Grammy-winning Canadian songwriter Shirley Eikhard dead at 67

The singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard, who wrote Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit song “Something to Talk About,” has passed away. She was 67.

According to a report by Fox News, she died on Thursday at the Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario, according to her spokesperson for Eikhard, Eric Alper, who confirmed her passing to the Associated Press.

The native of Canada penned songs for Rita Coolidge, Cher, Anne Murray, Emmylou Harris, Ginette Reno, Chet Atkins, and Alannah Myles.

Her most well-known song, “Something to Talk About,” won Raitt the 1992 Grammy Award for best pop vocal performance and was also nominated for record of the year.

Blues-rock

In 1985, Murray was interested in recording the blues-rock hit that Eikhard had written, but she turned it down after her producers rejected it. Despite not including Eikhard’s song, Murray went on to call her 1985 album “Something to Talk About.”

Other musicians were given the song by Eikhard, but they all turned it down. Years later, Raitt informed Eikhard through voicemail that she had just recorded it. Later, the American singer claimed that she had heard the song on a demo that Eikhard had delivered and had been impressed.

Eikhard offered the song to other artists, who all declined to record it. Years later, Raitt left a voicemail on Eikhard’s phone saying she had just recorded it. The American singer later said that she’d discovered the song on a demo Eikhard had sent and admired it.

“I got home and there was this thing on my machine. There was Bonnie…I was numb,” Eikhard recalled in a press release for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The song, which was the lead single from Raitt’s 1991 album “Luck of the Draw,” ran 20 weeks and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Something to Talk About”

“Something to Talk About” inspired the title of the 1995 Warner Bros. movie starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid.

Between 1972 and 2021, Eikhard published 18 full-length albums during the course of her career. She also learned how to play the guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, chromatic harmonica, saxophone, banjo, and mandolin on her own.

Eikhard created “It Takes Time” when he was just 15 years old; Murray recorded it in 1971, and it went on to become a hit in Canada. Eikhard recorded her debut record under her own name in 1972. One of Eikhard’s earliest hits was “Pickin’ My Way,” the lead single from Atkins’ 41st studio album.

The frantic dance music “Lovers Forever,” which Cher and Eikhard co-wrote for the 1994 movie “Interview with the Vampire,” didn’t make the final soundtrack cut. On her 2013 album “Closer to the Truth,” Cher did, however, include “Lovers Forever.”

The song “Born With the Hunger” was written by Eikhard for Cher’s “not.com.mercial” album in 2000. On the album, there were just two songs that weren’t written by Cher. She performed the theme song for “The Domino Principle,” a 1976 film directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen, as well as “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” a 2000 film.