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THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby Roy » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:01 pm

THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Leonard Cohen
Laura Nyro
Bob Marley
Jackie DeShannon
Earth, Wind & Fire
David Foster
Johnny Mandel
Tom Adair & Matt Dennis
Sunny Skylar
Jesse Stone

Special Awards

The Johnny Mercer Award
Phil Collins (Already inducted in 2003)

The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award
Phil Ramone

The Hal David Starlight Award
Taylor Swift

The Abe Olman Publisher Award
Keith Mardak

The Towering Song Award
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon (Already inducted in 1982)

Thursday, June 17, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City

FOR RESERVATIONS CALL

Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway
New York, New York 10036-4098
Phone: 1-212-398-1900
Phone: 1-212-398-2250

Ticket Information:

Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.

CONTACT:
Fran Curtis
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8423
fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com
Lauren Wilsman
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8486
lwilsman@rogersandcowan.com

Posted by April Anderson [SHOF] on 02/16 at 09:51 AM
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http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/947

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SongHall Announces 2010 Inductees!

New York, NY – February 16, 2010 – Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David announced today. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, returns for its highly anticipated 41st annual induction and awards dinner, scheduled for Thursday, June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Special award honorees will be announced at a later date.

“Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world’s Popular Music soundtrack,” commented Chairman/CEO Hal David. “We are looking forward to another memorable evening where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments.”

Leonard Cohen:

Leonard Cohen received the Grammy 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his legendary career of artistic accomplishments in songwriting and performing. Over 2,000 covers of Cohen’s songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake’s rendition of “Hallelujah” that appeared on Cohen’s 1984 Various Positions album. Cohen always had an interest in music, but it wasn’t until 1966 that his focus turned to songwriting after gaining international recognition for his poetry. Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful “Suzanne” to Judy Collins which later was included on his debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.” His next two albums, Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate solidified Cohen’s iconic status with “Bird on a Wire” and “Famous Blue Raincoat.” His multidimensional lyrics have captured fans spanning generations and nationalities for decades. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008) for his outstanding work. Cohen’s world tour, which inaugurated in May 2008, is still playing to sold-out crowds.

Jackie DeShannon:

Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon is best known as the soulful voice behind two of the 1960s most enduring, era-defining anthems – Burt Bacharach & Hal David’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love” and DeShannon’s own “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.” Her songs have been performed by such artists as Al Green, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison, Brenda Lee, The Carpenters, The Temptations, Marianne Faithfull, The Searchers, Ella Fitzgerald and Bruce Springsteen. In the early 1960s, Jackie partnered with Sharon Sheeley on dozens of songs (“Dum Dum,” “The Great Imposter,” “Breakaway,” “You Won’t Forget Me”). Collaborations followed with Randy Newman, Jack Nitzsche, Jimmy Page and John Bettis. In 1964, Jackie toured as an opening act for the Beatles. Writing solo, she composed the hits “When You Walk In The Room” and “Come And Stay With Me.” She earned a million-seller in 1969 with “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” written with Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. DeShannon won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1982 for “Bette Davis Eyes” with writing partner Donna Weiss.

David Foster:

To say that everything David Foster touches turns to gold—and usually platinum—would be an understatement. This stunningly talented songwriter is a 15-time Grammy Award winner with an unprecedented 46 nominations, a recipient of seven Juno Awards, an Emmy Award in 2004 and a three-time Oscar nominee, all over the course of four extraordinarily successful decades. Foster’s career path soared in the 1980’s as he produced and wrote an extraordinary lineup of No. 1 singles, including Chicago’s “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” Peter Cetera’s “The Glory of Love,” and John Parr’s “Man in Motion” (St. Elmo’s Fire soundtrack). In 2007 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Foster has worked with the biggest and best talents in the music industry, including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble’, Seal, Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and many more. Iconic songs in the Foster catalog include “After The Love Is Gone,” “I Have Nothing,” “Look What You’ve Done To Me,” “The Prayer” and “You’re The Inspiration.” Foster recently produced two top ten albums on the Billboard Top 200 Chart - Michael Buble’ (“Crazy Love”) and Andrea Bocelli (“My Christmas).

Johnny Mandel:

Johnny Mandel, the five-time Grammy recipient and Oscar and Emmy Award winner is a composer, arranger, instrumentalist and record producer living a life totally steeped in musical achievement. As a teenager, Mandel was a member of Joe Venuti’s orchestra, followed by employment as a player and/or arranger in bands led by Henry Jerome, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Artie Shaw. In the late 1940s and early 50s, Mandel was an arranger and composer for radio and the new medium of TV. At the same time, he played trombone and wrote arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra. The West Coast recording scene beckoned Johnny in 1954 where he began arranging sessions for stars like Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Jo Stafford, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker and Andy Williams. Hollywood film assignments began coming in for Mandel as well, beginning with the all-Jazz score he composed for I Want to Live in 1958. Many Mandel film scores have followed, among them The Americanization of Emily, The Sandpiper, M*A*S*H*, Being There and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. Mandel-composed standards include “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Emily,” “Where Do You Start?” and “Close Enough for Love.” In recent years, Mandel’s career has continued to flourish as he has remained busy producing and arranging recordings for Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and, most recently, for Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, among many others.

Earth, Wind & Fire:

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and commercially invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century. Members Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay are known for their signature sound of fusing Pop, R&B, Rock, Latin, Funk, Jazz and African Music to win numerous awards. Earth, Wind & Fire has received 20 Grammy nominations; winning six as a group and its founding members, Maurice White and Philip Bailey, winning two awards each. The band was also awarded the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Signature Governor’s Award. Earth, Wind & Fire have earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and have sold over 90 million albums worldwide. They have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2000) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1995). The music industry and fans have bestowed Lifetime Achievement honors from ASCAP (Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award - 2002), NAACP (Hall of Fame - 1994) and the BET Awards (Life Time Achievement Award 2002). Two Earth, Wind & Fire classic songs have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame: “That’s The Way of The World” (2004) and “Shining Star” (2007). Earth, Wind & Fire have 12 American Music Awards nominations and four awards. The band is also known as having been the first African-American performers to sell out Madison Square Garden and to receive the MSG Gold Ticket Award. President Obama invited the band to perform at the White House for the first social event of the new administration. Through the decades their songs have been covered by recording artists such as Jerry Garcia Band, D’Angelo, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and many others.

First Slate Of Posthumous Songwriters To Be Inducted

This year, in an effort to honor those songwriters who are deceased, the Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Tom Adair & Matt Dennis, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Sunny Skylar and Jesse Stone.

Tom Adair & Matt Dennis

Lyricist Tom Adair (1913 – 1988) and composer Matt Dennis (1914 - 2004) teamed up to write “Let’s Get Away From It All,” “Everything Happens to Me” and “The Night We Called It a Day,” three of the most memorable songs recorded by Frank Sinatra during his stint as vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the early 1940s. Adair,a native of Kansas, was a frustrated songwriter in Los Angeles when he met Matt Dennis, a vocalist and composer, in 1940. On the recommendation of Jo Stafford, the young songwriting team hired by Tommy Dorsey’s publishing company. Adair later wrote songs and screenplays for many Walt Disney projects, including The Mickey Mouse Club and for such TV programs as My Three Sons, F Troop and The Munsters. Matt Dennis, who was born into a musical family in Seattle, joined the Horace Heidt Orchestra in the 1930s, later working with Dick Haymes, Martha Tilton and the Stafford Sisters. Following his success with Tom Adair, Dennis went on to military service in World War II. After his return, Dennis worked in radio and night clubs and achieved success as a jazz vocalist and pianist, recording a number of albums. His 1953 composition, “Angel Eyes” (with lyrics by Earl Brent) is a much performed standard.

Sunny Skylar

Sunny Skylar (1913 –2009), born Selig Shaftel in Brooklyn, New York, was a composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher. Sunny Skylar wrote more than 300 songs, but will be best remembered for penning the English lyrics to “Besame Mucho.” The tune became one of the most recorded in history, covered by hundreds of artists, including the Beatles, and used in dozens of film soundtracks. Skylar enjoyed instant success when it was turned into a No 1 hit by Jimmy Dorsey in 1944, and it was said that he used the royalties to buy his first house and to put his children through college. He also wrote English lyrics for Gabriel Ruiz’s “Amor Amor Amor,” which gave Dorsey another big hit. Mining a lucrative international theme, the aria “Mattinata” by Leoncavallo was translated into the popular song “You’re Breaking My Heart,” and became a 1949 hit for Vic Damone. Skylar wrote music as well as lyrics, and among his other compositions, Frank Sinatra recorded his “Don’t Wait Too Long” and Ella Fitzgerald sang his “Gotta Be This or That” on her Ella Swings Lightly album. After the end of the big band era, further hits came with “And So To Sleep,” recorded by Patti Page, and yet another translation of Carlos and Mario Rigual’s “Cuando Calienta El Sol,” which, as “Love Me With All Your Heart” took the Ray Charles Singers to No 2 in the American charts in 1964. Skylar also wrote prolifically for films and television. Among Skylar’s other hits are “It Must Be Jelly (’Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That),” “Be Mine Tonight,” “Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue,” and “And So To Sleep Again.”

Bob Marley

Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley (1945 – 1981) was the most famous and influential Jamaican songwriter and performer of Reggae music. Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, (founded in 1964 with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone) recorded such albums as Catch a Fire, Natty Dread, Exodus and Uprising. Marley’s best-known songs include “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Could You Be Loved,” “Stir It Up,” “Redemption Song” and “One Love.” Eric Clapton and Johnny Nash scored international smash hits with Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Stir It Up,” respectively. By the time of his death at 36 from cancer, Marley was a revered cultural and political figure worldwide.

Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro (1947-1997) was an enigmatic performer, garnering critical acclaim for her recordings but having her greatest success through covers of her original compositions. Her first album, More Than a New Discovery, yielded a wealth of material for artists including the Fifth Dimension ("Wedding Bell Blues,” “Blowin’ Away"), Barbra Streisand ("Stoney End") and Blood, Sweat & Tears ("And When I Die"), while her second effort, 1968’s Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, contained “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness,” both hits for the Fifth Dimension, and “Eli’s Comin’,” which was a major hit for Three Dog Night. 1969’s New York Tendaberry contained two of her most popular songs, “Time and Love” and “Save the Country.”

Jesse Stone

Jesse Stone, also known as Charles Calhoun (1901 – 1999), was a songwriter, musician and recording artist. Born in Atchison, Kansas into a family of performers, he made his first recording in 1926. His musical career took him from the jazz scene in Kansas City to New York, where he worked as an arranger and songwriter for bands led by Chick Webb and Jimmie Lunceford. Beginning in 1949, his association with Atlantic Records led to some of the most celebrated early rock & roll and R&B recordings. Among the classic songs written by Stone are “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Money Honey,” “Don’t Let Go,” “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash.”


About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 41 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Desmond Child, Loretta Lynn, John Sebastian, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Dolly Parton, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cy Coleman and many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.
Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Virtual Museum at songwritershalloffame.org.
The mission of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with giving members the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy: songhall.org

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.

CONTACT:
Fran Curtis
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8423
fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com
Lauren Wilsman
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8486
lwilsman@rogersandcowan.com

Posted by April Anderson [SHOF] on 02/16 at 09:51 AM
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THE LEONARD COHEN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME BIOGRAPHIES:

THE LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY WHEN HE WAS A NOMINEE FOR THE 2006 AND 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME:

Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen turned to songwriting after establishing himself as an acclaimed novelist and poet. His resultant songs have earned him an adoring following of music fans and fellow artists including Judy Collins, who expanded his audience in 1966 when she recorded his song “Suzanne” (actor/singer Noel Harrison also had a hit with it) and Jennifer Warnes, who had been a backup singer for Cohen before releasing her own acclaimed album of his material, “Famous Blue Raincoat,” in 1987. His uniquely intelligent output was celebrated earlier this year with the documentary “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.” Key songs in the Cohen catalog include “Bird On The Wire,” “Hallelujah,” “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” “So Long, Marianne” and “Suzanne.”

THE LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY FROM THE PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

Leonard Cohen received the Grammy 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his legendary career of artistic accomplishments in songwriting and performing. Over 2,000 covers of Cohen’s songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake’s rendition of “Hallelujah” that appeared on Cohen’s 1984 Various Positions album. Cohen always had an interest in music, but it wasn’t until 1966 that his focus turned to songwriting after gaining international recognition for his poetry. Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful “Suzanne” to Judy Collins which later was included on his debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.” His next two albums, Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate solidified Cohen’s iconic status with “Bird on the Wire” and “Famous Blue Raincoat.” His multidimensional lyrics have captured fans spanning generations and nationalities for decades. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008) for his outstanding work. Cohen’s world tour, which inaugurated in May 2008, is still playing to sold-out crowds.


DON'T WORRY, THE BIOGRAPHY ISN'T DONE YET! THERE'S MORE TO COME IN JUNE! :D
Over 2,000 covers of Cohen’s songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake’s rendition of “Hallelujah” that appeared on Cohen’s 1984 Various Positions album.
Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful “Suzanne” to Judy Collins which later was included on his debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.”
Not phrased correctly. I obviously will have this fixed and posted properly on the HALLS OF FAME site.

EMAIL FROM JIM DEVLIN
jim devlin wrote:roy - i see 3 errors:
debut album in 1967 is 'Songs of Leonard Cohen', no 'The'.
i don't think they've reached 2000+ covers yet - tho' pretty close!
'Bird on the wire' is the SONG, 'Bird on a wire' is the 1972 tour doc. directed by Tony Palmer.
Jim
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Re: THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby Roy » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:38 pm

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/958

Phil Collins To Receive Prestigious Johnny Mercer Award At 2010 Gala

New York, NY- March 10, 2010- Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, announced today that Phil Collins will be the 2010 recipient of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the Annual Awards dinner, slated for Thursday, June 17th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Singer-songwriter, drummer, composer and producer are just a few of Phil Collins’ amazing career titles. Best known for his work as drummer and vocalist for the British rock group Genesis and as a solo artist, Phil Collins has created some of Popular Music’s greatest hits, including “In the Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds” and “Another Day In Paradise,” and such energetic hits as “Sussudio,” “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Two Hearts.” He has written songs for the Disney films Tarzan and Brother Bear, and “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Song Written For A Film.” The song went on to win both an Oscar and a Grammy.

“Phil has churned out a massive stream of classic songs that have resonated with audiences around the globe in a career that has won him admiration beyond cultural and linguistic boundaries,” commented Chairman/CEO Hal David. “In our professional community, he is among the most respected musical creators of our generation.” The Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is exclusively reserved for a songwriter who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.

Also a studio producer, Collins has worked with Adam Ant, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Phil Bailey, John Martyn and Eric Clapton- to name a few. Notably, he was Robert Plant’s drummer of choice for his first two solo albums, and he played with the Led Zeppelin front man on his first solo tour. In March 2010, Genesis will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Collins is currently adding the finishing touches to a new album for release in September 2010.

During his early career, Collins co-founded the jazz-fusion band “Brand X,” inspired by his love of jazz. In recent years, he formed his own “Big Band,” with the first tour featuring Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones and the second with Oleta Adams and Gerald Albright as guests. Collins also took on acting, starting with the roll of Artful Dodger in Oliver, as well as made cameos in the Beatles A Hard Days Night and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Since then he has made several appearances in various films ranging from Hook to The Who’s rock opera Tommy.

Past Johnny Mercer Award recipients have included songwriting giants: Holland-Dozier-Holland, Paul Anka, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Paul Simon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

Inductees at this year’s event include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.

CONTACT:
Fran Curtis
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8423
fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com

Lauren Wilsman
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8486
lwilsman@rogersandcowan.com

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Re: THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby Roy » Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:47 pm

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/973

Phil Ramone To Receive SongHall’s Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

NEW YORK, NY- APRIL 7, 2010 – Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, announced today that Phil Ramone will be the 2010 recipient of the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Annual Awards dinner slated for Thursday, June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

“Phil Ramone represents the perfect choice as a recipient of our Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award,” commented Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman/CEO Hal David. “We are looking forward to applauding his many varied accomplishments that have, both past and presently, influenced the craft and careers of music history’s finest artists.”

Phil Ramone is one of the most well respected and lauded music producers in the industry, with 34 Grammy nominations, 14 Grammy Awards, an Emmy and numerous awards and honors to his credit. Working with a variety of musicians from country to pop stars, Ramone created some of today’s best hit songs, such as: Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It,” “Uptown Girl” and “Modern Woman,” “Late In The Evening” (Paul Simon), “Too Late for Goodbyes” (Julian Lennon) and many more. He has worked with many notable artists including Bono, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Quincy Jones, BB King, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, to name a few.

Phil Ramone began his career as a violinist at The Julliard School. In 1959, Ramone established an independent recording studio, A&R Recording, which allowed him to delve into the technology behind record making. Recognized for his advances in this field, Ramone ardently supported the use of the compact disc, digital video disc, hi-definition recording and surround sound. Appropriately, the first album ever pressed to CD was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, which was a Phil Ramone production. In 2004, he was a recipient of the first Grammy given for Best Surround Sound Album for Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company.

Not only is Ramone actively involved in the music industry, but he also has a great passion for concert, film, Broadway and television production. His work is included in projects such as: Flashdance, Ghostbusters, Midnight Cowboy, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert In Central Park, The Score, VH1/BBC Queen’s Jubilee Party at the Palace, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story and The Good Thief.

From his involvement in music and other forms of entertainment, Ramone joined various groups and prestigious organizations to help further the wealth of music. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), a Co-Chairman of the Producers and Engineers Wing, a board member of the National Mentoring Partnership for music education, a member of the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and a member of the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. He is also a founding member of META (The Music & Engineering Technology Alliance) and former Trustee of the MusiCares Foundation, having produced its annual pre-Grammy tribute.

Phil Ramone is currently working on the first full-album release of Canadian jazz artist Nikki Yanofsky, which will be release in 2010.

The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award, named after one of SHOF’s distinguished founders, is specifically tailored for artists or “star makers” in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period, and who recognize the importance of songs and their writers. Examples of previous Hitmaker Award recipients include Clive Davis, Garth Brooks, Chuck Berry, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross and Sir Tom Jones.

Inductees at this year’s event include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay. The prestigious Johnny Mercer Award will be present to Phil Collins.

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Re: THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby Roy » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:16 pm

Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2010 Nominees - Includes Leonard
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Roy wrote:The Songwriters Hall Of Fame will be much harder for Leonard Cohen to get inducted into because unlike the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame whose voting body consists only of people from the music industry, the voting body of the Songwriters Hall of Fame consists of both, music industry people and the public. The Songwriters Hall of Fame has a preference for non-performing songwriters, and much of the American public (who votes) still don't know or don't like Leonard Cohen or any other high echelon/pedigree songwriters. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts a lot of 50s, 60s, 70s Pop-Rock, R&B, Country, Broadway musicals and TV and movie theme songwriters. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted BON JOVI in 2009! :roll: This has to say something about the average age of the members of the public who register to vote these days. Also, in recent years, and currently, the Song Hall nominates 24 artists each year and only inducts 5. That makes it really hard for certain artists to be inducted sooner than later, but I guess that's the point--in fear of running out of nominees.

