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How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the… Read more...


BMI Foundation, SHOF and the GRAMMY Museum Celebrate Steve Tyrell and Iconic SHOF Inductees

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From News, posted 3.06.15 The BMI Foundation proudly joined forces with the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) and the GRAMMY Museum to present a very special evening with GRAMMY award-winning artist, songwriter and producer Steve Tyrell in celebration of his eleventh album, That Loving Feeling, on Wednesday, March 4, at the Clive Davis Theater… Read more...


GRAMMY-Winning Vocalist Steve Tyrell and BMI SHOF Inductees Celebrate ‘That Lovin’ Feeling’

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From News, posted 2.11.15 The BMI Foundation, in conjunction with the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), is proud to present an intimate evening with BMI affiliates Steve Tyrell and SHOF inductees Jeff Barry (“Chapel Of Love”), Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”) and Mike Stoller (“Stand By Me”) at the… Read more...


BMI Announces GRAMMY Museum’s ‘REEL TO REEL: AKA DOC POMUS’

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From News, posted 1.29.14 Broadcast Music, Inc., in association with the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is proud to announce the GRAMMY Museum’s special screening of REEL TO REEL: AKA DOC POMUS on February 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Following the captivating film about this gifted and prolific BMI writer will be a panel discussion… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Member Shadow Morton

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From News, posted 2.19.13 BMI songwriter and producer Shadow Morton, who wrote 60’s megahits for the Queens girl group the Shangri-Las as well as others, died of cancer on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California at the age of 71. Mr. Morton first introduced the world to the Shangri-Las who had their… Read more...


The BMI Holiday Countdown

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.15.11 James Brown, “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” With its tightly intertwined rhythms, percussive horns and traditional jump-blues bridge, “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” catches the incomparable James Brown during a period of transition—moving from the hard-hitting… Read more...


The BMI Holiday Countdown: Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

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From News, posted 12.06.11 Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector In the early 1960s, Brooklyn natives Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich were barely in their early twenties when… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Chart Big on Billboard Hot 100’s First 1,000 No. 1s

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From News, posted 11.16.11 In 1958, Billboard magazine created the “Hot 100,” a listing showing the top songs being purchased and aired in the U.S. week after week. Decade after decade, BMI songwriters have dominated the chart with some of the greatest hits ever written, from “Lonely Boy,” “Stop in the Name of Love,”… Read more...


Charles Fox and Friends Present The Songs of Our Lives, Benefitting Fulfillment Fund

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From News, posted 6.02.11 Venerable BMI composer and songwriter Charles Fox is bringing a handful of his distinguished songwriting friends together for an equally distinguished cause: The Songs of Our Lives, Volume IV is slated for Monday, June 13 at the Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood, CA, and will raise money and awareness for the… Read more...


BMI’s New Holiday Standards Announce That Time of Year

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From News, posted 12.08.10 Holiday songs are no longer elevator music for the month of December—nor, as seems to increasingly be the case, for late October and November. The BMI repertoire is stacked with new classics that command attention, channeling lovesick blues, winking irreverence and funk-laced grooves into original odes to the season. In… Read more...


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