It’s called the Hall of Fame Show for a reason and you don’t want to miss these three songwriters who have had more than 40 No. 1 records and more than 80 No. 10 records when they take the stage from 8-10 p.m. Thursday at City Park as part of the Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert series.
The show was rescheduled from its June 2 date after heavy rainfall flooded the Birdsong Amphitheater stage.
“People aren’t going to know who these guys are, they aren’t household names, but when they hear the songs they’ve written, they’ll know,” Doug Montgomery, owner of Texstar Ford, said.
Richard Leigh was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and has written country hits like, ‘I’ll Get Over You’; ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’; ‘Cold Day in July,’ which was picked up by the Dixie Chicks; and one of his biggest hits, ‘The Greatest Man I Never Knew,’ recorded by Reba McEntire in 1992.
“Richard Leigh is a great friend and a good guy. Richard’s in the Hall of Fame and these other guys are too,” Montgomery said. “I just thought, man when they start singing their songs people are going to go crazy when they realize what they’ve written.”
Dennis Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 after hits that include, ‘Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,’ written for Barbara Mandrell; ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),’ a duet for Aretha Franklin and George Michael; and other 1990s hits sang by Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Faith Hill.
The third songwriter, Roger Cook, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 and is known for hits in the United States and United Kingdom, including the hit that was then used as a Coca-Cola jingle, ‘Lovers of the World Unite,’ which was then adapted into the pop song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony).’ Other hits Cook wrote include, ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,’ ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman,’ and ‘Here Comes the Rainy Day Feeling Again.’
“We’ve been trying to put this together for a few years, but it just didn’t work out,” Montgomery said. “Larry Joe (Taylor) helped me and he’s going to be there to help set-off the night and tell people about it. I like hearing the story of how a song came to be and I guarantee all these people are going to know these songs.”
The Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert series will continue next Thursday, July 21, with Asleep at the Wheel taking the stage and then hosting Michael Martin Murphy on Oct. 8 for the Sundown on the Square event.