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Poets and Prophets:
Salute to Songwriter Jackie DeShannon

Saturday April 6

Click Here for Event Details at Country Music Hall of Fame website
California-based singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon makes a rare Nashville appearance to discuss her pioneering songwriting career and her country music roots. DeShannon was born in tiny Hazel, Kentucky, and was a country radio performer in Kentucky and Illinois as a child. In her teens, she began a long recording career that would embrace country, rockabilly, folk, pop, gospel, and R&B. “Buddy,” a Buddy Holly tribute DeShannon wrote and then recorded in Nashville in 1958, was a regional rockabilly hit. DeShannon moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and debuted on the national charts with her cover of the Bob Wills country standard “Faded Love” in 1963. She scored her first major pop hit in 1965 with a soulful rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”
One of the first singer-songwriters of the rock & roll era, DeShannon was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame for penning hits for herself and others. She provided six chart singles for Brenda Lee alone, including 1961’s “Dum Dum.” “When You Walk in the Room” was a huge success for the Searchers during the 1960s British Invasion, and decades later Pam Tillis’s version reached the Top Five of the country charts. In 1969, DeShannon wrote and recorded the anthem “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” “Bette Davis Eyes,” a hit for Kim Carnes, won DeShannon the 1982 Grammy for Song of the Year. DeShannon’s other credits include “Breakaway” (Irma Thomas), “Come and Stay with Me” (Marianne Faithfull), and “(He’s) The Great Imposter” (the Fleetwoods). Her songs have also been performed by the Byrds, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Green, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, and dozens of other artists.
The program will include video clips of DeShannon performing with Country Music Hall of Fame members Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, the Everly Brothers, and Willie Nelson. DeShannon will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters following the program. Presented in partnership with Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. CMA Theater. Included with Museum admission. Program ticket required. Free to Museum members.

Jackie DeShannon

Puts A Little Love Into USC’s SHOF

Master Session

Jackie DeShannon 
was the latest Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee to be interviewed at USC’s Thornton School of Music by Chris Sampson, the Founder of the Contemporary Music Program, on Friday October 25th to the delight of students who honored Jackie with inspirational questions and a glowing tribute to her catalog of hits.

read the full article at songhall.org


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"When You Walk In The Room


Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon is best-known as the soulful voice behind two enduring 1960s anthems: Bacharach-David’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love” and her own “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.” A pioneering female musician, Jackie has recorded a diverse range of genres: rock, folk, R&B, country, gospel and jazz.

Her songs have been performed/recorded by Kim Carnes, Bruce Springsteen, The Temptations, Al Green & Annie Lennox, Taylor Swift, Ry Cooder, The Searchers, The Fleetwoods, The Ronettes, The Byrds, Dolly Parton, Cher, The Carpenters, Rick Nelson, Van Morrison, The Righteous Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Brenda Lee, Mahalia Jackson, Irma Thomas, Marianne Faithfull, The Searchers, Michael McDonald, Pam Tillis, and dozens more.

Born in Kentucky, Jackie started her career on live radio while in her teens.  Her earliest recordings were rooted in rockabilly, such as her Buddy Holly tribute, "Buddy." Jackie wrote dozens of songs with Sharon Sheeley ("Dum Dum," "The Great Imposter," "Breakaway").  She has collaborated with some of the industry’s best songwriters including Randy Newman, Jack Nitzsche, Van Morrison, John Bettis and Jimmy Page.

1964 opening act for The Beatles on their first American tour 
1965 recorded "Put A Little Love In Your Heart," which she co-wrote with Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday
1968 released her groundbreaking LP "Laurel Canyon,"  one of the first albums written, conceptualized, and co-produced by a woman
1982 Grammy Winner for Song Of The Year - "Bette Davis Eyes," co-written with Donna Weiss
2004 reissue album “Jackie” selected by Rolling Stone magazine as one of 2004’s top ten reissue albums
2008 Jackie’s Grammy-nominated version of Bacharach/David's “What The World Needs Now Is Love” inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame
2013 recipient of Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Governor's Award
2010 inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
2018 inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame




      "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"

      "What The World Needs Now Is Love"


      "When You Walk In The Room"

       "Holly Would"