Shirley Eikhard, the singer-songwriter who has provided songs for Cher, Emmylou Harris, Anne Murray, Chet Atkins and is known to have penned Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 Grammy-winning hit Something To Talk About, passed away at the age of 67.
Ikhard died Thursday at Headwaters Wellness Center in Orangeville, Ontario, of complications from cancer, journalist Eric Alper said.
The blues-rock hit Something To Talk About was written in 1985 and Eikhard recommended it to Murray and other artists, who all refused to record it.
Then years later, Raitt left a message on Eikhard’s phone saying she had just recorded it.
I will forever be grateful for our beautiful connection and friendshipBonnie Raitt
Raitt later said she discovered the song in the demo Eikhard sent and adored it.
The song was the first single from Raitt’s 1991 album Luck Of The Draw and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number five.
It earned Raitt the award for Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 1992 Grammy Awards and was also nominated in the Record of the Year category.
On Grammy night, Raitt made sure to thank Eikhard and she took to Twitter following Eikhard’s death to say she was “deeply saddened”, writing: “I will be forever grateful for the bond and love our beautiful friend.”
Eikhard won Juno Awards in 1973 and 1974 for best female country artist, and she has won several BMI Awards.
She was inducted into the Canadian Musicians Hall of Fame in October 2020.
Her most recent album is 2021’s On My Way To You.
During his career, Eikhard released 18 full-length albums between 1972 and 2021 and taught himself to play guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, chromatic harmonica, sax, banjo and mandolin.
At the age of 15, Eikhard’s song It Takes Time was recorded by country singer Murray in 1971, and later became a hit in her native Canada.
Eikhard released his self-titled debut album the following year, 1972.
The title track for Atkins’ 41st studio album, Pickin’ My Way, was one of Eikhard’s earliest successes.
She also co-wrote the crazy dance track Lovers Forever with Cher for the 1994 film Interview With The Vampire, but it didn’t make the final soundtrack cut.
They collaborated again on Born With The Hunger, from Cher’s 2000 album, Not.com.mercial.
Eikhard sang the theme song for Stanley Kramer’s 1976 film The Domino Principle starring Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen, as well as the theme song for 2000’s The Passion Of Ayn Rand.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/something-to-talk-about-songwriter-shirley-eikhard-dies-aged-67-42227000.html Something To Talk About musician Shirley Eikhard dies aged 67