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Jack Tempchin headed to Songwriters Hall of Fame, Class of 2019

He will be joining fellow inductees Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Tom T. Hall, Dallas Austin, John Prine, and Missy Elliott, who is the first female hip-hop artist that will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tempchin is known for writing such Eagles classics as “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” as well as co-penning “Already Gone,” “The Girl From Yesterday,” “It’s Your World Now” and “Somebody.”

Clive Davis signed Tempchin to Arista Records in 1976. His song “Slow Dancing (Swayin’ To the Music)” was recorded by classic rocker Johnny Rivers, and it subsequently became a Top 10 hit in 1977. Country musician Johnny Duncan also brought that song to the Top 10 on the country charts.

When the Eagles took a 14-year hiatus in 1980, Tempchin went on to co-write a dozen radio hits for Glenn Frey’s solo music career. His musical work has been featured in such film and television soundtracks as Thelma & Louise and Miami Vice respectively.

Throughout his respected career in the music industry, Tempchin’s songs have been recorded by such diverse musical acts as country artists George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Sammy Kershaw, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, as well as Olivia Newton-John, as well as rockers Jackson Browne, Tom Waits Linda Ronstadt, John Fogerty, and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, among many others..

To learn more about Jack Tempchin and his music, check out his official website.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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