Looking at this year's nominees, there seems to be something fishy going on, which has never happened before, and it tells you something about the thought process of this year's nominating committee members. David Foster, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Dion DiMucci, Elvis Costello and U2 are all nominated for the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame. David Foster and Leonard Cohen are both Canadian and they both attended a ceremony in 2008 honoring a Canadian music industry person who had something to do with the early days of the Grammys. I can't remember who it was or what it was all about. It was either in California or British Columbia. Elvis Costello is a Leonard Cohen fan. Leonard Cohen and John Mellencamp were both inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008 and both attended. Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed were both nominated for the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame and now they are both being nominated again for the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lou Reed gave the induction speech for Leonard Cohen at the 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Lou Reed also gave the induction speech for Dion DiMucci of Dion and the Belmonts, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989 as Dion. Dion DiMucci is nominated for the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame. So four people with connections to the 2008 Rock Hall are being nominated for the 2010 Song Hall: Dion DiMucci, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen and John Mellencamp. U2 is also nominated this year. U2 are fans of Leonard Cohen and they were in the film Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man and they performed Tower of Song with Leonard Cohen. Oh, and U2 was in the video biography for Leonard Cohen at the 2008 Rock Hall induction ceremony. So that makes it 5 connections. It's as if the Song Hall did all of this on purpose!...And if both Leonard Cohen and John Mellencamp, or Lou Reed, or even U2 get inducted in 2010...Wooooooooow, a repeat of the 2008 Rock Hall. Six degrees of separation. If none of them are inducted in 2010, that's going to make things look even more strange.
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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Unveils 2010 Nominees
By Kevin Richards on October 15th, 2009

The Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced their list of nominees for 2010, a list which includes John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, and Elvis Costello. Among the non-performing songwriters on the list are Luther Dixon and Mutt Lange.

Ballots have been mailed to the SongHall membership for their vote, with the return deadline of December 11th, and the new slate of inductees will be announced next year. Three songwriters will be chosen by the membership from the Non-Performing category, and two from the Performing. The nominees are as follows (please note that the song titles listed are only intended as illustrations of the nominees work):

Non-Performer Songwriters

Tommy Boyce (d)/Bobby Hart – * Come A Little Bit Closer * I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone * I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight? * Last Train To Clarksville * Valleri

Jackie DeShannon – * Bette Davis Eyes * Breakaway * Dum Dum * Everytime You Walk In The Room * Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Luther Dixon – * Big Boss Man * Boys * I Don’t Want To Cry * Sixteen Candles * Soldier Boy

David Foster – * After The Love Is Gone * I Have Nothing * Look What You’ve Done To Me * The Prayer * You’re The Inspiration

Mark James – * (You Were) Always On My Mind * Eyes Of A New York Woman * Hooked On A Feeling * Moody Blue * Suspicious Minds

Robert John “Mutt” Lange – * Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car * Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman * (Everything I Do) I Do It For You * Photograph * That Don’t Impress Me Much

Johnny Mandel – * A Time For Love * Emily * Suicide Is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H*) * The Shadow Of Your Smile * Where Do You Start?

Jerry Ragovoy/Bert Berns (d) – * Cry Baby * Here Comes The Night * Pata Pata * Piece Of My Heart * Time Is On My Side

Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones – * Much More * My Cup Runneth Over * Soon It’s Gonna Rain * They Were You * Try To Remember

Billy Sherrill – * Almost Persuaded * Every Time * Most Beautiful * My Elusive Dreams * Stand By Your Man

Joe South – * Down In The Boondocks * Games People Play * Hush * I Never Promised You A Rose Garden * Walk A Mile In My Shoes

Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss – * Catch A Falling Star * Dommage Dommage * Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini * Playground In My Mind * She Lets Her Hair Down

Performer/Songwriters

Bono (Paul Hewson)/The Edge (David Evans)/Adam Clayton/Larry Mullen (U2)- * Beautiful Day * I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For * New Year’s Day * Sunday, Bloody Sunday * Where The Streets Have No Name

Garth Brooks – * If Tomorrow Never Comes * Papa Loved Mama * The Thunder Rolls * What She’s Doin’ Now * Unanswered Prayers

Leonard Cohen – * Bird On The Wire * Hallelujah * Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye * So Long Marianne * Suzanne

Elvis Costello – * Accidents Will Happen * Alison * Radio, Radio * Pump It Up * Watching The Detectives

Dion DiMucci – * Born to Cry * Donna The Prima Donna * King Of The New York Streets * Love Came To Me * Runaround Sue

David Gates (Bread)- * Baby I’m-a Want You * Diary * Everything I Own * If * Make It With You

Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) - * Moonshadow * Morning Has Broken * Peace Train * The First Cut Is The Deepest * Wild World

Tommy James – * Crimson And Clover * Crystal Blue Persuasion * Draggin’ The Line * I Think We’re Alone Now * Mony, Mony

John Mellencamp – * Jack And Diane * Lonely Ol’ Night * Pink Houses * Small Town * The Authority Song

Lou Reed – * Heroin * Pale Blue Eyes * Rock & Roll * Sweet Jane * Walk On The Wild Side

Leon Russell- * A Song For You * Delta Lady * Superstar * This Masquerade * Tight Rope

Maurice White/Philip Bailey/Verdine White/Larry Dunn/Al McKay (Earth, Wind and Fire) – * Reasons * September * Shining Star * Sing A Song * That’s The Way Of The World

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame: The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 40 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Desmond Child, Loretta Lynn, John Sebastian, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Dolly Parton, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cy Coleman and many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Virtual Museum at http://songwritershalloffame.org/.
MaryB wrote:And my two choices from the performers category would be;
1) Leonard Cohen
2) Leonard Cohen

C'mon, Tommy James? Wrote such wonderful lyrics ie., Crimson and Clover, Mony Mony... :roll: :roll: :roll: On the same list as LC?
sturgess66 wrote:
MaryB wrote:And my two choices from the performers category would be;
1) Leonard Cohen
2) Leonard Cohen

C'mon, Tommy James? Wrote such wonderful lyrics ie., Crimson and Clover, Mony Mony... :roll: :roll: :roll: On the same list as LC?
Ditto, ditto, ditto. :D
sturgess66 wrote:Wonderful news!!

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 74202.html
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010 Inductee Announcement

2010 Awards Ceremony Event To Induct Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David announced today. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, returns for its highly anticipated 41st annual induction and awards dinner, scheduled for Thursday, June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Special award honorees will be announced at a later date.

"Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world's Popular Music soundtrack," commented Chairman/CEO Hal David. "We are looking forward to another memorable evening where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments."

Leonard Cohen:

Leonard Cohen received the Grammy 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his legendary career of artistic accomplishments in songwriting and performing. Over 2,000 covers of Cohen's songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake's rendition of "Hallelujah" that appeared on Cohen's 1984 Various Positions album. Cohen always had an interest in music, but it wasn't until 1966 that his focus turned to songwriting after gaining international recognition for his poetry. Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful "Suzanne" to Judy Collins which later was included on his debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with "Sisters of Mercy," and "So Long, Marianne." His next two albums, Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate solidified Cohen's iconic status with "Bird on a Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat." His multidimensional lyrics have captured fans spanning generations and nationalities for decades. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008) for his outstanding work. Cohen's world tour, which inaugurated in May 2008, is still playing to sold-out crowds.


Jackie DeShannon:

Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon is best known as the soulful voice behind two of the 1960s most enduring, era-defining anthems – Burt Bacharach & Hal David's "What The World Needs Now Is Love" and DeShannon's own "Put A Little Love In Your Heart." Her songs have been performed by such artists as Al Green, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison, Brenda Lee, The Carpenters, The Temptations, Marianne Faithfull, The Searchers, Ella Fitzgerald and Bruce Springsteen. In the early 1960s, Jackie partnered with Sharon Sheeley on dozens of songs ("Dum Dum," "The Great Imposter," "Breakaway," "You Won't Forget Me"). Collaborations followed with Randy Newman, Jack Nitzsche, Jimmy Page and John Bettis. In 1964, Jackie toured as an opening act for the Beatles. Writing solo, she composed the hits "When You Walk In The Room" and "Come And Stay With Me." She earned a million-seller in 1969 with "Put A Little Love In Your Heart," written with Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. DeShannon won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1982 for "Bette Davis Eyes" with writing partner Donna Weiss.

David Foster:

To say that everything David Foster touches turns to gold—and usually platinum—would be an understatement. This stunningly talented songwriter is a 15-time Grammy Award winner with an unprecedented 46 nominations, a recipient of seven Juno Awards, an Emmy Award in 2004 and a three-time Oscar nominee, all over the course of four extraordinarily successful decades. Foster's career path soared in the 1980's as he produced and wrote an extraordinary lineup of No. 1 singles, including Chicago's "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," Peter Cetera's "The Glory of Love," and John Parr's "Man in Motion" (St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack). In 2007 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Foster has worked with the biggest and best talents in the music industry, including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble', Seal, Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and many more. Iconic songs in the Foster catalog include "After The Love Is Gone," "I Have Nothing," "Look What You've Done To Me," "The Prayer" and "You're The Inspiration." Foster recently produced two top ten albums on the Billboard Top 200 Chart - Michael Buble' ("Crazy Love") and Andrea Bocelli ("My Christmas).

