Songwriters Hall of Fame Names 2020 Nominees

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees for its 2020 Induction & Awards Gala on June 11 in New York City. The list includes such classic rock songwriting legends as Steve Miller, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love, Journey’s Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon, the members of R.E.M., and many more.

But the list of nominees is equally noteworthy for the names of its non-performers. See below.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. A songwriter with a notable catalog of songs qualifies for induction 20 years after the first significant commercial release of a song. Eligible voting members will have until midnight on December 16, 2019 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a songwriter and three from a performing songwriter category.

Others on the ballot include: David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox of Eurythmics, Vince Gill, David Gates of Bread, the Isley Brothers, Patti Smith, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, and the team of L. Russell Brown and Irwin Levine who wrote or co-wrote such hits as “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” and “Knock Three Times” for Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Also nominated: Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, who wrote “I Fought the Law” and the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore Show, “Love is All Around,” which he also performed.

Jerry Fuller discovered Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and wrote their big hits including “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower.”

Tony Macauley co-wrote the Foundations’ “Baby Now That I Found You” and “Build Me Up Buttercup,” as well as Edison Lighthouse’s “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes),” among others.

Related: The wild story of Edison Lighthouse’s singer

Roger Nichols co-wrote several hits for the Carpenters (with Paul Williams) including “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays,” as well as Three Dog Night’s “Out in the Country.”

Rick Nowels has co-written many big hits including Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” and “Rooms on Fire,” with Stevie Nicks.

William “Mickey” Stevenson co-wrote such hits as “Devil With a Blue Dress On” (with Shorty Long) and “Dancing in the Street.”

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