Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is to be honored with the Towering Song Award at the upcoming 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, organizers said.
Paul Anka to get Mercer award

Paul Anka to get Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. entertainer Paul Anka has been chosen to receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame 2008 Awards dinner in New York.
Hall of Fame to induct Child, Menken

Hall of Fame to induct Child, Menken

NEW YORK, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Desmond Child, Albert Hammond, Loretta Lynn, Alan Menken and John Sebastian are to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York this year.

Paul Stanley backed by 'Rockstar' band

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley confirms the band from CBS's "Rock Star" will back him on his "Live to Win" solo tour.

Underwood has top single

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Carrie Underwood, who only a month ago became the fourth winner of "American Idol," now has country's top single with her "Inside Your Heaven." The Desmond Child-written song, which Underwood performed during her final week of competition on the Fox serie

Bo Bice signs with 19 Recordings/RCA

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Birmingham, Ala.-native Bo Bice, runner-up of the fourth season of Fox's "American Idol," has been signed to 19 Recordings/RCA Records.

Nominees for 55th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 55th Prime Time Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., Feb.22) Jesse Ashlock, an original member of the Texas Playboys, was born in 1915. Del Wood was born in 1920.
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Desmond Child
Punk rock singer Joan Jet (presenter) arrives for the 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame with her inductee Desmond Child (r) for ceremonies on June 19, 2008 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Desmond Child (born John Charles Barratt, October 28, 1953 in Gainsville, Miami, Florida) is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

For nearly three decades, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. His collaborations include Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Dream Theater, Cher, Rosie Johnson and Alice Cooper. "Desmond's a chameleon," Aerosmith's Steven Tyler told Rolling Stone. "The first time we met, we wrote "Angel" in about an hour and 45 minutes - and I'm not bullshitting. The guy's a fucking genius."

Desmond Child was born and raised in Gainesville, FL, where his Cuban songwriter mother taught him to play the piano at an early age. In high school, Child formed his first band. It was an acoustic collaboration with a high school friend. Child went on to attend Miami-Dade College. It was in Miami that he formed the group Desmond Child & Rouge in 1973. Soon after, he moved the group to New York City to pursue their musical dreams. "My band Desmond Child & Rouge recorded two albums for Capitol in 1979 and we had a dance hit, "Our Love Is Insane", recalls Child. "But ultimately, we were doing something very different and urban. We weren't really understood by our label."

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