The late Bert Berns, who wrote classic songs that became hits for The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The McCoys and others, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year in conjunction with receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. Berns was a prolific songwriter and sought-after producer during the 1960s, but was only 38 when he died of a heart attack in December 1967.
Among the well-known tunes Berns wrote or co-wrote were “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby” and “Hang On Sloopy.” His other songwriting credits include “Here Comes the Night,” the first U.S. top 40 hit for Van Morrison‘s old band Them, and “I Want Candy,” which was a successful single for The Strangeloves in 1965 and Bow Wow Wow in 1982.
As a producer, Bert was responsible for The Isley Brothers‘ version of “Twist and Shout,” The Drifters‘ “Under the Boardwalk,” Them’s “Here Comes the Night” and “Baby Please Don’t Go,” Erma Franklin‘s rendition of “Piece of My Heart,” and Morrison’s classic “Brown Eyed Girl.” In addition, Berns co-founded the Bang Records label, whose stable of artists included Morrison, The McCoys and Neil Diamond.
A biography about Berns called Here Comes the Night was published in 2014, and a documentary focusing on Bert called BANG! The Bert Berns Story will get its premiere later this year. The film will include appearances by Paul McCartney, Morrison, Ronald Isley and the late Solomon Burke and Ben E. King.
Tickets for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will go on sale to the general public on February 5 at 9 a.m. ET. Pre-sale tickets will be available to Citi Card members starting this Monday, February 1, at 10 a.m. ET via CitiPrivatePass.com.
The ceremony, which also will feature the induction of Chicago, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and rap group N.W.A., will take place April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Source: Classic Rock News