56th: 443 Songwriters in HOF

Before listing the members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I recently discovered a digital handbook that would be an asset to any serious songwriter. It is available from the Berklee College of Music based in New York City. Here is the link to the necessary information:

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s ongoing mission is to celebrate and honor the contributions and legacies of songwriters of all genres of music while developing and nurturing the next generation of songwriters through Master Sessions, songwriting craft forums, scholarships and digital initiatives. Since 1970, 443 artists and bands have been inducted. I have organized them into alphabetized groupings and a link to a sample of their music (Note: at the end of the Hall of Fame artists, we have added the NYU Steinhardt Songwriters Scholar Award winners).


Tom Adair
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Adair, Tom (1913-1988). Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” (https://youtu.be/iymtpePP8I8).

Lee Adams
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Adams, Lee (1924- )). “We Can Call It Love.” https://youtu.be/ZfutxjHYUTA.

Harold Adamson
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Adamson, Harold (1906-1980). “The World in 80 Days.” https://youtu.be/zbcPIo2J_9k.

Richard Adler
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Adler, Richard (1921-2012). “The Pajama Game”https://youtu.be/_TRAYXP5f7Q.

Milton Ager
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Ager, Milton (1883-1979). Ain’t She Sweet” https://youtu.be/qsdVjPYpCzY.

Fred Ahlert
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Ahlert, Fred (1892-1963). “Mean to Me” https://youtu.be/B6xFq5MSk0g.

Harry Akst
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Akst, Harry (1894-1963). “Am I Blue” https://youtu.be/iPKMv8Rz61A.

Louis Alter
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Alter, Louis (1902-1980). “Grammy Salute” https://youtu.be/eOptc6Grbiw.

Leroy Anderson
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Anderson, Leroy (1908-1997). “Forgotten Dreams”. https://youtu.be/jHPJJKVt5-Y.

Paul Anka
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Anka, Paul (1941- ). “Medley” https://youtu.be/SmbMuauXcdY.

Harold Arlen
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Arlen, Harold (1905-1986). “Tribute Melodies – Lena Horne & Frank Sinatra” https://youtu.be/FeiprgKDR3A.

Nickolas Ashford
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Ashford, Nickolas (1941-2011). “An Evening with Valorie Simpson” https://youtu.be/9not1wo0qZM.

Dallas Austin
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Austin, Dallas (1970- ). “In the Studio” https://youtu.be/D_615YjK2y4.

Charles Aznavour
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Aznavour, Charles (1924-2018). “Audiobiographie” https://youtu.be/dpciS7JTMbg.


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Babyface (1958- ). “Never Keeping Secrets” (https://youtu.be/f_Qw1iLfDr4)

Burt Bacharach
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Bacharach, Burt (1928- ). See Post 41. “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” (https://youtu.be/3B0i_Ou4QuA)

Phillip Bailey
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Bailey, Phillip (Earth, Wind & Fire) (1951- ). “Lets Groove” (https://youtu.be/74nFihsmo2I)

Ernest Ball
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Ball, Ernest (1878-1927). “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (https://youtu.be/QBli_Iyw9uk)

Jeff Barry
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Barry, Jeff (1938- ). “Da Doo Ron Ron” (https://youtu.be/kPyS4dKk9FU)

John Barry
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Barry, John (1933-2011). “All Time High” (https://youtu.be/7_arP69Gzm0)

Dave Bartholomew
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Bartholomew, Dave (1918-2019). “My Ding-A-Ling” (https://youtu.be/OgyF2Mv360Q)

Katherine Lee Bates
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Bates, Katherine Lee (1859-1929). “America the Beautiful” (https://youtu.be/Gm39Or0C7gc)

Carole Bayer-Sager
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Bayer-Sager, Carole (1947- ). “It’s the Falling in Love” (https://youtu.be/zbY06ND-XtI)

Thom Bell
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Bell, Thom (1943- ). “A Theme for LA’s Team” (https://youtu.be/_OmDxuZHdyk)

Lead Belly
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Belly, Lead (1888-1949). “House of the Rising Sun” (https://youtu.be/y5tOpyipNJs)

Bennie Benjamin
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Benjamin, Bennie. (1907-1989). “Don’t Let Me Be Understood” (https://youtu.be/8C9a04fokSE)

