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ASCAP Collection Concert
The stories of, and back stories behind, several beloved songs were laid out for a most entertained audience May 11 as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation brought forward an evening of songs sung by ASCAP's member songwriters at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. The offering the second annual "We Write the Songs" event held at the Library in conjunction with the ASCAP Foundation's gift to the Library of its vast papers in 2009 had nearly 500 audience members standing, cheering and singing along by the evening's end.

Introduction by James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress (0:30)

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) introduces Paul Williams (5:10)
Paul Williams - General introduction and remarks (7:30)

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduces J.D. Souther (14:10)
J.D. Souther performs "Heartache Tonight" and "You're Only Lonely" (16:00)

Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduces Dion DiMucci (29:10)
Dion DiMucci performs "Runaround Sue," and "The Wanderer" (30:25)

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduces Jessi Alexander and Wayland Hollyfield (43:15)
Wayland Hollyfield performs "Could I Have This Dance" (47:10)
Jessi Alexander performs "The Climb" (52:30)

Barbara Boxer introduced Alan Bergman (D-CA) (58:10)
Alan Bergman performs "The Windmills In Your Mind" and "The Way We Were"(1:01:05)

Howard Berman (D-CA) introduces Hal David (1:13:00)
Hal David performs "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (1:15:15)

Hal David introduces Albert Hammond (1:19:05)
Albert Hammond and Hal David perform "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" (1:20:10)
Albert Hammond performs "It Never Rains in Southern California" (1:25:30)

