Carole King is one of the most significant and talented singer/songwriters in the modern era. King, along with songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 2004 for having written such prolific hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion," "Chains," and "I'm Into Something Good." In 1971 King released Tapestry, which included the songs "I Feel The Earth Move," "It's Too Late," and "You've Got A Friend." The album garnered four GRAMMY Awards including Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame((R) )in 1998. In 2010, King joined friend and fellow singer/songwriter James Taylor during the successful "Troubadour Reunion" tour. In 2012, she released her New York Times best-selling autobiography A Natural Woman.
Throughout her seven-decade career, Patti Page has recorded a number of hits, including "(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window" and "I Went To Your Wedding." Her unique and smooth vocal style seamlessly blended country and pop music. Page's version of "Tennessee Waltz" was a best-selling single, and landed her concurrently on the top of the pop, country, and R&B charts. Her Live At Carnegie Hall -- The 50th Anniversary Concert album garnered her a GRAMMY in 1998 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. In 2009, Page published This Is My Song: A Memoir.
As one of the world's most renowned sitar players, three-time GRAMMY winner Ravi Shankar* is a true ambassador for international music. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he is considered a pioneer in bringing Indian music to the West. With a performance career spanning more than 80 years, he has influenced a variety of musicians, including the Beatles, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and his daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. A humanitarian and philanthropist, in 1971 Shankar, along with George Harrison, organized the Concert for Bangladesh, which paved the way for many other fundraising charity concerts.
Recognized for their slick choreography, distinct harmonies and flashy attire, the Temptations are one of the most influential R&B acts in music. A Motown staple, the Temptations pioneered their sound by focusing on songs that reflected social change, politics, love and a strong connection to their audience. In 1968, the group earned a GRAMMY Award for their performance of the hit "Cloud Nine." Additionally; their hits "My Girl" and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, with the latter recording garnering two GRAMMYs in 1972.
About the Trustees Award Honorees:Songwriters Marilyn & Alan Bergman are two of the world's most distinguished lyricists. Among their songs are such pop culture signatures as "Nice 'N' Easy," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "The Windmills Of Your Mind," GRAMMY Song Of The Year winner "The Way We Were," and the themes for TV shows such as "Maude" and "Good Times," among others. They have collaborated with many renowned composers, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, John Williams, and Quincy Jones. The pair has won three Academy Awards((R)) and two GRAMMY Awards and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980, among other honors. The Bergmans have also been active within the music industry and supported charitable organizations. Marilyn served as president and chair of ASCAP for 15 years and in 2002, she was appointed the first chair of the Library of Congress' National Sound Recording Preservation Board. Alan serves as a board member for the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the Artists' Rights Foundation.
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