Alan Bergman
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Bergman, Alan (1925- ).”What Matters Most” (https://youtu.be/mxiJOK5gvR4)

Irving Berlin
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Berlin, Irving (1888-1989). “Blue Skies” (https://youtu.be/u95BpnGqR78)

Leonard Bernstein
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Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990). “Brahms Symphony No1” (https://youtu.be/EGRqIGOAPcE)

Chuck Berry
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Berry, Chuck (1926-2017). See Posts 36, 41 and 46. “Johnny B. Goode” (https://youtu.be/Uf4rxCB4lys)

John Bettis
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Bettis, John (1946- ). “As Long as We’ve Got Each Other” (https://youtu.be/_Mbe8YRRCgs)

William Billings
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Billings, William (1746-1800). “The Contenental Harmony” (https://youtu.be/YxvjFJeDvyo)

Don Black
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Black, Don (1938- ). “Why You Mad” (https://youtu.be/m0MYgS7gddk)

Otis Blackwell
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Blackwell, Otis (1931-2002). “All Shook Up” (https://youtu.be/yU9HvqRekpw)

James Bland
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Bland, James A. (1854-1911). “One Job” (https://youtu.be/1tCZ2wQBt-k)

Ralph Blaine
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Blaine, Ralph (1914-1995). “Love” (https://youtu.be/JB2NX4vPP4I)

Ruben Bloom
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Bloom, Ruben (1902-1976). “Trainwreck” (https://youtu.be/zfdx9mXByvg)

Jerry Bock
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Bock, Jerry (1928-2010). “If I Were a Rich Man” (https://youtu.be/iJ52CAihukc)

Jon Bon Jovi
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Bon Jovi, Jon (1962- ). “Livin on a Prayer” (https://youtu.be/lDK9QqIzhwk)

David Bowie
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Bowie, David (1947-2016). See Post 41.”Starman” (https://youtu.be/aBKEt3MhNMM)

Bobby Braddock
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Braddock, Bobby (1940- ). “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (https://youtu.be/BP_neBGKVU4)

Leslie Brieusse
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Brieusse, Leslie (1931-2021). “If I Ruled the World” (https://youtu.be/E8yg5qbPf7U)

Eddie Brigati
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Brigati, Eddie (1945- ). The Young Rascals. “Interview” (https://youtu.be/HteKkHrrAf8)

James Brockman
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Brockman, James (1886-1967). “Strange World” (https://youtu.be/fFdu4gRyjv8)

Garth Brooks
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Brooks, Garth (1962- ). “The Thunder Rolls” (https://youtu.be/YiPQlXKLhts)

George Brown
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Brown, George (Kool & The Gang). (1949- ). “Get Down on It” (https://youtu.be/1AVxBedMP4I)

James Brown
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Brown, James (1933-2006). See Posts 12, 30 and 41. “It’s a Man’s World” (https://youtu.be/H77fRz1rybs)

Jackson Brown
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Browne, Jackson (1948- ). “The Pretender” (https://youtu.be/SqRvJLH_-vU)

Alfred Bryan
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Bryan, Alfred (1871-1958). “Round on the Ends” (https://youtu.be/uTTrmrTSeWk)

Boudleaux, Bryant
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Bryant, Boudleaux (1920-1987). Felice’s husband.“Love Hurts” (https://youtu.be/pe8_VzjLP2Y)

Felice Bryant
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Bryant, Felice (1925-2003). Boudleaux’s wife. “We Could” (https://youtu.be/VsvGR_Bo-aE)

Irving Burgie
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Burgie, Irving (1924-2019). “Day-O” (https://youtu.be/lDY5oGHiXtU)

Joe Burke
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Burke, Joe (1939-2021). “Button Accordian” (https://youtu.be/F5KiiqlZ7M0)

Johnny Burke
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Burke, Johnny (1908-1964). “Judge My Soul Again” (https://youtu.be/iXqYleSaXMo)


Irving Caeser
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Caeser, Irving (1895-1996). “Tea for Two” (https://youtu.be/k8bMRufByt8).