Johnny Mandel:

Johnny Mandel, the five-time Grammy recipient and Oscar and Emmy Award winner is a composer, arranger, instrumentalist and record producer living a life totally steeped in musical achievement. As a teenager, Mandel was a member of Joe Venuti's orchestra, followed by employment as a player and/or arranger in bands led by Henry Jerome, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Artie Shaw. In the late 1940s and early 50s, Mandel was an arranger and composer for radio and the new medium of TV. At the same time, he played trombone and wrote arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra. The West Coast recording scene beckoned Johnny in 1954 where he began arranging sessions for stars like Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Jo Stafford, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker and Andy Williams. Hollywood film assignments began coming in for Mandel as well, beginning with the all-Jazz score he composed for I Want to Live in 1958. Many Mandel film scores have followed, among them The Americanization of Emily, The Sandpiper, M*A*S*H*, Being There and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. Mandel-composed standards include "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Emily," "Where Do You Start?" and "Close Enough for Love." In recent years, Mandel's career has continued to flourish as he has remained busy producing and arranging recordings for Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and, most recently, for Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, among many others.

Earth, Wind & Fire:

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and commercially invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century. Members Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay are known for their signature sound of fusing Pop, R&B, Rock, Latin, Funk, Jazz and African Music to win numerous awards. Earth, Wind & Fire has received 20 Grammy nominations; winning six as a group and its founding members, Maurice White and Philip Bailey, winning two awards each. The band was also awarded the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Signature Governor's Award. Earth, Wind & Fire have earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and have sold over 90 million albums worldwide. They have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2000) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1995). The music industry and fans have bestowed Lifetime Achievement honors from ASCAP (Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award - 2002), NAACP (Hall of Fame - 1994) and the BET Awards (Life Time Achievement Award 2002). Two Earth, Wind & Fire classic songs have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame: "That's The Way of The World" (2004) and "Shining Star" (2007). Earth, Wind & Fire have 12 American Music Awards nominations and four awards. The band is also known as having been the first African-American performers to sell out Madison Square Garden and to receive the MSG Gold Ticket Award. President Obama invited the band to perform at the White House for the first social event of the new administration. Through the decades their songs have been covered by recording artists such as Jerry Garcia Band, D'Angelo, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and many others.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 41 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Desmond Child, Loretta Lynn, John Sebastian, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Dolly Parton, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cy Coleman and many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Virtual Museum at http://songwritershalloffame.org/.

The mission of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with giving members the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy: http://songhall.org/join

Ticket Information:

Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.

SOURCE Songwriters Hall of Fame

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sturgess66 wrote:Oh this is such wonderful news - here's another article - Hallelujah!!

http://top40.about.com/b/2010/02/16/leo ... uctees.htm
Leonard Cohen, David Foster, and Jackie DeShannon Among 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees
Tuesday February 16, 2010

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The honorees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 41st annual induction ceremony have been announced. They are Leonard Cohen, David Foster, Jackie Deshannon, Johnny Mandel, and Earth Wind and Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay. The ceremony and dinner will take place June 17, 2010 in New York City. Chairman and CEO Hal David said, "Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world's popular music soundtrack."

Leonard Cohen is riding a wave of what might be the highest popularity of his long career. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award this year. His song "Hallelujah" has achieved powerful popularity in a wide number of versions in recent years. His songs have been covered by other artists over 2,000 times. Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Among David Foster's iconic songwriting and production achievements are Chicago's "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," Peter Cetera's "The Glory of Love," and John Parr's "Man in Motion." He is the winner of 15 Grammy Awards, and he has been nominated 46 times. His most recent hit album productions are Michael Buble's Crazy Love and Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas.

Jackie DeShannon is best known for writing "Put a Little Love In Your Heart" in the 1960s and co-writing the massive hit single "Bette Davis Eyes" which was a #1 smash for Kim Carnes in the 1980s. As a bit of pop music trivia, she was an opening act on tour with the Beatles in 1964.

* Watch Leonard Cohen sing "Hallelujah"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q

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Photo of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Winter / Getty Images
sturgess66 wrote:Another article - from UPI - with a nice picture of Leonard -

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/M ... 266354573/
Cohen set for Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) --

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Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon and David Foster are among those to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, it was announced in New York.

Also on the roster of 2010 inductees are Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay.

SHOF chairman and chief executive officer Hal David announced the names of the inductees Tuesday.

The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, is scheduled to hold its 41st annual induction and awards dinner June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

"Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world's popular music soundtrack," David said in a statement. "We are looking forward to another memorable evening where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments."
And another -Pollstar -
http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... um=twitter

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2010 Inductees
Posted on Tuesday February 16, 2010 at 12:01 PM Add |

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Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon and David Foster are just a few of the folks being honored this year by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The complete list of inductees after the jump. This year’s inductees list is pretty impressive, although we’re betting that many people probably thought Cohen was already a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. What with classic compositions like “Suzanne,” “Bird On A Wire” and “Hallelujah,” it’s a wonder the Hall didn’t induct him sooner.
sturgess66 wrote:I'm posting another article with the same news because - pictures and video? The ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Thursday, June 17th.

There are 6-7 videos at the link - and a gallery of pictures - like -

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From ContactMusic.com
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/st ... ur_1132400
17 February 2010 01:36

LEONARD COHEN - COHEN, FOSTER AND EARTH, WIND & FIRE UP FOR HALL OF FAME HONOUR

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COHEN, FOSTER AND EARTH, WIND & FIRE UP FOR HALL OF FAME HONOUR

LEONARD COHEN and producer/composer DAVID FOSTER will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2010.
The 75-year-old Bird On A Wire singer has endured a difficult few months after collapsing onstage in Spain last year (09) and postponing a string of European concerts earlier this month (Feb10) to recover from a sports-related injury, but he will be saluted by the prestigious organisation this summer, when he joins Foster and Earth, Wind & Fire members Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White among the songwriting inductees.
Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mandel, Larry Dunn and Al MCKay will also be honoured at the gala.

Hall of Fame chairman Hal David says, "Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world's popular music soundtrack.
"We are looking forward to another memorable evening, where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments."
The class of 2010 will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on 17 June during a ceremony in New York.

17 February 2010 01:36
sturgess66 wrote:Nothing new here - really - but - it's the picture that causes me to post yet another article. :lol: Credits go to Lorca Cohen for this picture of Leonard Cohen - "unshaven." :D

Article in AmericanSongwriters.com
http://www.americansongwriter.com/2010/ ... inductees/
Leonard Cohen Leads Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductees
By Kevin Richards on February 17th, 2010

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(Photo: Lorca Cohen)

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their inductees for 2010.

The list of nominees included Lou Reed and Garth Brooks; however, the final inductee list has been narrowed down to Leonard Cohen, David Foster (”The Glory Of Love”), Jackie DeShannon (”What The World Needs Now Is Love”), Johnny Mandel (”Close Enough For Love”) and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay.

The 41st annual induction and awards dinner will happen June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Want to go? Make sure you’ve got your finances in order: ticket prices for the event start at $1,000 dollars (proceeds benefit the Songwriters Hall of Fame).

“Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world’s Popular Music soundtrack,” says Chairman/CEO Hal David. “We are looking forward to another memorable evening where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments.”

From the press release:

Leonard Cohen:

Leonard Cohen received the Grammy 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his legendary career of artistic accomplishments in songwriting and performing. Over 2,000 covers of Cohen’s songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake’s rendition of “Hallelujah” that appeared on Cohen’s 1984 Various Positions album. Cohen always had an interest in music, but it wasn’t until 1966 that his focus turned to songwriting after gaining international recognition for his poetry. Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful “Suzanne” to Judy Collins which later was included on his debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.” His next two albums, Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate solidified Cohen’s iconic status with “Bird on a Wire” and “Famous Blue Raincoat.” His multidimensional lyrics have captured fans spanning generations and nationalities for decades. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008) for his outstanding work. Cohen’s world tour, which inaugurated in May 2008, is still playing to sold-out crowds.

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[Go to link to see rest of inductees]
Roy wrote:FROM CBC NEWS

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2010 ... oster.html

Cohen, Foster get songwriting honours

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Montreal-born singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and Canadian producer David Foster are to be admitted to the U.S.-based Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.

The virtual Hall of Fame honours the best composers and lyricists around the world.

Cohen, who received a lifetime achievement Grammy earlier this year, was cited for songs such as Suzanne, Bird on a Wire and Famous Blue Raincoat. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Foster, a 15-time Grammy Award winner originally from Victoria, is known for his work with a pantheon of pop's biggest stars. He also wrote songs such as Chicago's Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Peter Cetera's The Glory of Love and John Parr's Man in Motion. Foster was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in 2007.

Other songwriters to be admitted:

Jackie DeShannon, who wrote for singers from Ella Fitzgerald to Marianne Faithfull, and is known for her song Put A Little Love In Your Heart.
Johnny Mandel, who wrote for Count Basie, Artie Shaw and others of the swing era, and created songs such as The Shadow of Your Smile, Emily and Close Enough for Love.
Earth, Wind & Fire, the rock and funk band fronted by Maurice White and known for songs such as That's The Way of The World and Shining Star.

The induction ceremony is set for June 17 in New York.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2010 ... z0fuuAOJIP

FROM BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

http://www.billboard.com/#/news/leonard ... 8393.story

Leonard Cohen To Enter Hall of Fame

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Among those up for enshrinement in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year are Leonard Cohen, key members of Earth, Wind & Fire, and producer-composer David Foster.

Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White are being honored in addition to Foster and Cohen.

