(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Guitar pioneer Les Paul will receive the prestigious Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at The Songwriters Hall of Fame 2005 Awards dinner, slated for June 9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. That same day Paul turns 90.
The Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award honors an industry veteran who is acknowledged as a pioneer in his/her craft, whose body of work over time has been substantial, enduring and influential, and whose success and contributions over a lifetime have inspired the music community. Past awardees include Patti LaBelle, Dick Clark, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Neil Diamond, Berry Gordy, Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Nat King Cole, Neil Sedaka and Quincy Jones.
Inductees at this year’s event include Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman and Bill Withers. The Abe Olman Publishers Award will be given to Beebe Bourne, president of the Music Publishers Association, and Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman/CEO of the Gibson Guitar Corp will receive the Patron of the Arts Award. Other honorees to be announced.
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame begin at $800 each and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame educational and professional programs.