Don Schlitz Brings the Crowd to Its Feet
It's no surprise that a man being honored for his skills as a wordsmith delivered an acceptance speech bursting with quick wit and dripping with sage, warm-hearted honesty. But the best moment of said speech wasn’t when Schlitz opened it with a killer one-liner – "They didn’t leave out the L," he said upon seeing his Hall of Fame plaque. It came when he asked for everyone in the room who's ever written a song for him to stand, then asked anyone who's performed one of his songs to stand, followed by the same request to industry folks, musicians, DJs, producers, etc., who represented or worked on those songs, until ultimately asking all songwriters in the room and their advocates to stand. Naturally, the entire room was on its feet.