Also up for honors are Johnny Mandel, Jackie DeShannon, Larry Dunn and Al McKay. The Hall of Fame celebrates composers and lyricists. The ceremony is set for June 17 in New York City.
musicmania wrote:Excellent news and well deserved :D
mnkyface wrote:WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
ladydi wrote:This is such exciting news! The honours just keep rolling in for Leonard...and all are so well-deserved! :D :D
IrishMar wrote:I am just thrilled to hear this news! :D

Marie
TheSpice-BoxOfEarth wrote:HALLELUJAH!!! :D :D This is wonderful news, he so deserves it! :D
Mabeanie1 wrote:I feel quite ambivalent about awards like this. There is absolutely no doubt that Leonard's Grammy and induction in to the SHOF are well deserved and long overdue - but having ignored him and his talents for so long, aren't they all just jumping on the bandwagon???? Where were they all BEFORE Leonard became the biggest worldwide touring phenomenon of the last 2 years? At least the Canadian SHOF pre-dated his comeback and was simply the latest in a long line of awards to recognise his contribution.

Wendy
sturgess66 wrote:Well - IMO - they can just keep jumping on those bandwagons. :lol: :lol: It is not kudos to them - it is kudos to Leonard! :D :D

And here are two more for them to jump on - :lol: -

It’s time for Leonard Cohen’s magnificent “Hallelujah” to be ushered into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

“The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Award was established by The Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.”

http://www.grammy.org/Recording_Academy ... l_Of_Fame/

And it's time for the remarkable Leonard Cohen to be invited to become a Kennedy Center Honoree.

“Throughout the years, the Kennedy Center Honors has upheld a tradition of recognizing the lifelong accomplishments and extraordinary talents of our nations’ most-prestigious artists.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Center_Honors
burningviolin wrote:Here's to a cluttered mantlepiece! :D
lizzytysh wrote:LOLOLOLOL ~ I LOVED that BV!!! SO True~~!!!

Thanks for posting this, sturgess 8) .

It's a breathtakingly GORGEOUS photo of Leonard at sturgess's Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:38 pm posting!!

Oh dear, our Yankovic/Roy may be disappointed in not having been the one to introduce this GREAT news here! He must be offline somewhere for it to have gotten in before he could do it himself. Such a faithful follower and promoter of Leonard's eventual getting of every award available and possible!

Meanwhile, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, Leonard :D !!!
LisaLCFan wrote:Right on!!!! It's about time that Our Man is more widely recognised for his brilliance! :D
mutti wrote:This is such wonderful news! How exciting and well deserved...really well deserved...
I bow to the grace of this incredible man...
Mutti (Leslie)
MaryB wrote:YIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! This is sooooooo thrilling!!!
B4real wrote:Well the awards just keep rolling in for Leonard. I always say there are no coincidences - everything happens for a reason. Good things really do come to those who wait (or don't expect it). This is just Leonard's time to shine for all the world to see at last :D
B4real wrote:Thanks Linda,

I was just about to edit my post to ask those very questions - I think you must be a mind-reader :shock: :lol: :lol:
Vicomte wrote:I know that all of us on here are fans of Leonard but on looking through the previous persons who have previously been awarded this accolade and so like Wendy, I am somewhat bemused that Leonard has waited this long to be accepted. Bizarre in the least surely?.

Certainly deserved, shame it wasn't long before some others were inducted (dare I mention the Bee Gees :lol: )
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BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8519545.stm

Leonard Cohen honoured in Songwriters Hall of Fame

Cohen received a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys last month
Canadian singer Leonard Cohen will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, it has been announced.

Famous for such songs as Chelsea Hotel and Hallelujah, the 75-year-old will receive his accolade at a ceremony in New York on 17 June.

Earth, Wind and Fire members Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White will be honoured at the same event.

Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates composers and lyricists and has over 300 inductees.

The body "honours those whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world's popular music songbook".

Contribution

Producer and composer David Foster also joins the honour roll this year, as do composer Johnny Mandel and singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon.

Former Earth, Wind and Fire guitarist Al McKay and their ex-keyboardist Larry Dunn will also be recognised.

Cohen's latest honour follows the lifetime achievement award he received at the Grammys last month.

The veteran performer recently announced he was postponing a scheduled tour of Europe for six months because of a back injury.

Cohen has given almost 200 concerts around the world since he returned to touring in 2008 after more than a decade's absence.

HOLLAND http://www.nu.nl/cultuur/2186775/cohen- ... -fame.html

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Cohen in Songwriters Hall of Fame
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AMSTERDAM - De naam van de Leonard Cohen wordt opgenomen in de Songwriters Hall of Fame. De 75-jarige zanger neemt zijn prijs 17 juni in ontvangst tijdens een ceremonie in New York.
© ANPDat meldt de Britse omroep BBC.

Andere tekstschrijvers die dezelfde eer te beurt valt zijn Maurice White, Philip Bailey en Verdine White van Earth, Wind and Fire.

De Songwriters Hall of Fame werd in 1969 in het leven geroepen en inmiddels zijn ruim driehonderd namen aan de eregalerij toegevoegd.

Cohen, onder meer bekend van nummers als Suzanne, Chelsea Hotel en Hallelujah, ontving tijdens de laatste Grammy-uitreiking al een lifetime achievement award.

Na een rustpauze van tien jaar keerde de Canadees in 2008 terug in de schijnwerpers. Sindsdien heeft hij wereldwijd tweehonderd concerten gegeven.

© Novum

phillip wrote:well deserved:)
Roy wrote:I really hope Leonard doesn't recite Tower of Song as a part of his induction speech at the Song Hall. The first time at the Rock Hall was great. The second time at the Grammys made you think of the Rock Hall. It just felt cheap, like okay, you said that already. I don't know, It just didn't feel right. I'm pretty sure the people who atteneded both ceremonies got the same feeling.

Don't expect Lou Reed to give the induction speech this time, or Damien Rice to perform. This is a different crowd from the Rock Hall, but not that different. Don't be surprised if James Taylor, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, Anne Murray or K.D. Lang give the induction speech and performance.

I am so excited to see David Foster being inducted the same year as Leonard Cohen because it gives me hope that Peter Cetera will give the induction speech for Foster and perform with Foster as well. Leonard Cohen and Peter Cetera: my favorite writer and favorite voice, together in the same room. :shock: 8) I hope they pose together for a picture as well. Peter Cetera gave the induction speech for Paul Anka (another Canadian) 18 years ago. I'm hoping that Chicago will finally be inducted into both the Song Hall and the Rock Hall next year!!
sturgess66 wrote:
Roy wrote:I really hope Leonard doesn't recite Tower of Song as a part of his induction speech at the Song Hall. The first time at the Rock Hall was great. The second time at the Grammys made you think of the Rock Hall. It just felt cheap, like okay, you said that already. I don't know, It just didn't feel right. I'm pretty sure the people who atteneded both ceremonies got the same feeling.

Don't expect Lou Reed to give the induction speech this time, or Damien Rice to perform. This is a different crowd from the Rock Hall, but not that different. Don't be surprised if James Taylor, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, Anne Murray or K.D. Lang give the induction speech and performance.

I am so excited to see David Foster being inducted the same year as Leonard Cohen because it gives me hope that Peter Cetera will give the induction speech for Foster and perform with Foster as well. Leonard Cohen and Peter Cetera: my favorite writer and favorite voice, together in the same room. :shock: 8) I hope they pose together for a picture as well. Peter Cetera gave the induction speech for Paul Anka (another Canadian) 18 years ago. I'm hoping that Chicago will finally be inducted into both the Song Hall and the Rock Hall next year!!
I was just looking at the SHOF website. There is a big red carpet affair - and I realized that there would be performances - people honoring the inductees!! :lol: :lol: :D :D :D 8) 8) 8) And I hope that this is televised - on a station that I can see on MY TV! Or, streamed on the internet!

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/793

For example -
Timeless and iconic folk rock powerhouse Crosby, Stills & Nash were presented their induction award by another folk rock icon, James Taylor, who serenaded the rapt audience with a classic CSN medley that took everyone back in time. The gems included "Love The One You're With," "Long Time Gone" and "Teach Your Children."
We just heard k d lang sing "Hallelujah" again - and I am sort of hoping that "others" will be chosen to honor Leonard. I wouldn't mind seeing Willie Nelson again. :D And hey - I just watched a video on YouTube of Billy Joel singing "Light As The Breeze" - well I "listened" because it is a recording - not a live performance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJXZmgbryQ4

It would be great if some of the very many wonderful Leonard Cohen songs were given a performance - besides the magnificent "Hallelujah" - although ...
Roy wrote:The Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremonies used to be televised on BRAVO, but they haven't been televised at all in the past few years. I don't think they will be televised this year either. The ceremony doesn't get played on the internet either.

Videos of past induction ceremonies:

Loretta Lynn 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfPrOvhR ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvUxXPSWv6k

Albert Hammond 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmV_1-uqdhM

These are from BRAVO:

Queen's induction speech and performances - Inducted by Wynona Judd in 2003
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9lCe-YihCs Crazy Little Thing Called Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcEMUWuj1Q4 We Will Rock You

Pink performing Me and Bobby McGee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsoxuKhYZeY

Billy Joel video bio, but not for his induction. This is for another award he got from the Song Hall.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fUZ2WyMSf8
sturgess66 wrote:
jdhayes wrote:And he got another Meteor award yesterday for best international performer in Ireland in 2009! Second year in a row. We hope he will be back to make it three in a row!!! Hope springs eternal in the human breast!
Thanks jdhayes!! Congratulations to Leonard Cohen and his troupe!! Here are links with mention -

http://swearimnotpaul.blogspot.com/2010 ... nners.html
http://www.ireland.com/goingout/Meteor_ ... ews/S41949
Best International Live Performance - Leonard Cohen, Kilmainham
Roy -
Roy wrote:The Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremonies used to be televised on BRAVO, but they haven't been televised at all in the past few years. I don't think they will be televised this year either. The ceremony doesn't get played on the internet either.
:cry: :cry: :roll: :roll: :shock: :shock: :cry: :cry:

And - okay - I'll speculate some more about who might honor Leonard. :D I already mentioned Willie Nelson. And Billy Joel. And in another thread I said that Paul Simon would be lovely.

