#150 – Steve Dorff The Key to Having a Hit is That Marriage Between the Right Artist and the Right Song

Honored as a 2018 Inductee to the prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in NYC, 3 time Grammy and 6 time Emmy nominated Steve Dorff has written songs sung by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Anne Murray, George Strait, Garth Brooks, and countless others, while also establishing himself as a gifted film and television composer. He’s tallied over 40 BMI awards with hits like Kenny Rogers’ “Through the Years,” Anne Murray’s “I Just Fall in Love Again” (Billboard’s top country hit of 1979), George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart,” Lee Greenwood’s “Don’t Underestimate My Love for You,” and Eddie Rabbitt’s “Every Which Way But Loose”—the title track from Clint Eastwood’s 1978 film. His songs have charted in 5 successive decades, with #1 records across 4 decades.

Dorff has also composed TV music for Spenser: For Hire, Murphy Brown, The Singing Bee, Just the 10 of Us,

Growing Pains, Murder She Wrote, Columbo and Reba; his other film contributions include songs and scores for Bronco Billy, Rocky IV, Pure Country, Tin Cup, and Honky Tonk Man.

Key songs in the Dorff catalog include: * Through The Years * I Just Fall In Love Again * Heartland * Every Which Way But Loose * Hypnotize The Moon * I Cross My Heart, and countless others recorded by over 250 Artists from all genres of music.

His many TV and cable movie credits include the Emmy nominated CBS mini-series “Elvis”, the Hallmark Hall of Fame “Rose Hill”, the animated Christmas classic “Annabelle’s Wish”, “Babe Ruth”, “The Quick and The Dead”, “Moonshine Highway” and “The Defiant Ones”. Dorff’s many movie songs and scores have been featured in “Bronco Billy”, “Blast From The Past”, “Rocky IV”, “Pure Country”, “Tin Cup”, “Michael”, “Dudley Do-Right”, “Dancer, Texas”, “The Last Boy Scout”, “Curly Sue” and “Honky Tonk Man”.

Perhaps Dorff’s most ambitious move to date has been a giant leap into his first love, musical theater. He currently has two projects making their way to the stage: “Josephine” (The Josephine Baker Story) and “Pure Country” (The Musical)

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The music provided for this episode is from:

Artist: Steve Dorff
Single: I Just Fall In Love Agai
Album: You Set My Dreams To Music
Composer: Steve Dorff, Larry Herbstritt, Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd
Website: www.stevedorff.com
Artist: Steve Dorff
Single: Through The Years
Album: You Set My Dreams To Music
Composer: Steve Dorff, Marty Panzer
Website: www.stevedorff.com
Artist: Steve Dorff
Single: Heartland
Album: You Set My Dreams To Music
Composer: Steve Dorff, John Bettis
Website: www.stevedorff.com