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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond established the Hall in 1969. As the website says, “To be nominated for induction…a songwriter must have been active for a minimum of 20 years and have written an extensive catalogue of hit songs. Once candidates are determined, ballots are sent to the members of the National Academy of Popular Music, which comprises songwriters and other music industry professionals.” Check out the alphabetical listing of inductees on the Songwriters Hall of Fame page or check out Wikipedia for a list of inductees and years of induction.

Also, check out these special awards given by the Songwriters Hall of Fame:

Here are the inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame from 1970 to 2016:
A

  • Lee Adams (1989)
  • Tom Adair (2010)
  • Harold Adamson (1972)
  • Richard Adler (1984)
  • Milton Ager (1972)
  • Fred Ahlert (1970)
  • Harry Akst (1983)
  • Louis Alter (1975)
  • Leroy Anderson (1988)
  • Paul Anka (1993)
  • Harold Arlen (1971)
  • Nickolas Ashford (2002)
  • Charles Aznavour (1996)

B

  • Burt Bacharach (1971)
  • Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) (2010)
  • Ernest Ball (1970)
  • Jeff Barry (1991)
  • John Barry (1998)
  • Dave Bartholomew (1998)
  • Katharine Lee Bates (1970)
  • Thom Bell (2006)
  • Bennie Benjamin (1984)
  • Alan Bergman (1980)
  • Marilyn Bergman (1980)
  • Irving Berlin (1970)
  • Leonard Bernstein (1971)
  • Chuck Berry (1986)
  • Bettis, John (2011)
  • Billings, William (1970)
  • Black, Don (2007)
  • Blackwell, Otis (1991)
  • Bland, James (1970)
  • Blane, Ralph (1983)
  • Bloom, Rube (1982)
  • Bock, Jerry (1971)
  • Bon Jovi, Jon (2009)
  • David Bowie (2005)
  • Bobby Braddock (2015)
  • Bricusse, Leslie (1989)
  • Brigati, Eddie (The Young Rascals) (2009)
  • Brockman, James (1970)
  • Brooks, Garth (2011)
  • James Brown (2000)
  • Brown, Lew (1970)
  • Brown, Nacio Herb (1970)
  • Browne, Jackson (2007)
  • Bryan, Alfred (1970)
  • Boudleaux Bryant (1986)
  • Felice Bryant (1986)
  • Burgie, Irving (2007)
  • Burke, Joe (1970)
  • Burke, Johnny (1970)

C

  • Caesar, Irving (1972)
  • Cahn, Sammy (1972)
  • Johnny Cash (1977)
  • Caldwell, Anne (1970)
  • Hoagy Carmichael (1971)
  • Carroll, Harry (1970)
  • Cavaliere, Felix (The Young Rascals) (2009)
  • Chaplin, Saul (1985)
  • Child, Desmond (2008)
  • Eric Clapton (2001)
  • Clare, Sidney (1970)
  • Cohan, George M. (1970)
  • Cohen, Leonard (2010)
  • Coleman, Cy (1981)
  • Collins, Phil (2003)
  • Comden, Betty (1980)
  • Conrad, Con (1970)
  • Cook, Roger (2009)
  • Cooke, Sam (1987)
  • Coots, J. Fred (1972)
  • Cosby, Henry (2006)
  • Coslow, Sam (1970)
  • Elvis Costello (2016)
  • Coward, Sir Noël (1988)
  • Creed, Linda (1992)
  • Crewe, Bob (1985)
  • Croce, Jim (1990)
  • Cropper, Steve (2005)
  • Crosby, David (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (2009)

