Last night the music industry and all the songwriters who wrote hits for George Strait gathered together to share a “Special Evening with George Strait.” This event was by invitation only that the songwriters themselves were invited to just one week ago when the invitation came in the mail (the old fashioned way) last week.
From all accounts, this was a night to remember with so many touching moments that truly honored this man of such high integrity and talent. Many of the hit songwriters are posting thoughts on their Facebook pages regarding last night’s Gala. This is what two of them that I know personally had to say.
From the charming, witty, handsome and phenomenal Hit Singer/Songwriter Anthony Smith:
“Last night all the Songwriters, The staff at MCA records, management, publishers, and the musicians who played with him live or on his records got to hang-out with George Strait. It was a Celebration of George and those involved in his career of 60 # 1 songs ((more than ANY OTHER artist in history)) I'm proud to have written a few of those hits and I was honored to be there and to get to chat about music with a living legend. Lindsay & I really had a blast!
Thank you George Strait!”
From the fantastic, beautiful, humorous and gracious Hit Songwriter Pam Belford:
“I had the privilege this evening of going to an amazing party held in honor of George Strait's incomparable career, 60 freaking #1 songs. 64 MILLION Albums sold. It really does seem like just yesterday when I first became aware of him. It was 1981 and I'd gone after work one Saturday afternoon to TPAC (which was still new) to watch a live Radio Luxembourg broadcast, which wasn't even full, as I recall. All of a sudden, this young cowboy in a white suit and hat came bounding across the stage with a mic and I thought, this guy's gonna go somewhere. Little did I know?
I was verklempt several times tonight. Felt really nostalgic and a little ancient. So many highlights of the evening, so good to see faces I haven't seen in a long time. But I think the one that made the biggest impression was when he called up a group of children from Eakin Elementary, in their little white shirts to sing a song with him that he'd written with Dean Dillon (of course...) and his son, Bubba, in memory of the Newtown victims, called "I believe." They were so precious and it was so stirring. My eyes are welling up again right now just thinking about it.
It sounds like it was such a special night indeed. I hope it was filmed so we can all share in it sometime down the line.