Monday, June 17, 2024

Luther Vandross Dissed by Songwriters Hall of Fame, Which Finally Allows Posthumous Awards


The Songwriters Hall of Fame has finally decided to deceased songwriters to be inducted– people who the old SHOF missed. They’ve started a new category for it. And guess what? After years of being lobbied about the Luther Vandross, they left his name off the list. What can do you? Meantime, Madonna’s name has crept back onto the list of performing songwriters. Haha, as the kids say now.

Also, ridiculous at this point– no Elvis Costello, no Pete Townshend.
I will tell you this particular thing works. The music publishers are on the board, by the tables to the event, etc. They lobby the SHOF to get their people in. I will bet you that Max Martin gets in this year, especially after having hits with The Weeknd and Taylor Swift. That will bring those performers to the June 9th event in New York.
Also amusing: Berry Gordy, if only because he’s now been honored like 10 times by the SHOF. He’s to this group what Clint Eastwood is to the National Board of Review. He should just stay overnight.

Non-Performing Songwriters

Rudy Clark – * Everybody Plays The Fool * Good Lovin’ * Got My Mind Set On You * It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) * If You Gotta Make A Fool of Somebody

Kenneth Edmonds p/k/a “Babyface” – * Another Sad Love Song * Breathe Again * End Of The Road * Exhale (Shoop Shoop) * I’ll Make Love To You

Dallas Frazier – * Alley Oop * Elvira * Fourteen Carat Mind * Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp * There Goes My Everything

Berry Gordy – * Do You Love me * Money * Lonely Teardrops * I Want You Back *You’ve Got What It Takes

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – * Control * Escapade * Fake * I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On * On Bended Knee

John D. Loudermilk – * Abilene * Indian Reservation * Tobacco Road * Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye * Turn Me On

Max Martin – * …Baby One More Time * Can’t Feel My Face * I Kissed a Girl * I Want It That Way * Oops, I Did It Again

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

Curly Putman – * Green Green Grass of Home * D I V O R C E * Blood Red and Going Down * He Stopped Loving Her Today * My Elusive Dreams

Teddy Riley – * My Prerogative * No Diggity * Just Got Paid * Remember The Time * I Wanna

Chip Taylor – * Wild Thing * Angel of the Morning * I Can’t Let Go * Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) * Any Way That You Want Me

Rod Temperton – * Always And Forever * Boogie Nights * Give Me The Night * Off The Wall * Rock With You

Performing Songwriters

Gloria Estefan – * Anything For You * Can’t Stay Away From You * Don’t Wanna Lose You * Here We Are * Words Get In The Way

Tom T. Hall – * Harper Valley PTA * I Love * Old Dogs Children and Watermelon Wine * I’m Not Ready Yet * Little Bitty

Deborah Harry & Chris Stein p/k/a “Blondie” – * Dreaming * Heart Of Glass * In The Flesh *Picture This * Rapture

Ernie, Marvin, O’Kelly, Ronald & Rudolph Isley & Chris Jasper p/k/a “The Isley Brothers” – * Fight The Power * It’s Your Thing *Nobody But Me *Shout * That Lady

Jeff Lynne – * Evil Woman * Do Ya * Don’t Bring Me Down * Hold on Tight * Strange Magic

Madonna – * Everybody * Into The Groove * Like A Prayer * Material Girl * Vogue

Michael McDonald – * What a Fool Believes * Takin’ It to the Streets * Minute by Minute * It Keeps You Runnin’ * Real Love

John Mellencamp – * Jack And Diane * Lonely Ol’ Night * Pink Houses * Small Town * The Authority Song

Steve Miller – * Abracadabra * Fly Like An Eagle * Living In The USA * Take The Money And Run * The Joker

Tom Petty- * Don’t Come Around Here No More * I Won’t Back Down * Free Fallin’
* Refugee * Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards (d) – * Good Times * I’m Coming Out * Le Freak * Upside Down * We Are Family

Sylvester Stewart p/k/a “Sly Stone” – * Dance To The Music * Everyday People * Family Affair * Hot Fun In The Summertime * Thank You (Falettin’ Me Be Mice Elf Again)

Deceased Songwriters

Lionel Bart – * From Russia With Love Theme *As Long As He Needs Me * Consider Yourself * Living Doll * Far Away

Bert Berns – * Hang On Sloopy * Tell Him * Little Bit of Soap * Twist and Shout * Piece of My Heart

Marvin Gaye – *Let’s Get It On * Dancing In The Street * Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)* Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) * Pride And Joy

George Harrison – * Give Me Love (Give Me Peace)* Here Comes The Sun * My Sweet Lord * Something * While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Jimi Hendrix – * Foxy Lady * Manic Depression * Little Wing * Purple Haze * The Wind Cries Mary

Roger Miller – * Dang Me * King of the Road * Husbands and Wives * England Swings
* Chug-a-Lug

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