Digest: Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint to Join Songwriters Hall of Fame; Pulp Set to Perform at Exit Festival

Also: Daft Punk teams up with Coca-Cola for 'Club Coke'; Ozzy Osbourne is the ambassador for Record Store Day 2011

February 23, 2011 11:35 AM ET
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Garth Brooks
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Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Garth Brooks, Allen Toussaint
Garth Brooks, Allen Toussaint, Leon Russell, John Bettis, Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly are set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization's 42nd Annual Induction Awards Dinner will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on June 16th. [Billboard]

Pulp Confirmed For EXIT Music Festival
Recently reunited Britpop legends Pulp have been announced as the headliner of the EXIT Festival is Serbia. The event will also feature performances by Arcade Fire, Portishead and Underworld. This is just the latest festival to feature Pulp in 2011 -- the group have also been booked to headline the T in the Park, Wireless, and Melt! festivals. [Press release]

Daft Punk Teams Up With Coca-Cola
Daft Punk have collaborated with Coca-Cola on a limited run of "Club Coke" in bottles meant to evoke the duo's shiny robot helmets. The soda will be sold at clubs in March and will be available as a box set for collectors. [Hype Beast]

Ozzy Osbourne Named Record Store Day 2011 Ambassador
Ozzy Osbourne has been announced as the "ambassador" for Record Store Day 2011, which will take place April 16th. The singer will help promote the retail event with a set of vinyl reissues, including expanded editions of his Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums. [Billboard]

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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