It was announced today that Steve Miller will become one of the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 51st Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 11th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Other musical legends to be inducted include: Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox / Dave Stewart p/k/a Eurythmics, Ernie Isley / Marvin Isley / O’Kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley / Chris Jasper p/k/a The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, Chad Hugo / Pharrell Williams p/k/a The Neptunes, Rick Nowels and William “Mickey” Stevenson.
CBS This Morning invited Miller on the show as a surprise guest earlier today to perform some of his classic songs and discuss what this event means to him.
“I want to thank Nile Rodgers and Linda Moran, the board, and all the members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame who voted for me and express my appreciation for the music education programs they run. The SHOF provides songwriting and music programs at NYU and USC as well as providing individual scholarships. Writing songs and playing music has been a wonderful life for me and to be inducted into a hall where Merle Haggard, Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Paul McCartney are in the room is an unexpected honor and I’m delighted and grateful.,” says MIller.
WATCH STEVE MILLER ON CBS THIS MORNING
Steve Miller has been an enlivening presence on the American music scene for more than half a century. Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was smart, polished, exciting and irresistible – and that dominates radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Living in the USA” and “Abracadabra” among them. Running through Miller’s distinctive catalog is a combination of virtuosity and song craft. In the course of his long, full career, Miller has sold tens of millions of records and with each listen the beauty and immediacy of his work, whether at its most playful or most serious, is palpable. Steve Miller Band will be announcing news of his 40-city tour of the USA starting in June. Full details coming soon.