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James Taylor, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock to appear at songwriters gala   Print


CBC Arts
January 10, 2007

TORONTO (CP) - Singer-songwriter James Taylor, funk legend Chaka Kahn and jazz innovator Herbie Hancock are among the music stars who will pay tribute to folk icon Joni Mitchell when she is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this month.

Mitchell will also be honoured for writing five of the 25 songs that will enter the Hall of Fame at a gala Jan. 28 in Toronto.

Taylor will sing Mitchell's song "Woodstock," Kahn will perform "Help Me," and soprano Measha Brueggergosman will put her spin on "Both Sides Now."

Hancock, said to be a good friend of Mitchell's, will induct the songstress into the hall of fame.

Others artists to be honoured are country pioneer Wilf Carter, Broadway lyricist Raymond Egan and Montreal chanteur Jean-Pierre Ferland.

The gala will be broadcast on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two on Jan. 29 and on CBC-TV on March 5.

Jazz singer Michael Buble, country star Corb Lund, Quebec pop star Isabelle Boulay and French singer Patrick Bruel will also perform.

"We have some of the biggest names in the business coming to honour Canadian songwriters this year," said Jody Scotchmer, the hall of fame's executive director.

"This is a true testament to the impact our songwriters have made around the world."

Other Canadian-penned classics to be recognized include "Spinning Wheel" by David Clayton-Thomas and "How About You" by Ralph Freed and Burton Lane.

 

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