Bob DiPiero

Bob DiPiero

Infobox musical artist

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Name = Bob DiPiero
Background = solo_singer
Origin = Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Genre = Country
Occupation = Singer-songwriter
Years_active = 1983-present
Associated_acts = Pam Tillis
URL = [http://www.bobdipiero.com Official website]

Bob DiPiero (born in Youngstown, Ohio) is an award-winning American country music songwriter who has written several songs for country music artists; among his first was The Oak Ridge Boys' Number One hit "American Made". Other artists who have recorded his material include Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Early years

DiPiero was born in the steel-manufacturing center of Youngstown, Ohio. His family later moved to the suburban township of Liberty, Ohio, where DiPiero graduated from Liberty High School in 1969.cite news
first = John
last = Benson
title = DiPiero, other songwriters on 'Hitmen of Music Row'
work = The Vindicator
page = D-1
date = September 23, 2007
] He participated in hard rock bands in northeastern Ohio throughout the late 1960s and 1970s. In 1979, DiPiero moved to Nashville, where he initially worked as a session player and traveling musician but gradually moved into songwriting.

Songwriting career

DiPiero's first number one hit as a songwriter was 1983's "American Made" by The Oak Ridge Boys, which also became a national ad jingle for Miller Beer.cite web |url=http://www.durango-songwriters-expo.com/hit-songwriter-bios-bob-dipiero.html |title=Bob DiPiero biography |accessdate=2007-07-24 |format=html |work=Durango-Songwriters-Expo.com] Since then, DiPiero has co-written several hit singles for other country music artists, with 13 of his songs reaching Number One on the country music charts.cite web |url=http://www.bmi.com/musicworld/entry/233469 |title=For Bob DiPiero, All That Counts Is A Great Song |accessdate=2007-07-24 |format=html |work=BMI.com] In 1995 and 1996, he received the Triple Play award from the Country Music Association for having three number one singles chart in each of those years; in addition, he has received 19 awards from BMI for his contributions as a songwriter. [cite web |url=http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/535071 |title=Bob DiPiero and Jeffrey Steele to Share Songwriting Secrets at Conclave Learning Conference |accessdate=2007-07-24 |format=html |work=BMI.com] He was also one third of the country music supergroup Billy Hill, whose members also included Dennis Robbins and John Scott Sherrill.

At one point, DiPiero was also married to country music artist Pam Tillis, the daughter of singer Mel Tillis. [cite web |url=http://arts.enotes.com/contemporary-musicians/tillis-pam-biography |title=Tillis, Pam biography |accessdate=2007-07-24 |format=html |work=ENotes.com] The couple divorced and on June 18, 2006, and he married Leslie Tomasino.Fact|date=August 2008

DiPiero launched a music industry-based reality series called "The Hitmen of Music Row," which premiered September 26, 2007, on the Great American Country cable station. Songwriter participants in the series include Tony Mullins, Jeffrey Steele, and Craig Wiseman.

Awards

*1997: Country Music Radio Awards - Song of the Year ("Worlds Apart" by Vince Gill)
*1998: Nashville Music Awards - Songwriter of the Year
*2000: Sony / A TV , Nashville - Songwriter of the Year. cite web |url=http://nu.musiccitynetworks.com/index.htm?id=3047&sid=3042 |title=Bob DiPiero |accessdate=2007-07-24 |format=html |work=musiccitynetworks.com]

ingles written or co-written by Bob DiPiero

*1983 "American Made" - The Oak Ridge Boys
*1984 "That Rock Won't Roll" - Restless Heart
*1984 "Little Rock" - Reba McEntire
*1988 "(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes" - Highway 101
*1989 "The Church on Cumberland Road" - Shenandoah
*1992 "Anywhere But Here" - Sammy Kershaw
*1992 "Blue Rose Is" - Pam Tillis
*1992 "Mirror, Mirror" - Diamond Rio
*1993 "Money in the Bank" - John Anderson
*1993 "Cleopatra, Queen of Denial" - Pam Tillis
*1994 "Take Me as I Am" - Faith Hill
*1994 "Wink" - Neal McCoy
*1994 "'Til You Love Me" - Reba McEntire
*1994 "Walking Away a Winner" - Kathy Mattea
*1995 "They're Playin' Our Song" - Neal McCoy
*1995 "Should've Asked Her Faster" - Ty England
*1996 "Blue Clear Sky" - George Strait
*1996 "It's Lonely Out There" - Pam Tillis
*1996 "Love You Back" - Rhett Akins
*1996 "Daddy's Money" - Ricochet
*1996 "See Rock City" - Rick Trevino
*1997 "Worlds Apart" - Vince Gill
*1998 "Bad Day to Let You Go" - Bryan White
*1998 "Poor Me" - Joe Diffie
*1998 "The Other Side of This Kiss" - Mindy McCready
*1999 "Give My Heart to You" - Billy Ray Cyrus
*2000 "There You Are" - Martina McBride
*2001 "We're So Good Together" - Reba McEntire
*2003 "I'll Take Love Over Money" - Aaron Tippin
*2003 "You Can't Take the Honky-Tonk Out of the Girl" - Brooks & Dunn
*2003 "Too Much Month (At the End of the Money)" - Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
*2004 "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" - Montgomery Gentry
*2004 "The Girl's Gone Wild" - Travis Tritt
*2005 "Gone" - Montgomery Gentry
*2005 "Hillbilly Nation" - Cowboy Crush
*2005 "XXL" - Keith Anderson
*2006 "Local Girls" - Ronnie Milsap
*2006 "She Don't Tell Me To" - Montgomery Gentry
*2006 "Tennessee Girl" - Sammy Kershaw

References

External links

* [http://www.bobdipiero.com Official website]
*myspace|bobdipiero|Bob DiPiero


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