Three television theme songs co-written by Alan Thicke have been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Thicke, who grew up in Kirkland Lake is being recognized for the classic themes from Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes and Wheel of Fortune.
The induction took place during a ceremony Friday morning. Thicke’s son Robin accepted the award on behalf of the family.
“The Thicke Family is honoured to accept this recognition on my father’s behalf,” stated Thicke. “My father was a proud Canadian and although he was mostly known for his acting, hosting and philanthropic work, deep down he always wanted to be Gordon Lightfoot or Bruce Springsteen.” He adds, “There is no doubt that Alan would consider having his songs being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as one of his life’s greatest achievements. We are sure he is playing his catalog for all his friends in heaven right now. We love and miss you Alan Thicke.”
“These three iconic theme songs that will be inducted to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame harken to the halcyon days of ‘80s television when family sitcoms and game shows brought multi-generational families together in their living rooms,” said Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of CSHF. “Alan Thicke had a unique talent to create catchy, memorable and relatable songs that appeal to a mass audience while concisely encapsulating the essence of a show. Each song became as popular and synonymous with its show, as the characters and actors who starred in them.”