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2012 SHOF Nominees

The nominees in both the non-performing and performing songwriter categories for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 follow. If you are not yet a member, there has never been a better time to join and have a voice and a vote! Become a member before November 18th, and you will be eligible to vote online. Use our PayPal option to become an instant member, or renew your membership.

As a new special feature this year, Jango, the personalized internet radio site where listeners go to discover new music, has created a unique Songwriters Hall of Fame online Radio Station that will enable everyone to listen to the music of our nominees.

Note that the five songs listed after the brief biographies of each nominee are merely a representative sample of their extensive catalogs. Eligible members, please make sure to vote by the December 12th deadline and congratulations to all the nominees!

Non-Performing Songwriters


Don Covay

A Pioneer Award recipient from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, Don Covay…


Jerry Fuller

Forth Worth native Jerry Fuller, whose father sang with Bob Wills, performed…


Graham Gouldman

Graham Gouldman is one of England’s most successful songwriters, penning such classic…


Tony Hatch

English songwriter / pianist / arranger / producer Tony Hatch wrote Garry…


Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell

As a team, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell wrote and produced The…


Tony Macaulay

A much-awarded songwriter in England, Tony Macaulay was a staff producer at…


Chips Moman

Songwriter/producer Chips Moman was a guitarist for Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent…


Artie Resnick/Kenny Young

Artie Resnick and Kenny Young came out of the Brill Building songwriting…


Don Schlitz

Much decorated country songwriter Don Schlitz has won four ASCAP Country Songwriter…


P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri

The songwriting team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri was one of…


Jim Steinman

The creative genius behind Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman brought an operatic flair…


Paul Vance/Lee Pockriss

Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss wrote several classic pop hits in the…

Performer/Songwriters


Elvis Costello

One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of the modern rock era, Elvis…


Dion DiMucci

Dion DiMucci first found fame as the leader of Dion & The…


Deborah Harry/Chris Stein (Blondie)

The creative duo at the core Blondie, lead singer Deborah Harry and…


Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens)

Born Steven Demetre Georgiou and now known as Yusuf Islam following his…


Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart

As the hugely successful Eurythmics, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart brought an…


Gordon Lightfoot

Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot came to fame first in the 1960s when…


George Michael

George Michael burst on the scene in 1984 when he hit No.…


Steve Miller

Schooled in guitar by his father’s friend Les Paul, Steve Miller picked…


Lou Reed

Lou Reed began the songwriting side of his influential music career as…


Bob Seger

Detroit singer-songwriter Bob Seger is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…


Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend, of course, is renowned as The Who’s lead guitarist. But…


Tom Waits

One of the most distinctive singer-songwriters in rock, Tom Waits has nevertheless…