The nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 have been announced, and it’s a lengthy list, incorporating two categories: “Performing” and “Non-Performing” songwriters.
Among the performers, the country nominees include Alan Jackson and Tom T. Hall. Rocker and Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp is also on that list.
Strangely, Bill Anderson is listed in the non-performing category, despite the fact that he’s scored numerous hits as a singer. Other non-performing songwriter nominees, and some of their biggest hits, include:
Steve Dorff — “Through the Years,” “I Just Fall In Love Again,” “Heartland,” “Every Which Way but Loose,” “Hypnotize the Moon”
Kye Fleming/Dennis Morgan — “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” “Crackers,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “Smokey Mountain Rain”
Mike Chapman — Exile’s “Kiss You All Over” and others.
Randy Goodrum — Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me” and others.
To be eligible for induction, a songwriter must have been working for a minimum of 20 years, and have a “notable catalog” of hits. Members have until December 17 to turn in their ballots. Winners will be inducted next year in a gala ceremony.
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