NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From Stevie Nicks to Bob Seger to Gordon Lightfoot, legendary musicians gathered on Thursday night at the Marriott Marquis for a very special event.
It was a night of nostalgia and some interesting pairings.
The rock n’ roll royalty appeared together in New York City for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It’s an honor reserved for the most prolific wordsmiths of the music world.
Seger, an inductee who called songwriting the hardest but most rewarding part of his job, took the stage to perform “Turn the Page,” one of his most iconic efforts.
Also up on the stage was Kenny Rogers, who paid homage to Don Schlitz, the man behind the country crooner’s chart-topping mega-hit, “The Gambler.”
Schlitz, a country-music mainstay, has written 24 No. 1 country songs.
Meatloaf performed “Bat Out of Hell” — the title track off his breakthrough album — just before introducing his best friend, Jim Steinman.
Steinman penned every song on the immensely popular 1977 record, which has sold more than 70 million copies.
Sticking with the nostalgic theme of the evening, Hall of Fame inductee Lightfoot sang one of his most popular songs. And Nicks belted out her rendition of “The Rose,” first made famous more than 30 years ago by Bette Midler, who received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1969.
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