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Fri, 13 June 2014

7th Annual The Songs of Our Lives Benefit Concert LA

Filed under: Fundraising, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 10:26 am

Grammy and EMMY winning composer, Charles Fox, and the Fulfillment Fund is proud to announce that Freda Payne as well as Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence (Formerly of The Supremes) have been added to the program, which currently includes David Crosby, on June 7th for “The Songs Of Our Lives.”As previously reported, Charles Fox and Friends Present the 7th annual “The Songs Of Our Lives” Concert to Benefit the Fulfillment Fund In a Tribute to Two Legendary Songwriters: LAMONT DOZIER & DAVID CROSBYSOOLWHO/WHAT: The Fulfillment Fund is proud to announce the 7th Annual “The Songs of Our Lives” concert, which will pay special tribute to the songs of internationally acclaimed Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter Lamont Dozier and the legendary Songwriter’s Hall of Famer, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, singer-songwriter, David Crosby. “

The Fulfillment Fund: Serving the Los Angeles community for 37 years, the Fulfillment Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. For more information, please visit www.fulfillment.org.

The Songs of Our Lives” is a benefit concert showcasing award-winning songwriters performing the hit songs they have written over the course of their career. The Songs of Our Lives provides a unique opportunity to experience these pieces as the songwriter envisioned them. The intimate setting of this event gives guests the chance to be up close and personal with these artists. Award-winning songwriter Charles Fox, a longtime Fulfillment Fund board member along with his wife Joan Fox, created “The Songs of Our Lives” as an opportunity to combine entertainment and philanthropy in a meaningful way to support the Fulfillment Fund’s important work in the community. Songwriters who have participated in The Songs of Our Lives include Academy and Grammy Award winning songwriters such as Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Hal David, Mac Davis, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster, Steve Karmen, Jerry Leiber, Kenny Loggins, Barry Mann, Alan Rich, Mike Stoller, Cynthia Weil, Paul Williams, Bill Withers, and many others.

WHERE: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl. Beverly Hills, CA
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:00 PM Concert
TICKETS: Levels: Benefactor – $5,000 / Sponsor – $2,500 / Premium – $500 /
Individual – $300 / Balcony – $150

Lamont Dozier: The legendary, Grammy-award winning music master and one third of the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland. He has indelibly impacted pop music for five decades. Dozier is one of BMI’s most honored songwriters with over fifty-four #1 hits for such legendary artists as the Supremes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many others. As part of the legendary songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont penned such legendary songs as “Baby I Need Your Loving” (9 million performances), “Baby Love” 4 million performances), “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You),” “I Hear a Symphony.” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

After signing to Berry Gordy’s hometown Motown label, the Sound of Young America, in 1962 as a triple threat, Artist, Producer and Songwriter. An inductee to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and, the 2009 recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame’s most coveted award, The Johnny Mercer Award for lifetime achievement, Dozier continues to push the envelope. Lamont Dozier continues to work with the best of the latest generation of artists, including Kanye West, Joss Stone, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, members of the Black-Eyed Peas, Solange Knowles and popular Grammy Award winning producer, Mark Ronson. One of Lamont’s proudest accomplishments is having been awarded the 2007 Thornton Legacy Award through the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. USC/Thornton also created a Lamont Dozier Scholarship in perpetuity for their students. Lamont is presently serving as an Artist In Residence Professor at USC/Thornton where is he actively involved in the new Popular Music Major, which is the first program of its kind in the country.

David Crosby: The Iconic singer-songwriter and social justice activist is a two time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the folk-rock band The Byrds – with whom he first rose to stardom – and the Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby began his career as a folksinger, playing clubs and coffeehouses nationwide. Back in L.A. in ’63, Crosby formed The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, winning widespread recognition for his songwriting and charismatic presence. Driven by hits including “Eight Miles High,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” and a cover of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds’ signature electric folk-rock influenced countless musicians to come. Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 to embark on a lifelong collaboration with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Renowned for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) have been called “the voice of a generation,” and were GRAMMY-honored in 1969 as Best New Artist. The trio’s self-titled debut album introduced classics including the Crosby-penned tracks “Guinnevere” and “Wooden Ships”-today, it is included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Crosby continues to tour and record with CSN, as well as with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and as a duo with Graham Nash. As a solo artist, Crosby debuted with the 1971 masterpiece If Only I Could Remember My Name, recently reissued as a two-disc set featuring a 5.1 mix, video footage, and other bonuses. David Crosby also performs and records with CPR, the jazz-flavored trio he formed in 1995 with his son James Raymond and Jeff Pevar. Crosby is also the author of three books including Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, which underscores his commitment to social activism, and belief that artists and musicians are potent agents for change. Crosby’s two autobiographical volumes are Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It.

The summer of 2014 marks several 50th anniversaries connected with the evening: in 1964 the writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland had an incredible run with three number one hits (“Where Did our Love Go”, “Baby Love,” and “Come See about Me”), the band the Byrds was formed with the nucleus of Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby, (the Byrds would become universally recognized as one of the most influential bands of the 60′s); and especially important to the Fulfillment Fund and its students, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

Event creator, Charles Fox, Fox is a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Inductee and has composed the music for over 100 motion pictures and television films. For television he wrote the theme songs and scores for such iconic TV series, such as “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Wonder Woman,” “Love Boat,” and “Love, American Style” (for which he won 2 Emmy Awards for best song and best score).

His hit songs include the Grammy Award winning song, “Killing me Softly With His Song” that earned him the Grammy Award for best song as performed by Roberta Flack. That record also won the Grammy Award for Best Record of the Year and 20 years later the song became a worldwide hit again with the Fugees recording of it. His songs written in collaboration with Paul Williams, Norman Gimbel, Hal David, Bob Crewe, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Sammy Cahn, Carly Simon and other great lyricists have been recorded by such diverse artists as Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, The Fugees, Roberta Flack, Jim Croce, Barry Manilow, Goldie Hawn, Luther Vandross, The Boston Pops, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Carly Simon and Tito Puente and hundreds of others around the world. Charles has also composed ballets for The San Francisco Ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Smuin Ballet, and the oratorio, “Lament And Prayer,” based on the words of Pope John Paul II. He conducted the premiere performance at the Warsaw Opera House with the Poland National Opera Company in August 2009. Subsequently, he was commissioned by the Polish government to compose a new work honoring the 200th birthday of Chopin.

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