Sammy Cahn
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Cahn, Sammy (1914-1993). “Medley” (https://youtu.be/f0PHnBWDGtM)

Anne Caldwell
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Caldwell, Anne (1867-1936). “We Are” (https://youtu.be/ZyeM9ipb0vU)

Mariah Carey
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Carey, Mariah (1969- ). “We Belong Together” (https://youtu.be/0habxsuXW

Hoagy Carmichael
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Carmichael, Hoagy (1899-1981). “Stardust” (https://youtu.be/j2fbOAyNOpM)

Harry Carroll
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Carroll, Harry (1892-1962). “Two-Timin” (https://youtu.be/S7jyypMguF0)

Felix Cavaliere
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Cavaliere, Felix (1942- ). “Groovin” Rascals music. (https://youtu.be/bebbnHeHCXo) Add to blog

Peter Cetera
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Cetera, Peter (1944- ). Chicago. Terry Kath guitarist. “25 to 6 to 4” (https://youtu.be/DkqBMNi-LSU)

Saul Chaplin
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Chaplin, Saul (1912-1997o). “Its Easy to Blame the Weather” (https://youtu.be/A5ann8PEnXo)

Desmond Child
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Child, Desmond (1953- ). “Livin on a Prayer” (https://youtu.be/QhQwE3Q61II)

Eric Clapton
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Clapton, Eric (2001). See Posts 41 and 46. “Tears in Heaven” (https://youtu.be/JxPj3GAYYZ0)

Sidney Clare
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Clare, Sidney (1892-1972). “Lets Do It” (https://youtu.be/HOrk8Nf-VKs)

George M. Cohan
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Cohan, George M. (1878-1942). “Over There” (https://youtu.be/yGsVguiM5ao)

Lenard Cohan
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Cohan, Lenard (1934-2016). “Hallelujah” (https://youtu.be/YrLk4vdY28Q)

Cy Coleman
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Coleman, Cy (1929-2004). “I Walk a Little Faster” Fiona Apple (https://youtu.be/vbe7Dc_r3as)

Phil Collins
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Collins, Phil (1951- ). Deaf drummer. “In the Air Tonight” (https://youtu.be/YkADj0TPrJA)

Betty Comden
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Comden, Betty (1917-2006). “I Get Carried Away” (https://youtu.be/isOVssp92qU)

Con Conrad
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Conrad, Con (1891-1938). “Waiting for a Message” (https://youtu.be/U7ImDo6WiLE)

Roger Cook
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Cook, Roger (1940- ). “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” (https://youtu.be/gniPULVph2s)

Sam Cooke
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Cooke, Sam (1987). See Posts 12 and 41. “A Change is Going to Come” (https://youtu.be/wEBlaMOmKV4)

J. Fred Coots
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Coots, Fred. J. (1897-1985). “You Go to My Head” (https://youtu.be/yLpkw0jcTU8)

Henry Cosby
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Cosby, Henry (1928-2002). “My Cherie Amour” Pianist. (https://youtu.be/X4BMhGsFBbk)

Sam Coslow
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Coslow, Sam (1902-1982). “ I Wanna Be Loved By You” (https://youtu.be/sXsrdcAS2AM)

Elvis Costello
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Costello, Elvis (1954- ). See Post 41. “Pump It Up”. (https://youtu.be/3Y71iDvCYXA)

Noel Coward
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Coward, Noel (1899-1973). With Mary Martin “Medley” (https://youtu.be/Ei-MmuLn3MU)

Linda Creed
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Creed, Linda (1948-1986). Died at only 37 from breast cancer. With Michael Masser “The Greatest Love of All” (https://youtu.be/zoJvJUzS6q4)

Bob Crewe
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Crewe, Bob (1930-2014). Four Seasons. “Music to Watch Girls By”(https://youtu.be/auS-ndWXLso)

Jim Croce
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Croce, Jim (1943-1973). On September 20,1973, Jim was killed in a plane crash at only 30 years old (five others were killed as well ). See Posts 36 and 41. “His Greatest Songs” (https://youtu.be/tdLYcCT3Av8). “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (https://youtu.be/JzYf6qskdfA) (RQ 10) reached No1 during his lifetime. But, “Time in a Bottle” (https://youtu.be/KuVW4ke-lqU) (RQ 10) reached No1 after his death.

Steve Cropper
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Cropper, Steve (1941- ). “Fire it Up” (https://youtu.be/fcF0fALiNj8)

David Crosby
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Crosby, David (1941- ). Founded both the Bryds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. “I Won’t Stay for Long” (https://youtu.be/WwF7IzH-Q60).


