Souther regaled the crowd with many of his memorable songs, including “New Kid in Town” and “Heartache Tonight” made famous by the Eagles.
Souther was born in Detroit but spent his formative years in Amarillo. A graduate of Tascosa High School, he attended AC in 1965-66. He arrived in Los Angeles in the late 1960’s to become one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation. He wrote ten classic hits for Linda Ronstadt and collaborated on songs with headliners like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett and Roy Orbison. He is also an accomplished musical performer and actor, having released several solo albums and has appeared in such television shows as Thirtysomething and Nashville. Souther was inducted in 2013 into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Souther joins a noteworthy group of past recipients of the AC Distinguished Alumni Award, a roster that includes, among others, such luminaries as Ben Sargent, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, G. William Miller, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Mary Lou Robinson, a federal judge who in 1973 became the first female appellate judge in Texas.