Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Jerry Foster

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September 10, 2011 - Jerry Foster put together a phenomenal run of hits as a member of the renowned songwriting team Foster and Rice. With Foster supplying most of the lyrics and Bill Rice concentrating on melodies and arrangements, they composed radio favorites such as Charley Pride’s “The Easy Part’s Over,” Johnny Paycheck’s “Someone to Give My Love To,” Mickey Gilley’s “Here Comes the Hurt Again,” Conway Twitty’s “Ain’t She Somethin’ Else,” and Mark Chesnutt’s “I’ll Think of Something.” Foster and Rice also achieved success with Jerry Lee Lewis’s recordings of “Would You Take Another Chance on Me,” “Think About It Darlin’,” “Thirty Nine and Holding,” and others. The songwriting duo met in 1961 in Foster’ s home state of Missouri, and moved to Nashville in 1967. They received a history-making ten ASCAP awards in 1972, and broke their own record in 1974, snagging eleven more ASCAP honors. Twenty years later, Foster and Rice were elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This interview and performance is illustrated with vintage photographs, film footage, and recordings.


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