Hart Pease Danks
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Danks, Hart Pease (1834-1903). “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDEM6QgEcCYG0EGo_wzw2OwFdw&playnext=1)

Bobby Darin
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Darin, Bobby (1936-1973). Bobby had a history of heart trouble, manifested after he was stricken with rheumatic fever at the age of eight. In 1971 he underwent open heart surgery for five hours for the insertion of two artificial valves where he died at only 37 two years later. See Posts 39 and 41. “Dream Lover” (https://youtu.be/wVHAQX5sSaU)

Hal David
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David, Hal (1921-2012). “Interview by Music Express” (https://youtu.be/YeRoT7oqG5Q). “What the World Needs Now” by Dionne Warwick in collaboration with Burt Bacharach. (https://youtu.be/FfHAs9cdTqg).

Mack David
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David, Mack (1912-1993) “Party Til the Lights Come On” (https://youtu.be/NE1isSTpeUM)

Ray Davies
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Davies, Ray (1944- ) Lead singer for the Kinks. “Imaginary Man” (https://youtu.be/4e1_6ILM2gY)

Benny Davis
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Davis, Benny (1895-1979). “Stay at Home Dad” https://youtu.be/QGCKn1QTJ6g)

Mac Davis
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Davis, Mac (1942-2020). See Post 51. “Baby Don’t Hooked on Me” (https://youtu.be/JZwiIiWBx24)

Gene DePaul
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DePaul, Gene (1919-1988). “You Don’t Know What Love Is” (https://youtu.be/lixPwhguH2E)

John Deacon
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Deacon, John (1951- ). Bassist for Queen. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (https://youtu.be/fJ9rUzIMcZQ)

Reginald DeKoven
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DeKoven, Reginald (1859-1920). “Oh Promise Me”. (https://youtu.be/bFGaoN0vNn4)

Eddie DeLange
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DeLange, Eddie (1904-1949). “Beer Barrel Polka” (https://youtu.be/jLhvnuDcl0Y)

Matt Dennis
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Dennis, Matt (2014-2002). “Angel Eyes” (https://youtu.be/k6QjV8UU1-4)

John Denver
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Denver, John (1943-1997). He was only 54 when his his experimental amateur aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay on the California coast. See Posts 38 and 41. “Take Me Home Country Road” (https://youtu.be/1vrEljMfXYo)

Peter DeRose
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DeRose, Peter (1896-1953). A member of the New York City “Tin Pan Alley” era (1880-1930s). “Deep Purple” (https://youtu.be/3-LMkgahVnU) .

Jackie DeShannon
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DeShannon, Jackie (1941- ). See Posts 36 and 41. “Needles and Pins” (https://youtu.be/SSbM_Zmx9kA)

Buddy DeSylva
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DeSylva, Buddy (1895-1950). “April Showers” (https://youtu.be/5e50yBynvK0)

Neil Diamond
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Diamond, Neil (1941- ). Has sold more than 100M records. See Post 38. “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/reED6X9W7QI)

Howard Dietz
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Dietz, Howard (1896-1983). He collaborated with Arthur Schwartz. “You and the Night” (https://youtu.be/MJjW1hooUqk)

Mort Dixon
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Dixon, Mort (1892-1956). See Post 18. For Sarah Vaughn “Bye Bye Black Bird” (https://youtu.be/60zoLsvuNZs)

Walter Donaldson
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Donaldson, Walter (1893-1927). “Songs Composed by Walter Donaldson” (https://youtu.be/pZsK874nZvE)

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Donovan – Phillips Leitch (1946- ). He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelic rock and world music. See Post 36. “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/lPz4Z-1laxg)

Steve Dorff
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Dorff, Steve (1949- ). His work was mainly in country music. “Pour Me Out of this Town” (https://youtu.be/B44ODZ7ffoY)

Lamont Dezier
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Dezier, Lamont (1941- ) He wrote fourteen No1 hits including: “Trying to Hold Onto My Woman” (https://youtu.be/bddUgm7XTKI)

Ervin Drake
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Drake, Ervin (1983). “I Believe” by SATB Choir. (https://youtu.be/KOlV7Pkyu58)