And both Billy Joel (not an inductee) and Paul Simon are already in New York - unless they are "away." :lol:

But if someone does cover "Hallelujah" I would love to see/hear Bob Dylan - since Leonard himself has said that when no one else was interested in the song, Bob Dylan was out there covering it. 8)

Joni Mitchell ...

Here is a link that gives the inductees -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:S ... _inductees
Roy wrote:Billy Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, as were Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
holydove wrote:Sturgess66, thank you for keeping us informed with your posts of wonderful articles with wondeful news, and for the GORGEOUS photos and videos!

And a BIG congratulations to Leonard - it's been said before, but I'll say it again - bandwagon or no bandwagon - IT'S ABOUT TIME! Whatever their motives are, I'm very glad that the interest of these organizations, in Leonard's astounding work, is no longer so "modest"!

May Our Beloved Man forever be showered with praise and recognition!
sturgess66 wrote:
Roy wrote:Billy Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, as were Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Billy Joel's name was not on the list - the link that I posted. At least I don't see it. :shock: I guess they should update it???? Elton John is there as is Bernie Taupin.
Roy wrote:You're better off checking the names of all the inductees on the Songwriters Hall of Fame website

http://songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/era

http://www.songhall.org

http://www.songwritershalloffame.org
Evie B wrote:Thought the natural interpretation of 'songwriter' is someone who writes the words of songs! How can Elton John be a songwriter? He never writes the words, he puts words others have written to music, Bernie Taupin, Tim Rice, and so on.

Am I wrong, does anyone know if Elton wrote the words to any of his famous recordings?

Evie B
sturgess66 wrote:I just put that question to Google, Evie - and it seems someone else had asked the same question a couple of years ago at Yahoo Ask!

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 048AACv5Vf

The answer is " a few" - just a few.
Roy wrote:Music writers get inducted too, not just the lyricists.
sturgess66 wrote:
Roy wrote:We'll have to wait and see if this year's ceremony will be televised or streamed on the internet. I'll call and ask the Song Hall as well this week.
Well that is more encouraging Roy. :D I thought you had posted earlier that it would not be televised - and not streamed on the internet! :cry: Depressing!

I did send an email to both the SHOF and Bravo to inquire - and really don't expect much response - but it occurred to me to try and call tomorrow as well. The SHOF site is very awkward.

I sure hope we can get to see the ceremonies!
Roy wrote:The Songwriters Hall of Fame has only been a "virtual museum" as they put it, since 1969. They have induction ceremonies. Then they place the names of inductees in a book somewhere in their offices. They don't have a physical songwriters hall of fame museum building, but supposedly they are working on one to be built and openned sometime in the future in New York. Not sure when yet! Their website also lists all the inductees in their "virtual" museum section. Click on it and see.
sturgess66 wrote:This is the response I received to my email to SHOF:
Unfortunately, as far as we know, the event will not be televised this year, but it's shaping up to be one of our most memorable. Stay tuned to our songhall.org website for all of the latest news on performers and presenters as we get confirmations.

Thank you for your interest!
So - that is not encouraging at all that we will be able to see the event. :cry: :cry:
Roy wrote:Yes, I just called April Anderson at the Song Hall and she told me the ceremony will not be televised or streamed on the internet this year. All we will get is pictures from the media and videos on Youtube from people who attended the ceremony and used their own video cameras to record.
sturgess66 wrote:
Roy wrote:Yes, I just called April Anderson at the Song Hall and she told me the ceremony will not be televised or streamed on the internet this year. All we will get is pictures from the media and videos on Youtube from people who attended the ceremony and used their own video cameras to record.
It was April Anderson who sent the email. Roy - did you ask her why - or if there is any possibility that this may change (it has been televised in the past)? What a shame!

Also - will you be attending - with a camera - that would concentrate on the Leonard Cohen portion - or do you know anyone who will? :D
Roy wrote:They are just not interested in having it televised anymore. You have to have Songwriters Hall of Fame membership in order to be able to buy tickets to attend the ceremony. Only those who voted, their guests, the inductees and their guests get to attend, and obviously the people who run the Song Hall. I didn't have $1000.00 to pay to become a voting member, but now I don't need it. I won't be attending. The ceremony does actually get videotaped every year by professionals, just as a recorded history, but it does not get televised every year. Media people are there. The inductees are interviewed when they walk in on the red carpet and when they walk out, and you will get to see those interviews on the Song Halls website and somehow, some of them end up on Youtube, courtesy of the people from the media videotaping I guess. I don't know if Leonard will want to be asked questions at the ceremony. He declined answering any questions from the media when he was being photographed with his trophy backstage at the Rock Hall induction ceremony.
sturgess66 wrote:
Roy wrote:They are just not interested in having it televised anymore. You have to have Songwriters Hall of Fame membership in order to be able to buy tickets to attend the ceremony. Only those who voted, their guests, the inductees and their guests get to attend, and obviously the people who run the Song Hall. I didn't have $1000.00 to pay to become a voting member, but now I don't need it. I won't be attending. The ceremony does actually get videotaped every year by professionals, just as a recorded history, but it does not get televised every year. Media people are there. The inductees are interviewed when they walk in on the red carpet and when they walk out, and you will get to see those interviews on the Song Halls website and somehow, some of them end up on Youtube, courtesy of the people from the media videotaping I guess. I don't know if Leonard will want to be asked questions at the ceremony. He declined answering any questions from the media when he was being photographed with his trophy backstage at the Rock Hall induction ceremony.
Well - I am tenaciously back here again with questions. :lol: :lol: Who is "they" - that are not interested in having it televised anymore? Would that be the SHOF people - or is that NBC who is not interested in broadcasting the event (Bravo is NBC)? And is it SHOF who hire professionals to videotape it? And why are those videotapes not made more readily available to the public to see? (I have scoured the SHOF website). It is hard to fathom why the SHOF people would not want the ceremonies to be televised. :roll: :roll: It does seem to be a big NYC event - and certainly the inductees are high profile in the entertainment industry. Some rhetorical questions - but some not and probably I should direct these questions to Ms. April Anderson. :lol: :lol: But it really is annoying - especially given all the "stuff" that is made available on the television that I do not want to see. :cry:

In any event, once again, congratulations to Leonard Cohen. That Leonard is being honored and attending will only make the event this year all the more notable and prestigious. I hope he has a pleasant trip and enjoyable visit in New York City. :lol: :lol: And I hope that somewhere, we get to see some video of Leonard Cohen at this event, and people who honor him! I'm sure we will at least have Getty images -

http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Searc ... ork%20City
Roy wrote:"They" are the Songwriters Hall of Fame people who don't want it televised. I don't know who records the ceremony. Associated Press?

You can watch interviews with past inductees at past ceremonies here:

http://songhall.org/video/members

Here are the YouTube results

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... type=&aq=f

Unlike the Rock Hall ceremony, for the Song Hall we will get a group picture of all the inductees together. So you will get to see a picture of Leonard Cohen standing with Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire. I'm surprised David Foster has never produced a Leonard Cohen album. I wonder if David Foster is even a fan of Leonard Cohen.

You can see photos from last year's ceremony directly on the Song Hall's site

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/793
Quasand wrote:Oh Goody! :D Leonard Cohen and David Foster in the same year!
Joe Way wrote:Congratulations to Leonard and thank you to those who have posted links to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame site. It is such a diverse collection of individuals ranging from Woody Guthrie & Huddie Ledbetter to Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Events and ceremonies of this nature do help us to step back a little bit from the area of personal taste to appreciate the commonalities that link these broad categories together. I grew up as a big fan of the Kingston Trio and I'll never forget watching a Grammy's ceremony many years later where an '80's "hair" band was being honored (I'm sorry I don't remember who it was) and during their acceptance speech, they thanked Dave Guard who was a founding member of the trio who left the group but continued to work in the music industry. It was shocking to me at the time as I never would have associated the two entities together.

It was also interesting reading about the "Moon River" award given to Andy Williams last year and how in his acceptance speech, he spoke of how the song was performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" but Williams sang the song at the Academy Awards ceremony and he immediately "owned" it. He speaks of how important the song is to the career of the singer. It reminds me of how Leonard's songs have helped advance the careers of notable people such as Judy Collins and Jeff Buckley. It also reminds me of the line from Yeats "How can we tell the dancer from the dance?"

Joe
rosered51 wrote:It's about time.
Roy wrote:LINK TO THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCING THE 2010 INDUCTEES

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/947
KjeXXXer wrote:Leonard's induction is great news.

Justin Timberlake covering Hallelujah is NOT.
Roy wrote:The Songwriters Hall of Fame has special awards called the Towering Song and the Towering Performance.
http://songwritershalloffame.org/ceremony/awards/C3006
http://songwritershalloffame.org/ceremony/awards/C3008

Imagine if Leonard Cohen's Tower of Song got these 2 special awards along with his induction. Highly unlikely!

ABOUT THE AWARD
The Towering Performance
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PAST RECIPIENTS
2009 Andy Williams
2005 Bill Medley

ABOUT THE AWARD
The Towering Song Award honors outstanding songs by writers who may not have an extensive catalog of hits and who have not been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Examples include "As Time Goes By," "The Christmas Song," "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Happy Birthday."