D

  • Danks, Hart P. (1970)
  • Darin, Bobby (1999)
  • David, Hal (1972)
  • David, Mack (1975)
  • Ray Davies (2014)
  • Davis, Benny (1975)
  • Davis, Mac (2006)
  • De Koven, Reginald (1970)
  • De Paul, Gene (1985)
  • De Rose, Peter (1970)
  • De Sylva, B.G. (Buddy) (1970)
  • Deacon, John (Queen) (2003)
  • DeLange, Eddie (1989)
  • Dennis, Matt (2010)
  • Denver, John (1996)
  • DeShannon, Jackie (2010)
  • Diamond, Neil (1984)
  • Dietz, Howard (1972)
  • Dixon, Mort (1970)
  • Willie Dixon (2015)
  • Domino Jr., Antoine ("Fats") (1998)
  • Donaldson, Walter (1970)
  • Donovan (2014)
  • Dozier, Lamont (1988)
  • Drake, Ervin (1983)
  • Dresser, Paul (1970)
  • Dreyer, Dave (1970)
  • Dubin, Al (1970)
  • Duke, Vernon (1970)
  • Dunn, Larry (Earth, Wind & Fire) (2010)
  • Bob Dylan (1982)

E

  • Fred Ebb (1983)
  • Bernard Edwards (2016)
  • Edwards, Gus (The Star Maker) (1970)
  • Egan, Raymond B. (1970)
  • Eliscu, Edward (1975)
  • Duke Ellington (1971)
  • Emmett, Daniel Decatur (1970)
  • Evans, Ray (1977)

F

  • Fain, Sammy (1972)
  • Fields, Dorothy (1971)
  • Fiorito, Ted (1970)
  • Fisher, Fred (1970)
  • Fogerty, John (2005)
  • Foster, David (2010)
  • Foster, Stephen (1970)
  • Fox, Charles (2004)
  • Freed, Arthur (1972)
  • Frey, Glenn (2000)
  • Friml, Rudolf (1971)

G

  • Gamble, Kenneth (1995)
  • Jerry Garcia (2015)
  • Gaudio, Bob (1995)
  • Marvin Gaye (2016)
  • Gershwin, George (1970)
  • Gershwin, Ira (1971)
  • Gibb, Barry (1994)
  • Gibb, Maurice (1994)
  • Gibb, Robin (1994)
  • Gilbert, L. Wolfe (1970)
  • Gillespie, Haven (1972)
  • Gilmore, Patrick S. (1970)
  • Gimbel, Norman (1984)
  • Goffin, Gerry (1987)
  • Gordon, Mack (1970)
  • Graham Gouldman (2014)
  • Lou Gramm (2013)
  • Green, Adolph (1980)
  • Green, Al (2004)
  • Green, Bud (1975)
  • Green, John (1972)
  • Greenaway, Roger (2009)
  • Greenfield, Howard (1991)
  • Greenwich, Ellie (1991)
  • Ferde Grofe (1970)
  • Woody Guthrie (1970)

H

  • Hall, Daryl (Hall & Oates) (2004)
  • Hamlisch, Marvin (1986)
  • Oscar Hammerstein II (1970)
  • Hammond, Albert (2008)
  • Handman, Lou (1975)
  • Handy, W.C. (1970)
  • Hanley, James F. (1970)
  • Harbach, Otto (1970)
  • Harburg, E.Y. ("Yip") (1971)
  • Harnick, Sheldon (1971)
  • Harris, Charles K. (1970)
  • Lorenz Hart (1970)
  • Tony Hatch (2013)
  • Hayes, Isaac (2005)
  • Henderson, Ray (1970)
  • Henley, Don (2000)
  • Herbert, Victor (1970)
  • Herman, Jerry (1982)
  • Heyman, Edward (1975)
  • Hilliard, Bob (1983)
  • Hoffman, Al (1984)
  • Holland, Brian (1988)
  • Holland, Edward (1988)
  • Holly, Buddy (1986)
  • Howard, Harlan (1997)
  • Huff, Leon (1995)
  • Robert Hunter (2015)

I-J

  • Jackson, Michael (2002)
  • Jacobs Bond, Carrie (1970)
  • Jagger, Sir Mick (1993)
  • Mark James (2014)
  • Jenkins, Gordon (1982)
  • Jennings, Will (2006)
  • Jobim, Antonio Carlos (1991)
  • Billy Joel (1992)
  • Elton John (1992)
  • Johnson, Howard (1970)
  • James P. Johnson (1970)
  • Johnson, James W. (1970)
  • Johnston, Arthur (1970)
  • Jones, Isham (1970)
  • Mick Jones (2013)
  • Tom Jones (2012)
  • Joplin, Scott (1970)

