Awards/Achievements

  • 2012 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Fellow 2012 inductees: Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Steinman, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt.
  • 2010 Released “Greatest Hits”
  • 2010 Inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
  • 2010 Received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting
  • 2010 “Allergic to Crazy”. First studio album in 30 years.
  • 2007 ASCAP Artistic Achievement Award
  • 2001 “Live at the Bluebird Cafe” album released on American Originals
  • 2001 “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” musical opens on Broadway. Music and lyrics by Don Schlitz.
  • 1999 Inducted into North Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame
  • 1993 Inducted into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • 1992 Country Music Association President’s Award for Special Contributions
  • 1991 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
  • 1990 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
  • 1989 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
  • 1988 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
  • 1988 Grammy Country Song of the Year:
    Forever and Ever, Amen
  • 1987 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year:
    Forever and Ever, Amen
  • 1987 Country Music Association Song of the Year:
    Forever and Ever, Amen
  • 1986 Nashville Songwriters Association International Song of the Year: On the Other Hand
  • 1986 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year:
    On the Other Hand
  • 1980 “Dreamers Matinee” album released on Capitol Records
  • 1979 Grammy Country Song of the Year:
    The Gambler
  • 1979 Country Music Association Song of the Year:
    The Gambler