Ribbon cutting set for Oct. 19
Cleffers will get their due when the Grammy Museum installs the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery on Oct. 19.Exhibit at the L.A. Live facility highlighting contributions of writers and tunesmithing’s relationship with recording will be launched with a series of special events. The SHOF Gallery will include interactive writing collaboration kiosks and video highlights from the hall’s annual awards and induction ceremonies. The SHOF was founded in 1969 by cleffer/Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.Org’s chairman-CEO Hal David said in a statement, “This is the start of the realization of our longtime dream of a bricks and mortar presence for our Hall of Fame. The Oct. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by an in-the-round performance at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. Participants will include several SHOF inductees: Hal David, Burt Bacharach’s longtime collaborator; Motown stalwarts Lamont Dozier and the team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; Mac Davis; and ASCAP prexy-chairman Paul Williams. Venerated writer Jimmy Webb (“MacArthur Park,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman”) will sit for an interview/performance session with journalist Paul Grein at the Davis Theater on Oct. 20. On Oct. 21, venue will feature a master class by tunesmiths Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “On Broadway”).