K

  • Kaempfert, Bert (1993)
  • Kahal, Irving (1970)
  • Kahn, Gus (1970)
  • Kalmar, Bert (1970)
  • Kander, John (1983)
  • Toby Keith (2015)
  • Kelly, Tom (2011)
  • Kennedy, Jimmy (1997)
  • Kern, Jerome (1970)
  • Key, Francis Scott (1970)
  • King, Carole (1987)
  • Holly Knight (2013)
  • Koehler, Ted (1972)
  • Kristofferson, Kris (1986)

L

  • Lane, Burton (1972)
  • Cyndi Lauper (2015)
  • Lawrence, Jack (1975)
  • Lecuona, Ernesto (1997)
  • Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter (1970)
  • Lee, Miss Peggy (1999)
  • Legrand, Michel (1990)
  • Leiber, Jerry (1985)
  • Leigh, Carolyn (1985)
  • Lennon, John (1987)
  • Alan Jay Lerner (1971)
  • Leslie, Edgar (1972)
  • Lewis, Sam (1970)
  • Gordon Lightfoot (2012)
  • Little Richard (2003)
  • Jay Livingston (1977)
  • Jerry Livingston (1981)
  • Frank Loesser (1970)
  • Frederick Loewe (1972)
  • Lynn, Loretta (2008)

M

  • MacDermot, Galt (2009)
  • MacDonald, Ballard (1970)
  • Madden, Edward (1970)
  • Magidson, Herb (1980)
  • Mancini, Henry (1984)
  • Mandel, Johnny (2010)
  • Manilow, Barry (2002)
  • Mann, Barry (1987)
  • Marks, Johnny (1981)
  • Bob Marley (2010)
  • Martin, Hugh (1983)
  • Masser, Michael (2007)
  • May, Brian (Queen) (2003)
  • Mayfield, Curtis (2000)
  • McCarthy, Joseph (1970)
  • Paul McCartney (1987)
  • McHugh, Jimmy (1970)
  • McKay, Al (Earth, Wind & Fire) (2010)
  • McLean, Don (2004)
  • Menken, Alan (2008)
  • Johnny Mercer (1971)
  • Mercury, Freddie (Queen) (2003)
  • Merrill, Bob (1987)
  • Meyer, George W. (1970)
  • Meyer, Joseph (1972)
  • Mitchell, Joni (1997)
  • Monaco, Jimmy (1970)
  • Moret, Neil (1970)
  • Morrison, Van (2003)
  • Morse, Theodore (1970)
  • Moy, Sylvia (2006)
  • Muir, Lewis F. (1970)

N

  • Nash, Graham (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (2009)
  • Nelson, Willie (2001)
  • Nevin, Ethelbert (1970)
  • Newley, Anthony (1989)
  • Newman, Randy (2002)
  • Noble, Ray (1996)
  • Norworth, Jack (1970)
  • Nyro, Laura (2010)

O

  • Oates, John (Hall & Oates) (2004)
  • Olcott, Chauncey (1970)
  • Orbison, Roy (1989)

P-Q

  • Parish, Mitchell (1972)
  • Parton, Dolly (2001)
  • Payne, John Howard (1970)
  • Joe Perry (2013)
  • Linda Perry (2015)
  • Tom Petty (2016)
  • Pierpont, J.S. (1970)
  • Pinkard, Maceo (1984)
  • Pollack, Lew (1970)
  • Pomus, Jerome "Doc" (1992)
  • Porter, Cole (1970)
  • Porter, David (2005)

R

  • Rado, James (2009)
  • Ragni, Gerome (2009)
  • Rainger, Ralph (1970)
  • Randazzo, Teddy (2007)
  • Raye, Don (1985)
  • Razaf, Andy (1972)
  • Redding, Otis (1994)
  • Rehbein, Herb (1993)
  • Revel, Harry (1970)
  • Rexford, Eben E. (1970)
  • Rice, Sir Tim (1999)
  • Richards, Keith (1993)
  • Richie, Lionel (1994)
  • Robin, Leo (1972)
  • Robinson, Smokey (1990)
  • Rodgers, Jimmie (1970)
  • Nile Rodgers (2016)
  • Richard Rodgers (1970)
  • Romberg, Sigmund (1970)
  • Rome, Harold (1982)
  • Root, George F. (1970)
  • Rose, Billy (1970)
  • Rose, Fred (1985)
  • Rose, Vincent (1970)
  • Ross, Jerry (1982)
  • Ruby, Harry (1970)
  • Russell, Bob (1970)
  • Russell, Leon (2011)
  • Rzeznik, John (2008)

