Songwriter-Producer Billy Sherrill Named BMI Icon

Songwriter-producer Billy Sherrill will be presented BMI’s Icon Award during the performing rights organization’s 58th annual country awards taking place Nov. 9 in Nashville. The invitation-only event will also recognize BMI’s song, songwriter and publisher of the year and the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed country songs from the BMI catalog. Sherrill played a key role in expanding country music’s mainstream audience in the ’70s. His songwriting credits include Tammy Wynette‘s “Stand by Your Man,” “‘Til I Can Make It on My Own” and “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” Charlie Rich‘s “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and “Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High)” and David Houston‘s “Almost Persuaded.” In the studio, he produced a string of classic recordings such as “Stand by Your Man,” Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors” and George Jones‘ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Sherrill has received more BMI country awards than any other songwriter in history and was named the organization’s country songwriter of the 20th century in 1999. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year.