Nov. 9 Hall of Fame show at Pensacola Museum of Commerce
Proceeds fund UWF scholarship in memory of native son Larry Butler
Another FBISF highlight will be the Nov. 9 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Show on Nov. 9 at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50.
The show is a tribute to and in memory of Grammy award winning songwriter and producer Larry Butler, a Pensacola native. Proceeds benefitting the Larry Butler Memorial Music Scholarship. Featured will be Hall of Fame Inductees Tony Arata, Thom Schuyler and Pat Alger. Hit songwriters Jon Nite, Josh Osbourne and Jimmy Robbins will also perform.
As successful as his career in Nashville became, Butler’s love for his hometown was evident in the ways he gave back, including the benefit concert he produced to raise money to rebuild following Hurricane Ivan.
Butler produced music for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers and is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. He also won a Grammy in 1976 for “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” a tune he co-wrote with B.J. Thomas.
Butler died in his sleep at the Perdido Bay Country Club home he shared with wife Peggy Butler in January of 2012. He was 69 years old.
Before passing, he wrote a book entitled “Just For the Record.” It contains Butler’s humorous anecdotes from the music industry and a plethora of advice for those aspiring to succeed in the business and life. Kenny Rogers, who lists Butler as his producer on six albums, wrote the forward.
Butler began his career at the age of six with the Pensacola based Harry James Orchestra. He hosted his own radio show in before he was old enough to drive. The Pensacola High grad first found success in Nashville as a session player, and his keyboard riffs are all over hits by Roger Miller, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Bobby Goldsboro, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and Lynn Anderson.