The Kinks' Ray Davies and Donovan are among those being honored for their abilities to spin a tune. They're part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, along with 10cc's Graham Gouldman, Mark James, and Jim Weatherly. They'll receive their official welcome at the organization's 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. The star-packed event celebrating the honorees will take place the Marriott Marquis in New York on June 12th.
Davies was the primary songwriter for The Kinks, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The band's hits include "You Really Got Me," "Sunny Afternoon," "Come Dancing," and "Lola."
Donovan is best known for the 1960s hits "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow." In addition to the 10cc his "I'm Not In Love" and "The Things We Do For Love," Gouldman's credits include The Hollies' "Bus Stop" and The Yardbirds' "For Your Love," while Cher, Herman's Hermits, and Jeff Beck have also recorded his songs.
James' catalog includes the B.J. Thomas and Blue Swede hit "Hooked on a Feeling," Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," and "You Were Always On My Mind," which was a hit for Elvis and Willie Nelson. Weatherly wrote many Gladys Knight and the Pips hits, including the classic "Midnight Train to Georgia." Ray Price, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, and Garth Brooks have also recorded his songs.
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