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2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees wrote variety of '60s and '70s classics

Ray Davies
Ray Davies
Pat Hansen for The Observer

This year the tunesmiths being inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame are a group that supplied the top 40 charts in the 1960s and 1970s with a varied collection of popular hits, many of which have been covered multiple times.

Ray Davies, singer/guitarist/principle songwriter for The British Invasion and beyond, iconic band The Kinks, first wrote catchy over-driven guitar rockers like 'You Really Got Me,' for his group before evolving into the voice of the very English quirky suburban social commentator, with much beloved tunes like 'A Well Respected Man' and 'Waterloo Sunset.'

Donovan (Leitch) was first perceived as England's answer to Bob Dylan in the mid-sixties. He went on to chart success with his own dreamy Brit-folk pop hits with a cosmic spin, including 'Sunshine Superman' and 'Atlantis.'

Graham Gouldman who later became a member of the art rock ensemble 10cc, was a one-man hit factory in the mid-sixties penning classic tunes for The Hollies, The Yardbirds and Herman's Hermits, including 'For Your Love' and 'Bus Stop.'

Jim Weatherly is best known for writing the smash 'Midnight Train to Georgia,' for Gladys Knight and The Pips, as well as 'Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)' and 'Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,' also for Ms. Knight in the '70s.

Mark James had an impressive run of writing hits, including Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Hooked on a Feeling' for B. J. Thomas in the late '60s.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on June, 12th.

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