S

  • Sager, Carole Bayer (1987)
  • Sambora, Richie (2009)
  • Don Schlitz (2012)
  • Harvey Schmidt (2012)
  • Schwartz, Arthur (1972)
  • Schwartz, Jean (1970)
  • Schwartz, Stephen (2009)
  • Sebastian, John (2008)
  • Sedaka, Neil (1983)
  • Seeger, Pete (1972)
  • Bob Seger (2012)
  • Sherman, Richard M. (2005)
  • Sherman, Robert B. (2005)
  • Shuman, Mort (1992)
  • Sigman, Carl (1972)
  • Simon, Carly (1994)
  • Simon, Paul (1982)
  • Simpson, Valerie (2002)
  • Skylar, Sunny (2010)
  • Smith, Harry B. (1970)
  • Smith, Samuel Francis (1970)
  • Snider, Todd (2008)
  • Snyder, Ted (1970)
  • Sondheim, Stephen (1975)
  • Sousa, John Phillip (1970)
  • J.D. Souther (2013)
  • Spector, Phil (1997)
  • Bruce Springsteen (1999)
  • Steinberg, Billy (2011)
  • Max Steiner (1995)
  • Jim Steinman (2012)
  • Sterling, Andrew B. (1970)
  • Stillman, Al (1982)
  • Stills, Stephen (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (2009)
  • Sting (2002)
  • Stock, Larry (1998)
  • Stoller, Mike (1985)
  • Stone, Jesse (2010)
  • Strayhorn, Billy (1984)
  • Strong, Barrett (2004)
  • Strouse, Charles (1985)
  • Styne, Jule (1972)

T

  • Taupin, Bernie (1992)
  • Chip Taylor (2016)
  • Taylor, James (2000)
  • Taylor, Roger (Queen) (2003)
  • Tierney, Harry A. (1970)
  • Tobias, Charles (1970)
  • Tobias, Harry (1983)
  • Toussaint, Allen (2011)
  • Turk, Roy (1970)
  • Steven Tyler (2013)

U-V

  • Van Alstyne, Egbert (1970)
  • Van Heusen, Jimmy (1971)
  • Von Tilzer, Albert (1970)
  • Von Tilzer, Harry (1970)

W

  • Waller, Thomas ("Fats") (1970)
  • Ward, Samuel A. (1970)
  • Warren, Diane (2001)
  • Warren, Harry (1971)
  • Washington, Ned (1972)
  • Wayne, Mabel (1972)
  • Jim Weatherly (2014)
  • Webb, Jimmy (1986)
  • Webber, Sir Andrew Lloyd (1995)
  • Webster, Paul Francis (1972)
  • Weil, Cynthia (1987)
  • Weill, Kurt (1970)
  • Weinstein, Bobby (2007)
  • Weiss, George David (1984)
  • Wenrich, Percy (1970)
  • White, Maurice (Earth, Wind & Fire) (2010)
  • White, Verdine (Earth, Wind & Fire) (2010)
  • Whitfield, Norman (2004)
  • Whiting, Richard (1970)
  • Wilder, Alec (1983)
  • Williams, Clarence (1970)
  • Williams, Hank (1970)
  • Williams, John (1998)
  • Williams, Paul (2001)
  • Williams, Spencer (1970)
  • Willson, Meredith (1982)
  • Wilson, Brian (2002)
  • Winner, Septimus (Sep) (1970)
  • Withers, Bill (2005)
  • Stevie Wonder (1983)
  • Woods, Harry M. (1970)
  • Work, Henry C. (1970)
  • Wrubel, Allie (1970)

X-Y-Z

  • Yellen, Jack (1972)
  • Youmans, Vincent (1970)
  • Young, Joe (1970)
  • Young, Rida Johnson (1970)
  • Young, Victor (1970)

