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BMI Writers Top List of Song Hall Honorees

Posted in News on April 9, 2006
BMI songwriters Thom Bell, Mac Davis, Will Jennings and Sylvia Moy have been tapped as inductees by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 37th annual induction ceremony is set for June 15 in New York City.

Thom BellMac Davis

Bell, a two-time Grammy winner and r&b producer/composer, helped to create the "Philly Soul" sound through his work in the '60s with the Delfonics and in the '70s with the Spinners, the O'Jays and the Stylistics. He arranged a string of memorable hits, including the Stylistics' "Stop, Look and Listen" and the O'Jays classic "Love Train."

Davis found success as the composer of the Elvis hits "A Little Less Conversation," "Memories" and "In the Ghetto." He signed his own recording contract in 1970, topping the charts in 1972 with his song, "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me."

Jennings, a Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter, composed wildly popular movie themes "My Heart Will Go On," from Titanic, and "Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentleman. His work also includes Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," Barry Manilow's "Looks Like We Made It" and Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Moy, a Detroit-born songwriter/producer, composed Motown such classics as Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" and Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two." She also wrote the theme songs for the TV series Blossom, The Wonder Years and Growing Pains.

Dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, 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.