The biggest night in the music year is not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner. It’s the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner in New York on June 18th. Phil Ramone is the musical producer; Hal David and Linda Moran put on a show of shows year in and year out.
This is the 40th anniversary, which means a blowout at the Marriott Marquis. Bon Jovi, Crosby Stills and Nash, the Rascals, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Tom Jones, Andy Williams, the composers of ‘Hair,’ and ‘Godspell,’ are all getting awards, along with pop song crafters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway are getting awards.
Ramone’s showcase of these stars should be monumental. He’s already got James Taylor, Rob Thomas, Berry Gordy, Clint Black, Chris Daughtry, John Ondrasik (of Five for Fighting), and Paul Williams to either present or perform. Jason Mraz is getting the award for new generation songwriter. I’m excited because legendary Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of the Fifth Dimension are coming to salute the ‘Hair’ writers. They had the #1 record of 1969 with ‘Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In’ from that show.
The SHOF dinner and show is a hot ticket. Call Buckley Hall Events, (212) 573-6933 for info. And here’s something for FREE: a master class at Merkin Hall with Lamont Dozier, interviewed by Nelson George, on June 16th for members of the SHOF. Don’t worry: I will be there, and report back every word that’s said by the co-writer of all the Four Tops and Supremes hits.