The GRAMMY Museum announced on Wednesday (June 10) that it will post two Songwriters Hall of Fame programs from its archive on its website. The programs will be available on www.GrammyMuseum.org on Thursday (June 11), which would have been the date of the 2020 SHOF Induction & Awards Gala. That event was postponed to June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the details about the two programs:
“Legends In The Round” (recorded Oct. 19, 2010): Paul Williams, an SHOF inductee who was to receive the organization’s prestigious Johnny Mercer Award this year (and will instead receive it next year) moderated this panel, which consisted entirely of SHOF inductees — Hal David, Lamont Dozier, Mac Davis and Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. (David and Dozier also received the Mercer Award — David in tandem with Burt Bacharach and Dozier alongside Brian and Eddie Holland.)
“Chart Toppers: Today’s Star-Making Hit Songwriters/Producers” (recorded Oct. 18, 2017): Shirley Halperin, executive editor of music at Variety, moderated this panel of current hitmakers — busbee, Dave Bassett, Warren “Oak” Felder and Teddy Geiger.
Three of the songwriters who participated in these sessions have died — Ashford in 2011, David in 2012 and busbee in 2019.
Linda Moran, president & CEO of the SHOF, told Billboard, “The SHOF’s dual mission is to celebrate and honor songwriters and to nurture and develop the next generation of songwriters, These two programs, featuring the most legendary masters as well as some of today’s most successful contemporary writers, created a perfect balance.
“All of the writers and their teams were immediately in favor of having their programs released so everyone who was not able to attend the original events could enjoy them.”
The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the SHOF have a 10-year partnership. There is a permanent SHOF Gallery at the Grammy Museum in L.A. as well as annual programs. The two organizations are now working together to develop the Songwriters Hall of Fame Experience, a traveling museum.
The Grammy Museum is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.