NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Songwriters Hall of Fame is saluting 1970s and ’80s rock ’n’ roll with its 2013 induction class.
Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner will join the Hall of Fame this year along with the writers of iconic rock hits “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Heartache Tonight.” The ceremony will be June 13 in New York.
Although Aerosmith and Foreigner will get the most attention, inductees Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch also have distinguished careers.
Knight wrote anthemic hits “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Invincible” for Pat Benatar and “The Warrior” for Patty Smyth. She also wrote several songs for Tina Turner including “The Best” and “Better Be Good to Me” that became standards.
Souther, who has a role on the music-inspired television show “Nashville,” had a partnership with the Eagles that spawned several hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Victim of Love,” “New Kid in Town” and “Best of My Love.”
Hatch made his mark during the British invasion, teaming with Petula Clark on pop-music hits like “Downtown” and “My Love.”
Perry and Tyler, who have become one of rock’s most successful songwriting teams over the last 40 years, are known for hits like “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On” and “Livin’ on the Edge.”
Jones and Gramm are contemporaries of Perry and Tyler who could lay down a straight-up rocker like “Jukebox Hero” or “Feels Like the First Time” but could slow it down with hits like “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and “Cold as Ice.”