Legendary country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall will receive BMI’s prestigious Icon Award at a private ceremony in Nashville on Oct. 30 as part of their 60th Annual Country Awards.

According to Music Row, BMI gives the Icon Award to songwriters  who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Hall’s vividly-drawn story songs carved out a distinctive niche in the country market, earning him the nickname ‘the Storyteller.’ He scored seven self-penned No. 1 singles, including such all-time classic as ‘The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,’ ‘(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine,’ ‘I Love’ and ‘Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet).’

The Grammy-winning Country Music Hall of Famer has also written hits for other artists, including Jeannie C. Riley’s ‘Harper Valley PTA,’ ‘That’s How I Got to Memphis’ for Bobby Bare, and the Alan Jackson smash ‘Little Bitty.’ He’s won a total of 31 BMI awards, and six of his songs have accumulated more than one million performance plays each.

A native of Kentucky, Hall has also had success in the Americana and bluegrass fields. In collaboration with his wife of 45 years, Miss Dixie — whom he met at the 1965 BMI Country Awards — the pair took home the SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year honors for ten consecutive years.

Hall will receive his honor on Oct. 30 at a private ceremony at BMI’s Music Row offices.

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