Paul Dresser
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Dresser, Paul (1857-1906). Dresser performed in traveling minstrel and medicine-wagon shows and as a vaudeville entertainer for decades. “My Sal Gal” (https://youtu.be/CmWctDU0524)

Dave Dryer
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Dryer, Dave (1894-1967) “Nobody Cares About Their Second Kid” (https://youtu.be/v4HsyK37R7A)

Al Dubin
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Dubin, Al (1891-1945). Best known for his collaborations with Harry Warren. “We’re in the Money” (https://youtu.be/kZ9WR3-L0qA)

Vernon Duke
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Duke, Vernon (1903-1969). He composed and published much serious music, but devoted greater efforts to establishing himself on Broadway. “April in Paris” (https://youtu.be/P0fuNgcXQO4)

Larry Dunn
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Dunn, Larry (1953- ). Keyboard player for Earth, Wind & Fire. “You Want My Love” (https://youtu.be/DGqZqYiKBx4)

Jermaine Dupri
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Dupri, Jermaine (1972- ). Rapper. “Gotta Getcha” (https://youtu.be/v-PUZ2fuG48).

Bob Dylan
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Dylan, Bob – Zimmerman (1941- ). He has sold more than 125M records. See Posts 30, 38 and 41. “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/kHjzuqq3b44)


Fred Ebb
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Ebb, Fred (1928-2004). Many successful collaborations with composer John Kander. The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. “Chicago the Musical” (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDEMnHL2V3BbmJLPvZNsq0_R3g&playnext=1)

Bernard Edwards
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Edwards, Bernard (1952-1996). known primarily for his work in disco music with guitarist Nile Rodgers. “CHIC 1996 Tokoyo” (https://youtu.be/rvFV0oFzEKg) Electric bass player.

Gus Edwards
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Edwards, Gus (1878-1945). “In My Merry Oldsmobile” (https://youtu.be/lPbqtY8P-cI)

Raymond Egan
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Egan, Raymond B. (1970). “Epiphany Hymm” (https://youtu.be/5a9WzXg8Jeg)

Edward Eliscu
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Eliscu, Edward (1902-1998). “More Than You Know” (https://youtu.be/YT6Apy5PYHE)

Duke Ellington
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Ellington, Duke (1899-1974). Gained a national profile through his orchestra’s appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem, NYC. “Satin Doll” (https://youtu.be/wTFPV1pk654)

Missy Elliot
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Elliot, Missy (1971- ). Elliott has been referred to as the “Queen of Rap” by media outlets. She has sold over 30 million records in the United States. Her accolades include four Grammy Awards. “Work It” (https://youtu.be/cjIvu7e6Wq8)

Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Emmett, Daniel Decatur (1815-1904). “Dixie” Confederate National Anthem. (https://youtu.be/GJR9CNNHzGQ)

Ray Evans
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Evans, Ray (1915-2007). He was a partner in a composing and song-writing duo with Jay Livingston, known for the songs they composed for films. “Bonanza Theme” (https://youtu.be/k9JGDq2jp5c)


Sammy Fain
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Fain, Sammy (1902-1989). He contributed numerous songs that form part of The Great American Songbook, and to Broadway theatre. “Love Me or Leave Me” (https://youtu.be/t3I9Ymt4WYY)

Dorothy Fields
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Fields, Dorothy (1905-1974). She wrote over 400 songs for Broadway musicals and films. With Jerome Kern. “The Way You Look Tonight” (https://youtu.be/mGag56guEdQ)

Ted Fiorito
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Fiorito, Ted (1990-1971). Known as Ted Flo Rito.“They Say” With Muzzy Marcellino. (https://youtu.be/0U2SDEhGiJ4)

Fred Fisher
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Fisher, Fred (1875-1942). Born in Cologne, Germany. In the Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” column credited him with writing more Irish songs than anyone else. “Atolobar” (https://youtu.be/JUu5y5o7n0c)

John Fogarty
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Fogerty, John (1945- ). Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, for which he was the lead singer, lead guitarist, and principal songwriter. “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/ztanaIurqyA)

David Foster
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Foster, David (1949- ). He has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations. “Love Songs Collection” (https://youtu.be/AMHNLIhc06I) Favorite album

