John Scott Sherrill

Induction Year: 2021

Birth Name: John Scott Sherrill

Birth Date: 10-02-1950

Place of Birth: New York, New York

John Scott Sherrill was born in New York City and raised in New Hampshire, Uganda and Bolivia by parents who were book and magazine writers. Drawn at an early age to Folk, Country and Rock music, he played coffeehouses in Boston and spent time as a musician in Amsterdam.

In 1975, on his way to California, his van broke down in Nashville, so John Scott decided to remain in Music City and soon signed a songwriting deal with Combine Music. By 1982, he had his first #1 hit – “Wild And Blue” by John Anderson (later recorded by Hank Williams, Jr., Alan Jackson and Lucinda Williams).

Throughout the ’80s and into the 2000s, John Scott enjoyed more #1 hits: “Some Fools Never Learn” by Steve Wariner, “That Rock Won’t Roll” by Restless Heart, “(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes” and “Cry, Cry, Cry” by Highway 101, “The Church On Cumberland Road” by Shenandoah, “No Doubt About It” by Neal McCoy, “How Long Gone” by Brooks & Dunn and “Would You Go With Me” by Josh Turner. Another popular song, “Nothin’ But The Wheel,” was a Top 20 Country hit for Patty Loveless and was also recorded by the Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the Rock duo of Peter Wolf & Mick Jagger.

In the late 1980s, John Scott was a member of the Country group Billy Hill and wrote many of their songs.

"(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes"

(written with Bob DiPiero, Dennis Robbins)

Highway 1011988 #1 Country

"Anywhere But Here"

(written with Buddy Cannon, Bob DiPiero)

Sammy Kershaw1993 #10 Country

"Because You Love Me"

(written with Kostas)

Jo Dee Messina2000 #8 Country, #53 Pop
T.G. Sheppard2012 

"Cry, Cry, Cry"

(written with Don Devaney)

Highway 1011988 #1 Country

"Every Fire"

(written with Cathy Majeski)

The Raybon Brothers1997 
Jason Sellers1999 
Restless Heart2004 
Ronnie Milsap2006 
Neal McCoy2012 

"Five Generations Of Rock County Wilsons"

Dan Seals1988 
Doug Supernaw1993 
John Anderson2001 
Tim Hensley2008 

"For A Change"

(written with Steve Seskin)

Neal McCoy1995 #3 Country

"Going Going Gone"

(written with Steve Cropper, Bob DiPiero)

Bryan White1994 
Neal McCoy1996 #35 Country

"How Long Gone"

(written with Shawn Camp)

Brooks & Dunn1998 #1 Country
Shawn Camp2001 

"No Doubt About It"

(written with Steve Seskin)

Neal McCoy1994 #1 Country, #75 Pop
John Michael Montgomery1995 #3 Country
Steve Seskin1997 

"No Man's Land"

(written with Steve Seskin)

John Michael Montgomery1995 #3 Country

"Nothin' But The Wheel"

Patty Loveless1993 #20 Country
Special Consensus1998 
Peter Wolf & Mick Jagger2002 

"Some Fools Never Learn"

Steve Wariner1985 #1 Country

"That Rock Won't Roll"

(written with Bob DiPiero)

Restless Heart1986 #1 Country

"The Church On Cumberland Road"

(written with Bob DiPiero, Dennis Robbins)

Shenandoah1989 #1 Country
Dennis Robbins1996 
Bob DiPiero2001 

"Too Much Month At The End Of The Money"

(written with Bob DiPiero, Dennis Robbins)

Billy Hill1989 #25 Country
Marty Stuart2003 #54 Country

"We're So Good Together"

(written with Bob DiPiero, Annie Roboff)

Reba McEntire2000 #20 Country

"When You Fall In Love"

(written with Steve Earle)

Johnny Lee1982 #14 Country

"Wild And Blue"

John Anderson1982 #1 Country
Hank Williams, Jr.1984 
The Mekons1991 
Carolina Road2010 
Alan Jackson2013 
Lucinda Williams2017 

"Would You Go With Me"

(written with Shawn Camp)

Josh Turner2006 #1 Country, #43 Pop
Shawn Camp2006 

John Scott Sherrill

Induction Year: 2021