The Songwriters Hall of Fame also gives several special awards. The Sammy Cahn Award was given from 1980 to 2006 and again in 2012 “to individuals or teams who are recognized as having done a great deal to further the successes of songwriters.”
The Hal David Starlight Award was given from 2004 to 2012 to “gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.”
  • Drake (2011)
  • Alicia Keys (2005)
  • John Legend (2007)
  • John Mayer (2006)
  • Jason Mraz (2009)
  • Ne-Yo (2012)
  • Johnny Rzeznick (2008)
  • Taylor Swift (2010)
  • Rob Thomas (2004)

The Johnny Mercer Award has been given from 1980 to 2011 to writers already inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame who have been determined by the nominating committee to have “established a history of outstanding creative works.”
  • Paul Anka (2008)
  • Harold Arlen (1982)
  • Burt Bacharach (1996)
  • Alan Bergman (1997)
  • Marilyn Bergman (1997)
  • Jerry Bock (1990)
  • Irving Caesar (1994)
  • Sammy Cahn (1983)
  • Cy Coleman (1995)
  • Phil Collins (2010)
  • Betty Comden (1991)
  • Hal David (1996)
  • Lamont Dozier (2009)
  • Adolph Green (1981)
  • E.Y. “Yip” Harburg (1981)
  • Sheldon Harnick (1990)
  • Jerry Herman (1987)
  • Brian Holland (2009)
  • Eddie Holland (2009)
  • Billy Joel (2001)
  • Elton John (2013)
  • Carole King (2002)
  • Kris Kristofferson (2006)
  • Burton Lane (1992)
  • Jerry Leiber (2000)
  • Alan Jay Lerner (1985)
  • Barry Mann (2011)
  • Mitchell Parish (1986)
  • Dolly Parton (2007)
  • Smokey Robinson (2005)
  • Paul Simon (1998)
  • Frank Sinatra (1980)
  • Stephen Sondheim (1999)
  • Mike Stoller (2000)
  • Jule Styne (1993)
  • Bernie Taupin (2013)
  • Jimmy Webb (2003)
  • Cynthia Weil (2011)
  • Stevie Wonder (2004)

The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award was given from 1981 to 2009 for “artists or ‘star makers’ in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time.”
  • Chuck Berry (1981)
  • Michael Bolton (1995)
  • Garth Brooks (2002)
  • Rosemary Clooney (1983)
  • Natalie Cole (1999)
  • Clive Davis (2003)
  • Gloria Estefan (1996)
  • Whitney Houston (1990)
  • Tom Jones (2009)
  • Chaka Khan (2011)
  • Barry Manilow (1991)
  • Johnny Mathis (2000)
  • Anne Murray (2008)
  • Phil Ramone (2010)
  • Diana Ross (1998)
  • Dionne Warwick (2001)
  • Margaret Whiting (1983)

The Songwriters Friends isn’t an actual award given out by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but an acknowledgement of the relationship between the songwriter and the singer.
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B


C


D-E


F


G


H


I-J


K-L


M

  • Harry MacDonough
  • Freddy Martin
  • Dean Martin
  • Johnny Mathis
  • John McCormack
  • Glenn Miller
  • Mills Brothers
  • The Miracles
  • Vaughn Monroe
  • Russ Morgan
  • Billy Murray
  • J.W. Myers

N-O

  • Ozzie Nelson
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • George Olsen
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • Vess L. Ossman
  • Buck Owens

P-Q


R

  • Leo Reisman
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • Paul Robeson
  • Roy Rogers
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Diana Ross

S

  • Ben Selvin
  • Artie Shaw
  • Nat Shilkret
  • Dinah Shore
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Bessie Smith
  • Sousa's Band
  • Len Spencer
  • The Spinners
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Jo Stafford
  • Frank Stanley
  • Kay Starr
  • Cal Stewart
  • Barbra Streisand
  • The Supremes

T-U-V

  • The Temptations
  • Ernest Tubb
  • Sophie Tucker
  • Van & Schenck
  • Walter Van Brunt
  • Sarah Vaughan

W-X-Y-Z


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