award at 44th annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame event.
During the ceremony Smokey Robinson – who is recovering from inflamed vocal chords prompting a two-month break from performing – debuted part of a new song he wrote about the Motown record label founder Berry Gordy, who he called his “mentor, brother, sometimes dad and best friend”, reports the Washington Post.
He added: “On the very first day of Motown, when Berry Gordy started Motown, there were five people there, and he sat us down. He said ‘We are not just going to make black music; we are going to make music for everybody. We’re gonna make music for the world. We’re always going to make quality music with great stories and great beats.’ And thank God, that’s what we did.” The ceremony also paid tribute to Hal David, who died last year, and Phil Ramone, who died in March.