PAST RECIPIENTS
2009 Moon River
2008 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
2006 When the Saints Go Marching In
2005 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
2004 What the World Needs Now is Love
2003 “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”
2002 “You’re A Grand Old Flag”
2001 “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”
2000 “You Are My Sunshine”
2000 “All Of Me”
1999 “Fly Me To The Moon”
1998 “The Christmas Song”
1997 “How High The Moon”
1996 “Happy Birthday To You”
1995 “As Time Goes By”
sturgess66 wrote:I would say not too likely - because he is being inducted into the SHOF - although the names of both those categories sound good! As for an extensive catalog - he definitely has a beyond-extensive catalog - and as for catalog of hits - well I think he does (of course, for me they are all hits). :D :D :D He is definitely not a one-hit wonder.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Towering Song Award honors outstanding songs by writers who may not have an extensive catalog of hits and who have not been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Examples include "As Time Goes By," "The Christmas Song," "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Happy Birthday."
Roy wrote:
lizzytysh wrote:Oh dear, our Yankovic/Roy may be disappointed in not having been the one to introduce this GREAT news here! He must be offline somewhere for it to have gotten in before he could do it himself. Such a faithful follower and promoter of Leonard's eventual getting of every award available and possible!
Well not every award, just Halls of Fames, Walks of Fames, and Government Honors and Orders, all with bios. I made no mention of the 2 Grammys that Leonard has won on the Halls of Fame site, because those were just regular awards, not inductions. A Grammy for Herbie Hancock's Joni Mitchell tribute album and the lifetime achievement Grammy. The Grammy Hall of Fame only inducts certain songs by certain artists and not the artists themselves for their whole body of work. So I would not include that induction on the Halls of Fame site either if any of Leonard's songs ever get inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Grammy Hall of Fame

http://www.grammy.org/Recording_Academy ... l_Of_Fame/

3 more to go: The Kennedy Center Honors, The Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame. Maybe a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and Knighthood too! :D They come with bios as well.
Roy wrote:EMAIL FROM JIM DEVLAN
jim devlin wrote:roy - i see 3 errors:
debut album in 1967 is 'Songs of Leonard Cohen', no 'The'.
i don't think they've reached 2000+ covers yet - tho' pretty close!
'Bird on the wire' is the SONG, 'Bird on a wire' is the 1972 tour doc. directed by Tony Palmer.
Jim
Over 2,000 covers of Cohen’s songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake’s rendition of “Hallelujah” that appeared on Cohen’s 1984 Various Positions album.
Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful “Suzanne” to Judy Collins which later was included on his debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.”
Not phrased correctly. I obviously will have these fixed and posted properly on the HALLS OF FAME site.
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Postby Roy » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:58 pm

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME NEWS SECTION: http://www.songhall.org/news

Well now the Songwriters Hall of Fame is going back and doing something they have not done since the 70s and 80s--inducting dead people. They've inducted dead songwriters before, but not from the Rock 'n' Roll era, well actually yes (Freddie Mercury of Queen). They inducted dead songwriters from the Early American Song period (1600-1879) and Tin Pan Alley (1880-1953). The posthumous inductees were nominated and voted on by a separate committee at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The public doesn't get to vote on this one.

Here are the complete lists of inductees from Early American, Tin Pan Alley and Rock 'n' Roll:

http://songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/era

The fishiness continues!: Laura Nyro, who was nominated for the 2010 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and lost, is now being inducted into the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame, and songwriter Jesse Stone, who was inducted into the 2010 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the non-performers category, is now being inducted into the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame as well. All I have to say is WOW! - Leonard Cohen and Laura Nyro in the same year.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/974

First Slate Of Posthumous Songwriters To Be Inducted

This year, in an effort to honor those songwriters who are deceased, the Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Tom Adair & Matt Dennis, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Sunny Skylar and Jesse Stone.

Lyricist Tom Adair (1913 – 1988) and composer Matt Dennis (1914 - 2004) teamed up to write “Let’s Get Away From It All,” “Everything Happens to Me” and “The Night We Called It a Day,” three of the most memorable songs recorded by Frank Sinatra during his stint as vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the early 1940s. Adair,a native of Kansas, was a frustrated songwriter in Los Angeles when he met Matt Dennis, a vocalist and composer, in 1940. On the recommendation of Jo Stafford, the young songwriting team hired by Tommy Dorsey’s publishing company. Adair later wrote songs and screenplays for many Walt Disney projects, including The Mickey Mouse Club and for such TV programs as My Three Sons, F Troop and The Munsters. Matt Dennis, who was born into a musical family in Seattle, joined the Horace Heidt Orchestra in the 1930s, later working with Dick Haymes, Martha Tilton and the Stafford Sisters. Following his success with Tom Adair, Dennis went on to military service in World War II. After his return, Dennis worked in radio and night clubs and achieved success as a jazz vocalist and pianist, recording a number of albums. His 1953 composition, “Angel Eyes” (with lyrics by Earl Brent) is a much performed standard.

Sunny Skylar (1913 –2009), born Selig Shaftel in Brooklyn, New York, was a composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher. Sunny Skylar wrote more than 300 songs, but will be best remembered for penning the English lyrics to “Besame Mucho.” The tune became one of the most recorded in history, covered by hundreds of artists, including the Beatles, and used in dozens of film soundtracks. Skylar enjoyed instant success when it was turned into a No 1 hit by Jimmy Dorsey in 1944, and it was said that he used the royalties to buy his first house and to put his children through college. He also wrote English lyrics for Gabriel Ruiz’s “Amor Amor Amor,” which gave Dorsey another big hit. Mining a lucrative international theme, the aria “Mattinata” by Leoncavallo was translated into the popular song “You’re Breaking My Heart,” and became a 1949 hit for Vic Damone. Skylar wrote music as well as lyrics, and among his other compositions, Frank Sinatra recorded his “Don’t Wait Too Long” and Ella Fitzgerald sang his “Gotta Be This or That” on her Ella Swings Lightly album. After the end of the big band era, further hits came with “And So To Sleep,” recorded by Patti Page, and yet another translation of Carlos and Mario Rigual’s “Cuando Calienta El Sol,” which, as “Love Me With All Your Heart” took the Ray Charles Singers to No 2 in the American charts in 1964. Skylar also wrote prolifically for films and television. Among Skylar’s other hits are “It Must Be Jelly (’Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That),” “Be Mine Tonight,” “Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue,” and “And So To Sleep Again.”

Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley (1945 – 1981) was the most famous and influential Jamaican songwriter and performer of Reggae music. Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, (founded in 1964 with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone) recorded such albums as Catch a Fire, Natty Dread, Exodus and Uprising. Marley’s best-known songs include “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Could You Be Loved,” “Stir It Up,” “Redemption Song” and “One Love.” Eric Clapton and Johnny Nash scored international smash hits with Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Stir It Up,” respectively. By the time of his death at 36 from cancer, Marley was a revered cultural and political figure worldwide.

Laura Nyro (1947-1997) was an enigmatic performer, garnering critical acclaim for her recordings but having her greatest success through covers of her original compositions. Her first album, More Than a New Discovery, yielded a wealth of material for artists including the Fifth Dimension ("Wedding Bell Blues,” “Blowin’ Away"), Barbra Streisand ("Stoney End") and Blood, Sweat & Tears ("And When I Die"), while her second effort, 1968’s Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, contained “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness,” both hits for the Fifth Dimension, and “Eli’s Comin’,” which was a major hit for Three Dog Night. 1969’s New York Tendaberry contained two of her most popular songs, “Time and Love” and “Save the Country.”

Jesse Stone, also known as Charles Calhoun (1901 – 1999), was a songwriter, musician and recording artist. Born in Atchison, Kansas into a family of performers, he made his first recording in 1926. His musical career took him from the jazz scene in Kansas City to New York, where he worked as an arranger and songwriter for bands led by Chick Webb and Jimmie Lunceford. Beginning in 1949, his association with Atlantic Records led to some of the most celebrated early rock & roll and R&B recordings. Among the classic songs written by Stone are “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Money Honey,” “Don’t Let Go,” “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash.”

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Re: THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby Roy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:09 pm

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has made the corrections to their Leonard Cohen bios from the 2010 press release and the 2006/2009 nominee bios.

Bird on a Wire is now Bird on the Wire and The Songs of Leonard Cohen is now Songs of Leonard Cohen, but it doesn't look like they are going to change the line about Leonard Cohen having over 2000 renditions of his songs made by other artists because it will eventually get there. Plus, the poorly phrased line about Justin Timberlake's rendition of Hallelujah that appeared on Leonard Cohen's 1984 Various Positions album, won't be changed it seems. :roll: :lol: I will just have to correct it myself on my Leonard Cohen | Halls of Fame biographies site. Hopefully there won't be any mistakes in the actual Leonard Cohen inductee bio page from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME - http://www.songhall.org

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME VIRTUAL MUSEUM - http://www.songwritershalloffame.org

LIST OF NOMINEES - 2006/2007 - http://www.songhall.org/index.php/vote/vote2007

LIST OF NOMINEES - 2009/2010 - http://www.songhall.org/vote

LEONARD COHEN 2006 NOMINEE BIO FOR 2007 SONG HALL - SAME AS 2009

http://www.songhall.org/vote/entry/195

LEONARD COHEN 2009 NOMINEE BIO FOR 2010 SONG HALL - SAME AS 2006

http://www.songhall.org/vote/entry/902

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME NEWS SECTION

http://www.songhall.org/news

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING THE 2010 INDUCTEES

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/947

FIRST SLATE OF POSTHUMOUS SONGWRITERS TO BE INDUCTED

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/974
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Postby sturgess66 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:33 pm

I'm waiting for the miracle to hear that the event will be televised. :D

Yeah - I know - it ain't gonna happen!! :cry:
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Postby Roy » Wed May 12, 2010 1:31 am

News

http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/985

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Taylor Swift To Receive Hal David Starlight Award At Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

New York, NY- May 11, 2010- Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, today announced that Taylor Swift will be the recipient of the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards dinner on Thursday June 17, 2010 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

At the young age of 14, Swift signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music and in 2006 she released her self-titled debut CD on Big Machine Records. At the age of 17, she became the youngest person to ever single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own (“Our Song” spent six consecutive weeks at #1 atop Billboard’s Country Singles Chart). She is also the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD- Taylor Swift. In addition, Swift wrote or co-wrote every song on her blockbuster Fearless album, released in 2008. Fearless has sold more than 5 million copies, fueled by the multi-genre domestic and international success of chart-topping singles including “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me.”

