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I’m not going to write much about this, but this is just great news – I’m happy to see Roger getting the respect he truly deserves for all the wonderful music he has given us over the years – and that is reaching a new generation, not only mine (as I’m a younger fan) but also the generation of my younger cousins (not older than 10 years) who love Roger’s music as well. That proves his music is timeless, and reaches many souls. This award is truly well-deserved. Congratulations!

New York, NY—Singer/Songwriter and co-founder of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson, will be honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers April 9 at the 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Hodgson is ultimately responsible for the hip hop smash “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America” performed by the Gym Class Heroes. That classic hook line “Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got” has been stuck in people’s heads since 1979 when Supertramp’s Breakfast In America had a stranglehold on the Billboard #1 Album slot and sold a staggering 18 million copies.

The legendary songwriter would never have dreamt that a song he wrote in his teens when he was barely old enough to vote would span a different genre and become a smash hit again three decades later, a feat seldom replicated.

This is not the first time he has received this award. His classic anthem “Give A Little Bit” was one of the most performed songs in the ASCAP repertoire in 2005 when it was covered by the Goo Goo Dolls, helping to return them to the limelight. Hodgson is also responsible for such rock classics as “The Logical Song,” “Take The Long Way Home,” “Dreamer” and “Fool’s Overture.”

Other artists covering Roger Hodgson’s timeless hits include Scooter who took “The Logical Song” to #3 on the Brit charts. The reigning American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been performing “Take The Long Way Home” on his current tour. And singer/songwriter James Blunt has been exciting audiences with his cover of “Breakfast In America” on his latest tour.

Roger’s latest DVD, Take The Long Way Home: Live In Montreal (Eagle Rock Entertainment) has him singing 17 of his most beloved songs. Bonus features include rare orchestra and interview footage and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his concert. http://rogerhodgson.com

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Ok, I must admit that I had a really good laugh today, when a friend of mine sent me this video – a woman who had no idea about in which European country Budapest is the capital – she thought Europe is a country!

Anyway, it isn’t that funny afterall, because I bet that most Europeans would have problems answering questions about American states. I only write that, because I once was asked in a quiz at my college “what is the capital of Kentucky!” Yaiks!! I know there’s a large city called Louisville there, but something in my mind told me that Louisville isn’t the capital there. Then suddenly I remembered… Frankfort. How did I know that? I only remembered it, because when I heard of it (in a movie I watched long time ago) I couldn’t help thinking about the European “Frankfurt” – where one of the largest Airports in Europe is located.

So only through weird associations I knew the right answer to a somewhat tricky question – otherwise, I wouldn’t have a clue!

 And talking about that, I don’t think you can find a single Dane, who expects Americans to know of Denmark. It’s a tiny little country with only 5,5 millions inhabitants (and at this point I couldn’t help but looking up Kentucky, that is inhabited by only 3.883.723 people). Hehe, actually there were two Danish students, who once went to New York, and asked random people “do you know of Denmark”, and one was pretty sure Denmark was the capital of Sweden 😀

So this poor lady – it wasn’t the easiest question in the world, but still – Europe ain’t a country 😉

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