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduces Bill Withers (1:28:15)
Bill Withers speaks and performs "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" and "Lean On Me" (1:30:15)
Event Date
May 11, 2010
-  In 1971 Bill released his debut album "Just As I Am." The song "Ain't No Sunshine" was a #3 R&B radio hit and won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song. Withers scored a massive smash in 1972 with the marvelously inspirational "Lean on Me," which reached #1 on the Billboard pop charts on July 8. "Use Me" was likewise successful; it peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop charts. In the summer of 1974 Bill performed in concert along James Brown, Etta James and BB King at the historic Ali/Frasier fight in Zaire (footage of Withers in concert can be seen in the acclaimed documentary "When We Were Kings"). After parting with Sussex Records, Withers hooked up with Columbia Records in 1975. "Lovely Day" was a Top 30 Billboard pop hit in 1978. "Just the Two of Us," Bill's terrific duet with Grover Washington, Jr., was a #2 Billboard pop hit in 1981 and won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song. His songs have been covered by a diverse array of artists that include Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Club Nouveau (their 1987 cover of "Lean on Me" won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song in 1988), Morrisey, Paul McCartney, Michael Bolton, Fiona Apple, Sting, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Mathis. Withers was the recipient of the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award in 2006. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill's songs have been featured on the soundtracks to such movies as "Hoot," "Roll Bounce," "Starsky & Hutch," "Bandits," "Exit Wounds," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "American Beauty," "Notting Hill," "The Bodyguard," "American Me," "Lean on Me," and "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," plus episodes of the TV shows "Entourage," "LAX," "Cold Case," "Keen Eddie," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigations," and "The Simpsons."
-  Albert Hammond is one of the more successful pop/rock songwriters to come out of England during the 1960s and 1970s, and has also enjoyed a long career as a recording artist, his work popular in two languages on three continents across four decades. By the end of the 1970s, Hammond was one of the busiest men in music, maintaining two full-fledged recording careers -- not only his string of English-language hit singles and albums, but also a late-'70s series of releases aimed at Spanish-speaking audiences, which gave him a new round of hits -- and a songwriting career that included material recorded by Starship ("Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now") and Chicago ("I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love"), in collaboration with Diane Warren, and a monster hit for Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias in "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" (with Hal David). Hammond has continued working into the 21st century, including a new album, Revolution of the Heart, in 2005. It was around that time that his classic '70s albums began getting reissued on CD for the first time. He has been followed into music during the first decade of the new century by his son, guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., a member of the Strokes. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
-  Hal David's best selling hits include: Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, This Guy's in Love with You, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, Do you Know the Way to San Jose, Walk on By, What the World Needs Now is Love, I Say a Little Prayer, Always Something There to Remind Me, One Less Bell to Answer, Anyone Who Had a Heart. Raindrops Keep falling on my Head won an Academy Award as the score for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Don't Make Me Over, Close to You and Walk on By are all in the Grammy Hall of Fame. What's New Pussycat, Alfie, and The Look of Love received Oscar nominations. Much of his work has been in collaboration with Burt Bacharach
-  Country siren and accomplished singer/songwriter Jessi Alexander was born in Jackson, TN, in 1972 and raised simultaneously in Memphis and Georgia (her parents divorced when she was three). Alexander -- named after outlaw country singer/songwriter and wife of Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter -- found comfort in music immediately, relying on the sounds of Motown, bluegrass, country, and rock & roll to help ease her through a problematic home life. She sang in bands throughout college, eventually dropping out to pursue music full-time, eventually finding herself in Nashville as a working backup singer and staff writer for Warner-Chappell. In 2001, after a friend submitted a demo tape to the NARAS Grammy Showcase, Alexander -- who had no prior knowledge of the submission -- found herself a very surprised winner, an achievement that helped the young singer get signed to Columbia in 2003. Her debut, Honeysuckle Sweet was released in March 2005. James Christopher Monger, Rovi
-  Grammy-nominated Wayland Holyfield is one of Nashville's most acclaimed and successful songwriters, the writer or co-writer of over 40 Top Ten hits and 14 #1 songs. Among the numerous artists who have recorded Holyfield's music are Anne Murray, Don Williams, Randy Travis, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Peter Townsend, Reba McEntire, Ernest Tubb, George Strait and George Jones. Wayland Holyfield's songs include: "Could I have This Dance," "You're My Best Friend," "Till the Rivers All Run Dry," "You're Going Out of My Mind" and "Nobody Likes Sad Songs." Holyfield currently serves as Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Foundation and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) for over 22 years. He has previously served on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1990 to 1999. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.
-  Alan Bergman teamed with wife Marilyn to forge one of the premier lyric writing teams in contemporary film music, authoring a series of hit themes for movies including In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Way We Were. Bergman was born September 11, 1925, in Brooklyn, NY, and began his career during the early '50s as a director of children's television programming; he married Marilyn in 1958 and three years later, the couple earned their first big-screen credit for their work on The Right Approach. 1967's In the Heat of Night was the Bergmans' breakthrough; composed with Quincy Jones, the picture's familiar title theme was sung by the inimitable Ray Charles. The following year, the couple teamed with composer Michel Legrand for The Thomas Crown Affair, notching an international smash with Noel Harrison's rendition of the film's "The Windmills of Your Mind"; the Bergmans subsequently enjoyed a lengthy collaboration with Legrand that also yielded such familiar favorites as "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing." Arguably their best-known effort is the title theme to the 1973 melodrama The Way We Were, written with Marvin Hamlisch; a number one pop hit for the movie's star, Barbra Streisand, the song also earned an Academy Award. After notching Emmys for their work on the television projects Queen of the Stardust Ballroom and Sybil, the Bergmans reunited with Hamlisch for 1978's Oscar-nominated "The Last Time I Felt Like This," from Same Time, Next Year; with Dave Grusin, the couple also penned the Tootsie theme "It Might Be You," a Top Ten hit for Stephen Bishop in 1982. A year later, they earned an Oscar for Best Original Score for their work on Streisand's Yentl; the Bergmans also earned Academy Award nominations for their contributions to 1989's Shirley Valentine and 1995's Sabrina.
-  J.D. Souther is a country rock singer-songwriter and actor, as well as a multi instrumentalist. He is well known both as a performer and as a writer and co-writer of hit songs for other artists, most famously Eagles and Linda Ronstadt.
-  Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter and President & Chairman of the Board of ASCAP. Recognized as one of America's most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers, Paul's standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Mathis, Jason Mraz, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, REM, Diamond Rio, Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, The Dixie Chicks, The Scissor Sisters, Gonzo, and Kermit The Frog.
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