By Judy Kurtz
ITK hears Wicker gave quite a humorous and long-winded intro to “Midnight Train to Georgia” writer Jim Weatherly. Wicker recalled how growing up he once played touch football with Weatherly, who was a quarterback at the University of Mississippi.
The musical guru revealed that the 1973 hit by Gladys Knight and the Pips was originally going to be titled “Midnight Plane to Houston,” based on a phone conversation he had with someone about jetting off to the Lone Star State. A record producer ultimately pushed that the lyrics be changed to the now-classic title.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) — who has penned several tunes over the years — introduced “Cry Me a River” songwriter Arthur Hamilton at the festivities.
House members who participated included: Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mel Watt (D-N.C.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were also eyed at the music-infused event.
Photo: (from left) ASCAP Board Chairman Paul Williams, Sen. Roger Wicker, Sen. Tim Kaine/Courtesy: The ASCAP Foundation