Swift has sold more than 13 million albums and has numerous awards and accolades to add to her long list of accomplishments, including being the top-selling digital artist in music history, receiving the Artist of the Year Award at the American Music Awards, having the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in both 2009 and 2008, and to be the first female solo country artist to ever win the all-genre GRAMMY award for Album of the Year. This year alone she took home four GRAMMY awards. In addition to Album of the Year, she was honored for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song and Best Country Female Vocal Performance.

“Taylor Swift is one of the brightest musical talents to emerge in recent years, and represents the true epitome of the Starlight Award,” Commented Chairman/CEO Hal David. “She possesses an undeniable talent as a songwriter, expressive singer and performer, and we are proud to present her with this well-deserved honor.”

The Hal David Starlight Award, created in 2004, was renamed in honor of the SHOF Chairman for his longtime support of young songwriters. Award recipients are gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. Swift joins the prestigious company of Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, John Legend, John Rzeznik, and Jason Mraz – the past recipients of the Hal David Starlight Award.

Inductees at this year’s event include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay. The prestigious Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to Phil Collins and the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award will be presented to Phil Ramone.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 41 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Loretta Lynn, John Fogerty, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Dolly Parton, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cy Coleman and many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Virtual Museum.

The mission of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with giving members the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.

CONTACT:
Fran Curtis
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212-445-8423
fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com

Caitlin McNamara
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212-445-8232
cmcnamamara@rogersandcowan.com

Lauren Wilsman
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8486
lwilsman@rogersandcowan.com

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Postby IMM » Wed May 12, 2010 1:20 pm

From Taylor Swift To Receive Hal David Starlight Award At Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala
Swift ... having the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in both 2009 and 2008
It always get a chuckle out of how 'provincial' the American music industry is. :lol:
Here are the 2009 numbers : Worldwide Best Selling Albums of 2009

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A better link from someone who appears to have access to the IFPI report and reproduces their ranking order
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2010 ... ckson.html
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Postby Roy » Mon May 17, 2010 6:46 pm

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME BIOGRAPHY PAGE FOR LEONARD COHEN IS NOW UP, BUT IT'S NOT FINISHED YET, I DON'T THINK. WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I HAVE TO SAY, THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME DID A MUCH BETTER JOB ON LEONARD COHEN'S BIOGRAPHY--THE CONTENT, THE GRAMMAR, THE STRUCTURE, THE LENGTH--1000 TIMES BETTER--THANK YOU ANTHONY DECURTIS!!

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME BIOGRAPHY PAGE FOR LEONARD COHEN

http://songwritershalloffame.org/index. ... /bio/C6037

http://songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C6037

http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/ce ... 029/207926
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Postby dick » Tue May 18, 2010 1:52 am

As I requested, I received the invitation in the mail today. Looks very elegant. Wish we were going, but too much dough and I'd have to again rent a tux and a room.. Here are scans:
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Re: THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby sturgess66 » Tue May 18, 2010 2:46 am

It looks like Paul Simon will be there - accepting the "Towering Song" award for "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
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Postby Roy » Tue May 18, 2010 5:43 pm

THANKS FOR THE SCANS! :D

THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME AWARD AND INDUCTION CEREMONY PAGE IS NOW UP

http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/ceremony/C6029

June 17, 2010 @ Marriott Marquis Hotel - New York City


The 41st annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Award and Induction Ceremony will be held on June 17, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. This year’s Inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay.

“Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world’s Popular Music soundtrack,” commented Chairman/CEO Hal David. “We are looking forward to another memorable evening where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments.”

In addition to the 2010 class, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in an effort to honor those songwriters who are deceased, will posthumously induct Tom Adair & Matt Dennis, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Sunny Skylar and Jesse Stone.

2010 Honorees

Phil Ramone will be the 2010 recipient of the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award. The award, named after one of SHOF’s distinguished founders, is specifically tailored for artists or “star makers” in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period, and who recognize the importance of songs and their writers. Examples of previous Hitmaker Award recipients include Clive Davis, Garth Brooks, Chuck Berry, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross and Sir Tom Jones.

Taylor Swift, recipient of the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award. Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight Award was renamed in honor of the SHOF Chairman for his longtime support of young songwriters. Award recipients are gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. Swift joins the prestigious company of Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, John Legend, John Rzeznik, and Jason Mraz - the past recipients of the Hal David Starlight Award.

Phil Collins will be the 2010 recipient of the esteem Johnny Mercer Award. Past Johnny Mercer Award recipients have included songwriting giants: Holland-Dozier-Holland, Paul Anka, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Paul Simon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 41 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Loretta Lynn, John Fogerty, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Dolly Parton, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cy Coleman and many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.


Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Virtual Museum.

The mission of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with giving members the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy!

Ticket Information:

Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.

CONTACT:
Fran Curtis
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8423
fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com

Lauren Wilsman
Rogers & Cowan
212-445-8486
lwilsman@rogersandcowan.com


THE LEONARD COHEN PAGES

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2010 LEONARD COHEN INDUCTION CEREMONY BIO PAGE - http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/ce ... 029/207926

2010 LEONARD COHEN HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT - http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C6037

2010 LEONARD COHEN FULL BIO PAGE - http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/in ... /bio/C6037

It doesn't look like there will be anything more added to the bio! :roll: Wait and see.

THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME BIOGRAPHY FOR LEONARD COHEN

Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen turned to songwriting after establishing himself as an acclaimed novelist and poet. His resultant songs have earned him an adoring following of music fans and fellow artists, including Judy Collins, who expanded his audience in 1966 when she recorded his song "Suzanne" (actor/singer Noel Harrison also had a hit with it) and Jennifer Warnes, who had been a backup singer for Cohen before releasing her own acclaimed album of his material, "Famous Blue Raincoat," in 1987. His uniquely intellegent output was celebrated in 2006 with the documentary "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man." Key songs in the Cohen catalog include "Bird on the Wire," "Hallelujah," "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," "So Long, Marianne" and "Suzanne."

Leonard Cohen received the Grammy 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his legendary career of artistic accomplishments in songwriting and performing. Over 2,000 covers of Cohen's songs have been recorded by artists such as R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Elton John, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson and most recently, Justin Timberlake. Cohen always had an interest in music, but it wasn't until 1966 that his focus turned to songwriting after gaining international recognition for his poetry. Before he released a single song, Cohen sold the highly successful "Suzanne" to Judy Collins, which later was included on Cohen's debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 along with "Sisters of Mercy," and "So Long, Marianne." His next two albums, Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate solidified Cohen's iconic status with "Bird on the Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat." His multidimensional lyrics have captured fans spanning generations and nationalities for decades. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008) for his outstanding work. Cohen's world tour, which inaugurated in May 2008, is still playing to sold-out crowds.
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Postby Roy » Tue May 18, 2010 6:30 pm

ARTISTS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME IN THE SAME YEAR:

01. 1986 - Chuck Berry
02. 1997 - Joni Mitchell
03. 1999 - Bruce Springsteen
04. 2000 - James Taylor
05. 2010 - Jesse Stone
06. 2011 - Leon Russell

CANADIANS IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

01. 1994 - Rick Danko (The Band)
02. 1994 - Garth Hudson (The Band)
03. 1994 - Richard Manuel (The Band)
04. 1994 - Robbie Robertson (The Band)
05. 1995 - Neil Young
06. 1997 - Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield)
07. 1997 - Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield)
08. 1997 - Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield)
09. 1997 - Joni Mitchell
10. 1997 - Gene Cornish (The (Young) Rascals)
11. 1998 - Denny Doherty (The Mamas and the Papas)
12. 2008 - Leonard Cohen

CANADIANS IN THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

01. 1993 - Paul Anka
02. 1997 - Joni Mitchell
03. 2010 - David Foster
04. 2010 - Leonard Cohen
05. 2012 - Gordon Lightfoot
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Re: THE 2010 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Postby sturgess66 » Tue May 18, 2010 7:02 pm

This is very curious. On the scan that Dick provided - it says that the "Towering Song" award this year is being given to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and that the award will be accepted by Paul Simon.
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I can find no mention about this on the Songwriters Hall of Fame site - or in any media announcement. :shock:

Here is their "Towering Song" award page - and 2010 has not yet been added.
http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/ce ... ards/C3006

It just sort of interests me that Paul Simon will be there - because - well - I like Paul Simon - and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - :D - but also, it puts me in mind of Leonard Cohen's beautiful tribute to Paul Simon and "The Sound of Silence" on the Paul Simon tribute album -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScG0wN05msA

Someone is going to have the honor of paying tribute to Leonard Cohen at this event - and I would love if it were Paul Simon.*

*I would also love if the event were being televised! What a shame. :(

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