Sunday, May 26, 2024

Songwriters Hall of Fame Ballot: Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Perry Among Contenders


The Songwriters Hall of Fame has sent its ballot to the general membership. Voters can choose two performing songwriters and three non performers from quite an illustrious group. Performers include BB King, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Ray Davies of the Kinks, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, the Eurythmics, Vince Gill, Bobby Womack, and Foreigner.

For non performers: “Chain of Fools” songwriter Don Covay, country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and Holly Knight, who co-wrote Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” and Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good to Me,” plus Linda Perry, the writer behind Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” is also nominated alongside Bob McDill, Rick Nowels, Randy Goodrum, Tony Hatch,  and JD Souther plus writing teams Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, and P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri.

Look at this carefully. Everyone is so talented, it’s a shame they can’t all get in. My personal choices: Don Covay, J.D. Souther, and Tony Hatch in non performers. Elvis Costello and Vince Gill in performers. Ray Davies is a strong runner up.

Non-Performer Songwriters

Bobby Braddock – * Would You Catch A Falling Star? * D-I-V-O-R-C-E * Golden Ring * He Stopped Loving Her Today * Time Marches On


Don Covay – * Chain Of Fools * Sookie, Sookie * Mercy, Mercy * Tonight’s The Night * Seesaw


Randy Goodrum – * You Needed Me * Bluer Than Blue * I’ll Be Over You * Foolish Heart * Oh Sherrie


Tony Hatch ‑ * Downtown * Don’t Sleep In The Subway * I Know A Place * My Love * Sign Of The Times


Holly Knight ­- * Love Is A Battlefield * Simply The Best * Better Be Good To Me * Obsession * The Warrior


Dennis Lambert/Brian Potter – * Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) * Don’t Pull Your Love * It Only Takes A Minute * One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) * Country Boy (You’ve Got Your Feet In L.A.)


Bob McDill – * Amanda * Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On * Gone Country * It Must Be Love * Song of the South


Rick Nowels– * Heaven Is a Place on Earth * White Flag * The Power of Good-Bye * Standing Still * Fallin’ for You


Linda Perry– * Get the Party Started * Beautiful * Hurt * What You Waiting For? * What’s Up?


P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri ‑ * Secret Agent Man * Eve Of Destruction * Where Were You When I Needed You * You Baby (Nobody but You) * A Must To Avoid


JD Souther – * Faithless Love * Best of My Love * You’re Only Lonely * Heartache Tonight * New Kid in Town


Rod Temperton – * Always and Forever * Give Me the Night * Rock with You * Yah Mo B There * Boogie Nights



Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie/Stevie Nicks (p/k/a Fleetwood Mac) –  * Go Your Own Way * Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow * Rhiannon * Over My Head * Dreams


Jimmy Buffett – * (Wastin’ Away in) Margaritaville * Cheeseburger in Paradise * Come Monday

* Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes * Fins


Elvis Costello – * Accidents Will Happen * Alison * Veronica * Pump It Up * Watching The Detectives


Ray Davies – * Lola * Tired of Waiting * Well-Respected Man * Waterloo Sunset * You Really Got Me


Vince Gill – * Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away * I Still Believe in You * One More Last Chance * If You Ever Have Forever in Mind * Never Knew Lonely


Mick Jones/Lou Gramm (p/k/a Foreigner) – * Juke Box Hero * Waiting For A Girl Like You * Cold As Ice

* Hot Blooded * Double Vision


BB King – * Bad Luck * Lucille * Rock Me Baby * Woke Up This Morning * Sweet Sixteen


Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart – * Here Comes The Rain Again * Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

* Would I Lie To You * Missionary Man * Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves


Jeff Lynne – * Evil Woman * Do Ya * Don’t Bring Me Down * Mr. Blue Sky * Strange Magic


Steven Tyler/Joe Perry (p/k/a Aerosmith) – * Dream On * Dude (Looks Like A Lady) * Love In An Elevator * Sweet Emotion * Walk This Way


Steve Winwood – * Gimme Some Lovin’ * Back In The High Life Again * Dear Mr. Fantasy * Can’t Find My Way Home * Higher Love


Bobby Womack – * Across 110th Street * It’s All Over Now * That’s the Way I Feel About Cha * Breezin’

* I’m In Love


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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