lcohen Songwriters Awards: Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, E W and FI’m happy to announce that the Songwriters Hall of’ Fame has announced its honorees for this June. (Full disclosure: I’m on the nominating committee.)

This year’s group includes Jackie DeShannon, Leonard Cohen, all the guys from Earth Wind and Fire, plus Johnny Mandel and David Foster. All the choices are good, although yes ‘ several of us ‘ are campaigning every year for Elvis Costello, Ray Davies of the Kinks and a few others. Everyone on the committee has favorites, but it doesn’t matter. Names are put to a group vote. And thus, we have the 2010 crop.

Still to come from the SHOF ‘ run now so well by Linda Moran and Hal David ‘ it’s a shame it’s not on TV somewhere ‘ are announcements for honorary awards like the Towering Song. That’s a song so good it’s transcended time and the culture. Past choices included “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Day-O.”

The SHOF is such a hot night that literally everyone comes to it, and even the most hardened music execs are startled by the good vibe. This year the show is on June 17th at the Marriott Marquis.

…In other music news, contemporary Soul Man Ryan Shaw will open for Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore this Sunday at the Highline Ballroom. You can get tickets at www.highlineballroom.com. Sam Moore also gets the Lifetime Achievement Award from AFTRA on Monday, along with CBS’s Charles Osgood

…You’ve got to give credit to Sade. She puts out an album every 10 years. Her new one comes in at number 1 with half a million copies sold…

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