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When JD Souther arrived in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, a bumper sticker on his car proclaimed "I got my start at Amarillo College." And what a successful start it was for the new kid in town. Souther, who became one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Amarillo College Distinguished Alumni Award. The Grammy-nominated Souther, who wrote or co-wrote some of the Eagles' biggest hits, including "Heartache Tonight," and "New Kid in Town," will be honored during an event being planned for this fall at Amarillo College. "We are enormously excited to honor JD Souther and bring him back to his Amarillo College roots," Mark White, executive vice president, said. "His many accomplishments and accolades speak for themselves. They clearly identify him as an alumnus of distinction."

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