Song Hall Inducts Class of 2004

Posted in News on June 30, 2004
The Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, held its 35th annual induction ceremony and awards dinner on June 10 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The show was taped by Bravo and will air on the NBC-affiliated cable network on Sunday, July 18 at 9pm.

Gibson Guitar's Henry Juszkiewicz, BMI's Frances Preston, SHOF's Linda Moran, Johnny Mercer Award recipient Stevie Wonder, SHOF honoree Don McLean and SHOF's Hal David

Among the inductees were BMI songwriters and artists Charles Fox ("Killing Me Softly With His Song," "Love Boat" theme), Al Green ("Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still In Love With You"), Daryl Hall & John Oates ("Sara Smile," "I Can't Go For That"), Don McLean ("American Pie," "And I Love You So"), and songwriting duo Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield ("I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"). BMI songwriter Neil Sedaka ("Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," "Calendar Girl") was honored with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.

EMI Music Publishing's Marty Bandier, SHOF honorees Charlie Fox and John Oates, Patron of the Arts Award recipient Michael Goldstein, SHOF's Linda Moran, Recording Academy's Neil Portnow, producer Nile Rodgers, SHOF honoree Don McLean, Abe Olman Publisher's Award recipient Les Bider, BMI's Frances Preston, Universal Music's David Renzer, SHOF honorees Daryl Hall and Barrett Strong, (kneeling) Starlight Award recipient Rob Thomas and Gibson Guitar's Henry Juszkiewicz

Starlight Award recipient Rob Thomas, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Neil Sedaka and actor Eric McCormick

Other honorees included Stevie Wonder (Johnny Mercer Award) and Rob Thomas of matchbox twenty, who received the first ever Starlight Award. Warner/Chappell Music Chairman/CEO Les Bider received the Abe Olman Publisher's Award and Toys 'R' Us Children's Fund Chairman Michael Goldstein was the recipient of the Patron of the Arts Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Neil Sedaka and BMI's Frances PrestonSHOF honoree Charlie Fox and BMI's Frances Preston

The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. The NAPM/SHOF is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. BMI is a long-time supporter of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Don McLean's daughter, wife and son, SHOF honoree Don McLean, BMI's Del Bryant and wife Carolyn Bryant

Past Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees include Carole King, Sting, Bob Dylan, Queen, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, among many, many others.

Gibson Guitar's Henry Juszkiewicz, SHOF's Linda Moran, artist/presenter Jamie Cullum and BMI's Charlie Feldman