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Donovan and Ray Davies head 2014 SongHall inductees

Donovan and The Kinks’ Ray Davies are the two performing songwriter inductees, while Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly are the non-performer songwriters who will also be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame [SHOF] at the organization's 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner, to be held June 12 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees
Courtesy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Donovan is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is renowned for hits like “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow.” Also a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as frontman of The Kinks, Davies’ classic hits include “You Really Got Me” and “Lola.”

Gouldman wrote hits for numerous 1960s artists including Herman’s Hermits (“No Milk Today”) and The Hollies (“Look Through Any Window”). James is responsible for hits like Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and B.J. Thomas’s “Hooked On A Feeling.” Weatherly’s credits include Gladys Knight & The Pips’ "Neither One Of Us” and "Midnight Train To Georgia."

"Each of our 2014 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb said this morning as the inductees were announced. "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our annual awards gala."

The SHOF is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world. Besides celebrating songwriters, it educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.

[The Examiner contributes to the SHOF newsletter.]

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