Sunday, April 21, 2024

Steely Dan, REM, Timbaland Among Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees, Also Writer of “Fame” and “Footloose”


The Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced their inductees for 2024.

The members of REM, plus Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and producer Timbaland are in.

So is Dean Pitchford, who wrote the hits “Fame” and “Footloose.” He also wrote “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways,” an international hit for Julia Fordham.

On the country side, the SHOF will induct Hillary Lindsey, who they say has written a lot of songs with country stars from Martina McBride to Carrie Underwood.

The SHOF will announce a few more prizes chosen by their board. Some will make sense, some won’t.

Truly, the REM guys and Steely Dan should have been in a long time ago. In the case of the latter, the SHOF waited so long that Becker is dead.

The ceremony will take place in New York on June 14th.

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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