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Holly Knight has had a wild ride in the music business that finds her being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 13th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
The madness began when Knight met songwriter/producer Mike Chapman with her band Spider in the early '80s. Together they penned Spider’s single, “Better Be Good To Me,” which Tina Turner iconically recorded six months later for her 1984 album Private Dancer.
Knight’s success continued when she wrote the chart-topping, “Love Is A Battlefield” and “Invincible” for Pat Benatar, “The Warrior” for Patty Smyth, “Change” for John Waite, “Baby Me” for Chaka Khan, “Never” for Heart and “Pleasure And Pain” for Divinyls.
In total, Knight has written nine songs for Turner, including “The Best” and “Wildest Dreams,” both signature songs for the legend. She also wrote “Love Touch” for Rod Stewart, “Obsession” for Animotion, “Hide Your Heart” for KISS, “Rag Doll” with Aerosmith, “Space” for Cheap Trick and the list continues.
Her songs have appeared in movies as varied as Thelma and Louise, Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome, Stewart Little, and Hot Tub Fantasy; and on TV shows American Idol, The Voice, 30 Rock, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Angel, and South Park.
Knight’s songwriting has earned her numerous awards including three Grammys and thirteen ASCAP songwriter awards.
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