Journey, Steve Miller, R.E.M., Mike Love, the Eurythmics, Bread’s David Gates, Steve Miller, and Mariah Carey are among the nominees for the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF). The SHOF's 51st Annual Induction & Awards Gala will take place on June 11th, 2020 in Manhattan. Among the other performing songwriters on the shortlist are Patti Smith, Vince Gill, Gloria Estefan, and the Isley Brothers.
Variety reported the non-performing solo nominees are William "Mickey" Stevenson, Rick Nowels, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Fuller, Tony Macaulay, Bob McDill, and Roger Nichols. Non-performing songwriting duos nominated include the late Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, L. Russell Brown and the late-Irwin Levine, and Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan.
Journey's Steve Perry, Neal Schon, and Jonathan Cain are representing the band in the SHOF nomination. When we last caught up with Cain, he shed light on his classic '80s collaborations with Steve Perry: ["I think my relationship with Steve, it was kind of divine intervention that the Lord would bring me to this guy that could just sing like that (laughs), y'know? And how many things we had in common and how much we loved just writing great songs, y'know? And he really loved the 'hit' song. I didn't have any idea I would have that kind of chemistry with him. And we got to writin' songs together — it was just magical."] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . was just magical)
Bassist Mike Mills told us that over the decades, R.E.M. worked hard to remain at the top of their game as songwriters: ["One of the things I've always felt we do really well, that is also one of the hardest things to do in rock n' roll, is to write good songs, and to write a lot of them over a period of years. Y'know, anybody can come up with one good record's worth of songs — well, not anybody, but (laughs) it's not so hard to come up with one good record's worth — but to keep it up over years of time, it feels pretty good to look back and go, 'Y'know, that is one thing we can do.'"] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . we can do)
Steve Miller told us that there's no great science as to why his music still receives so much radio airplay and crowd reaction in concert. Although Miller is considered a world-class blues guitarist, he says that it all comes down to the songs: ["I think the reason my songs are still around is that they're simple on the first blush, they seem to be fairly simple tunes. There's a lot of harmony, a lot of harmony singing parts, and then when you go through the layers of the lyrics, they have meaning to people. And I think the main thing is that they're positive lyrics (laughs) and people like to sing."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . like to sing)
Mike Love was initially not credited for the numerous Beach Boys classics he wrote with cousin Brian Wilson. Wilson's father — who was the band's song publisher — deliberately kept Love's name off the publishing and copyrights to the legendary tunes. The matter that was finally settled in 1993 when Love's name was rightly added to dozens of songs and a cash settlement was made for his share of the profits: ["Yeah, there were other songs which my Uncle Murry did not include me on, which I completely wrote, like every word of 'California Girls, y'know, and 'I Get Around,' as well; the majority of the words there. And that was unfortunate, but (has) since been rectified. But with 'Good Vibrations' I absolutely wrote the words and came up with the chorus: 'I'm picking up Good Vibrations/She's giving me the excitations.' I wrote the words on the way to the studio."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . to the studio)
Dave Stewart told us that he and Annie Lennox had a clear vision of the way they wanted to approach the Eurythmics' music from the get-go: ["We were very adamant, y'know, about how we wanted to be. We wrote a manifesto on the wall in the studio. Y'know, we would write words like 'Motown,' and next to it we'd put, like 'Love.' But then we'd also put 'Cold. Icy. Electronic Music. Love,' thinking 'How the hell do we marry cold, icy electronic music with Motown?' But we managed."] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . but we managed)
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