JD Souther, one of the principal architects of the Southern California sound, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13, 2013 in New York City. Over 160 million albums have been sold featuring his songs, including six of the Eagles’ platinum selling albums.
“I get to be in the Club that Johnny Mercer founded, says Souther. “A small and very exclusive one at that, and it is the absolute greatest honor for a songwriter.”
Here’s a list of songs written or co-written by JD and the artists who recorded them:
“You’re Only Lonely” (JD Souther, Raul Malo)
“Heartache Tonight” (Eagles, Tom Jones, Conway Twitty, Michael Buble)
“Best of My Love” (Eagles, Rod Stewart, Tanya Tucker, Phoebe Snow)
“New Kid in Town” (Eagles)
“Victim of Love” (Eagles)
“The Sad Café” (Eagles)
“Hearts Against the Wind” (Linda Roundstadt with JD Souther, Diamond Rio)
“Her Town Too” (James Taylor & JD Souther)
“How Long” (JD Souther, Eagles)
“Faithless Love” (Linda Rondstadt, Crystal Gayle)
“Prisoner in Disguise” (Linda Rondstadt with JD Souther)
“White Rhythm and Blues” (Linda Rondstadt)
“If Anyone Had a Heart” (John Waite, Crosby Stills & Nash)
“Trouble Waiting to Happen” (Warren Zevon)
“Heart of the Matter” (Don Henley, India.Arie)
“Last in Love” (George Strait)
“We’ll Take the Night” (Roy Orbison)
“The Great Divide” (Joe Cocker)
“I’ll Take Care of You” (Dixie Chicks)
JD guest-stars on the hit ABC show Nashville as Watty White, a mentor and producer modeled somewhat on Harlan Howard, Cowboy Jack Clement and JD’s longtime friend T-Bone Burnett (also the show’s musical producer). The season finale will air May 22nd.
In 1984, Souther followed the chart-topping successes of "You're Only Lonely" and the James Taylor duet "Her Town Too" with ‘Home by Dawn’, an album that Rolling Stone and Time Magazine declared his best.
Following a leave of absence in 1985 to build his dream house, travel and spend time with his family and dogs. Souther marked his return to songwriting with three critically acclaimed albums... If the World Was You (Slow Curve Records), Rain: Live at the Belcourt (Slow Curve Records), and Natural History (eOne).
In 2009, he was presented with the Golden Note Award at the 47th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards.
Souther’s most recent album Midnight in Tokyo (eONe Music) is a live collection of his music alongside Ellington and Ray Henderson; an album he describes as “rough and smooth and wonderful; saloon music in the night.”
Souther, whose father was a big-band vocalist and his grandmother an opera singer, spent his early years as a jazz drummer. “I knew who Gershwin and Berlin and Jerome Kern and all those people were long before I knew anything about rock ’n’ roll.