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Shirley Eichard, the singer-songwriter who wrote Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About,” has died. He was 67 years old.

Eichard’s publicist Eric Alper confirmed his death to The Associated Press, saying he died Thursday of complications from cancer at Headwaters Health Care Center in Orangeville, Ontario.

The Canadian has written songs for Cher, Anne Murray, Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins, Jeanette Reno, Alanna Miles and Rita Coolidge. However, he was best known for “Something to Talk About,” which won Raith Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 1992 Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Record of the Year.

Shirley Eichard, the singer-songwriter who wrote Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About,” has died at age 67.
(By Eric Alper via AP)

Eichard wrote the blues-rock hit in 1985 and pitched it to Murray, who was interested in recording it, but declined after his producers rejected the song. However, Murray continued to title his 1985 album Something to Talk About, even though it did not include Eichard’s song.

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Eichardt pitched the song to other artists, all of whom declined to record it. Years later, Raitt left a voicemail on Eichardt’s phone saying he had just recorded it. The American singer later said she discovered the song on a demo Eichard had sent her and fell in love with it.

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

The song was the first single from Raitt’s 1991 album Luck of the Draw and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 5.

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

During his career, Eichard released 18 full-length albums between 1972 and 2021 and learned to play guitar, piano, bass, drums, harmonica, sax, banjo, and mandolin.

He died Thursday of complications from cancer in Orangeville, Ontario.

He died Thursday of complications from cancer in Orangeville, Ontario.
(Photo by Reg Innell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

At age 15, Eichard wrote “It Takes Time,” which was recorded by country singer Murray in 1971 and later became a hit in Canada. In 1972, Eichardt released his self-titled debut album. The title track of Atkins’ 41st studio album, “Pickin’ My Way”, was one of Eichard’s earliest hits.

Cher and Eichard wrote the raucous dance track “Forever Lovers” for the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, but it did not make it onto the final soundtrack. However, Cher included “Lovers Forever” on her 2013 album Closer to the Truth.

Eichardt wrote “Born With the Hunger” for Cher’s 2000 album not.com.mercial. It was one of two songs on the album that were not written by Cher.

He sang the theme song for Stanley Kramer’s 1976 film The Domino Principle, starring Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen, and the 2000 theme song for The Passions of Ayn Rand.

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Eichardt was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020 for “Something to Talk About”. Reith joined Eichardt in a virtual induction ceremony that aired on Canada’s Global News Network.

The “I Can’t Make You Love Me” hitmaker paid tribute to Eichard on Instagram on Friday.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Shirley Eichard, the wonderful Canadian singer/songwriter who wrote my hit song ‘Something to Talk About,'” Raitt wrote alongside a black and white photo of Eichard.

“My condolences to his family and friends. You can read about his life and music at the link in my bio. Someone else is gone too soon. I will be forever grateful for our beautiful bond and friendship.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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