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Donovan, Ray Davies inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 - 01:24

June 13 - Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James, Jim Weatherly and Ray Davies are honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elly Park reports.

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You might not recognize their faces, but you probably do know their tunes. Five songwriters were newly inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, some more famous than others, such as Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan, who penned 1960's hits Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman. SOUNDBITE: Donovan, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, saying (English) "I'm absolutely overwhelmed. I love it, a big shining light on all my songs, what more can I ask for?" Also honored was Mark James -- the writer behind the Elvis Presley hit "Suspicious Minds" -- and Country and R&B songwriter Jim Weatherly, whose hit "Midnight Train to Georgia" topped the charts in 1973. SOUNDBITE: Jim Weatherly, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, saying (English) "I believe that songwriting is a gift. That doesn't mean that you can't learn to do it crafting a song, but I used to write all my songs from a stream of consciousness. I'd just start noodling at the piano and words would come and a melody would come and 25, 30 minutes I was through." English rocker Ray Davies, of the British Invasion rock band the Kinks, was also honored but could not make it to the gala. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has recognized more than 400 artists.

Donovan, Ray Davies inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 - 01:24

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