George Strait congratulates songwriter Frank Dycus on his composition “Marina Del Rey” during the 19th annual SESAC Country Music Awards banquet Oct. 13, 1983 at the Hermitage Hotel ballroom. The song, as sung by Strait, was named SESAC’s Song of the Year for Dycus and co-writer Dean Dillon.
SESAC Nashville director C. Dianne Petty, right, welcomes MCA Records star George Strait, center, and his wife to the 19th annual SESAC Country Music Awards banquet Oct. 13, 1983 at the Hermitage Hotel ballroom.
Broadcast Music, Inc. will celebrate the extraordinary songwriting career of Dean Dillon by naming him a BMI Icon at the Company’s 61st annual BMI Country Awards. The invitation-only event will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville, hosted by BMI President Del Bryant, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, Jody Williams and BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, Clay Bradley. In addition to Dillon, the award ceremony will honor the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year while also saluting the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs from BMI’s country catalog.
The BMI Icon award is given to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” An all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Dillon, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others.