Doobie Brothers, Michael Morgan, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Whispers to be Honored by the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy® at 2005 Governors Awards

Musical luminaries the Doobie Brothers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Whispers will be honored by the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy® with the 2005 Governors Award for creative excellence and outstanding achievement. In addition, the 2005 Governors Award for Community Service will be bestowed upon Oakland East Bay Symphony Music Director Michael Morgan.

The 2005 Governors Awards gala - the Chapter's largest fund-raiser of the year - will be held on Sunday, June 12, from 6 - 10 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco's Union Square. The event will feature an elegant cocktail reception, formal dinner, silent auction and an awards presentation, which will pay tribute to the honorees with VIP presenters and special performances.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the San Francisco Chapter Education Fund, and will endow The Recording Academy's educational and professional development programs for the local music community. Sponsorship and ticket information can be obtained by contacting the San Francisco Chapter office at 415.749.0779 or via e-mail at

The music of the GRAMMY Award-winning Doobie Brothers helped define an era and inspire a generation. Incorporating masterful instrumentation with lush vocal harmonies, the Doobie Brothers consistently defied stereotypes drawing on blues, rock, soul, country, funk and gospel influences to create a sound that is at once wholly unique and widely influential. As one of the most popular California bands of the 1970s, songs like "Listen To The Music," "Black Water," and "China Grove" became anthems of their day.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has appeared at 13 of the World's Fairs and Expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. The 360 members represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences, joined together by their love for singing and faith. In addition to the Choir's GRAMMY Award for its 1959 performance of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" with the Philadelphia Orchestra, five of the Choir's recordings have achieved gold record status and two have gone platinum.

R&B quintet the Whispers are veteran hit-makers boasting a 23-year musical career. Formed by twins Walter and Wallace Scott, plus Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon, the Whispers' 1964 chart-topper, "I Was Born When You Kissed Me," was the beginning of a long musical legacy. Since then, the group's music has continued to influence a wide range of R&B, soul, rock and urban artists. Unforgettable Whispers classics include "The Time Has Come," "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," "And The Beat Goes On," and the urban contemporary hit, "Rock Steady."

Michael Morgan currently is in his 15th year as Music Director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the Sacramento Philharmonic, and Artistic Director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, Calif. Maestro Morgan makes frequent appearances as guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States, and has conducted the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet on many occasions. Annually, he makes about 100 appearances in the nation's schools, particularly in the East Bay, and is widely regarded as an expert on the importance of arts education and minority access to the arts.

The highest honor the San Francisco Chapter can bestow, the Governors Award is presented to Bay Area music professionals whose creative talents and accomplishments have crossed all musical boundaries and who have been recognized as an asset to the local music community. Governors Award recipients embody the highest standards of excellence and integrity that The Recording Academy champions and promotes.

Past Governors Award honorees include Metallica, Joshua Redman, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Bill Graham, Joan Baez, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kronos Quartet, Ali Akbar Khan, Orrin Keepnews, Mimi Farina, Johnny Otis, Joe Satriani, the Hawkins Family, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, East Bay Center for Performing Arts, Young Musicians Program, and Villa Sinfonia.

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs - including the creation of the national public education campaign What's The Download® ( The 30-year-old San Francisco Chapter, with more than 1,000 members, is one of 12 regional offices of the national organization.

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