Stephen Foster
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Foster, Stephen (1826-1864). Known primarily for his parlour and minstrel music during the Romantic period. He wrote more than 200 songs. “Oh Susanna” (https://youtu.be/qSIj17xbAyk) (RQ 9)

Charles Fox
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Fox, Charles (1940- ). Pop musical backgrounds which accompanied every episode of the 1970s ABC-TV show Love, American Style; the theme song for the late 1970s ABC series The Love Boat; and the dramatic theme music to ABC’s Wide World of Sports and the original Monday Night Football; as well as the Grammy-winning hit song “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack (https://youtu.be/DEbi_YjpA-Y)

Arthur Freed
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Freed, Arthur (1894-1973). He won the Academy Award for Best Picture twice, in 1951 for An American in Paris and in 1958 for Gigi. Both films were musicals. In addition, he produced and was also a co-lyricist for the now-iconic film: “Singing in the Rain” by Gene Kelly. (https://youtu.be/DMGqnJFUj3Q)

Glenn Frey
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Frey, Glenn (1948-2016). Frey was the co-lead singer and frontman for the Eagles, roles he came to share with fellow member Don Henley, with whom he wrote most of the Eagles’ material. Henley joined Linda Ronstadt to sing backing vocals on her smash hit version of Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,”“Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/-GO11WPbZWs)’

Rudolph Frimi
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Frimi, Rudolf (1879-1972). Composer Frimi was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia . While living in Czechoslovakia, he attended the Prague Conservatory and studied piano with composers Dvorak and Jiranek. His catalogue of over 40 songs included “Indian Love Call” (https://youtu.be/LZ_IwlEzE4M)


Kenneth Gamble
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Gamble, Kenneth (1943- ). Together with Leon Huff, they are an American songwriting and production team credited for developing the Philadelphia soul music genre. “The Jokes on You” (https://youtu.be/r-wrTb2hY_Q)

Jerry Garcia
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Garcia, Jerry (1942-1995). The lead guitarist and a vocalist with the rock band the Grateful Dead, of which he was a founding member and which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s. His fans saw him as truly extraordinary. And he never really saw it himself or could feel it himself. He could only see its effect on other people, which baffled and dismayed him. See Post 46. “How Sweet it is to be Loved By You” (https://youtu.be/1_NOFuEb-yo)

Bob Gaudio
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Gaudio, Bob (1942- ). A keyboardist and backing vocalist of the Four Seasons. “Sherry” (https://youtu.be/jMcWldfg28s

Marvin Gaye
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Gaye, Marvin (1939-1984). See Posts 2, 41 and 54. At only 45 years old, during an argument with his father, he shot and killed Marvin. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (https://youtu.be/5ZnrZnFSlWU)

George Gershwin
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Gershwin, George (1898-1937). Died at only 39 from a brain tumor. He recorded 41 albums including “Rhapsody in Blue”(https://youtu.be/eFHdRkeEnpM)

Ira Gershwin
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Gershwin, Ira (1896-1983). The first lyricist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize — for OF THEE I SING in 1932. “Talks About His Brother George” (https://youtu.be/NLL4Hf8e8Jo)

Barry Gibb
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Gibb, Barry, Maurice & Robin (1946- ) Bee Gees. He has written or co-written sixteen Billboard Hot 100 number ones. Guinness World Records lists Gibb as the second most successful songwriter in history, behind Paul McCartney. “Stayin Alive” (https://youtu.be/fNFzfwLM72c).

Wolfe L. Gilbert
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Gilbert, Wolfe L. (1886-1970). Wrote 27 songs between 1912-1931 including “Ramona” (https://youtu.be/C5iosYqbfWA)

Patrick Gilmore
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Gilmore, Patrick (1829-1892). While serving in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War he wrote “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (https://youtu.be/d9uarq2_hQ8)

Haven Gillespie
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Gillespie, Haven (1888-1975). “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written. But Gillespie was never enthusiastic about it. (https://youtu.be/wvF6UINQwUc)

Norman Gimbel
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Gimbel, Norman (1927-2018). With his longtime writing collaborator Charles Fox, Gimbel’s lyrics to Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” (https://youtu.be/34bYLPNbHeU) (RQ 9) earned them the Song of the Year Grammy in 1973. The chart-topper was covered years later by the Fugees in a hip-hop version. In their 30-year partnership, Gimbel and Fox wrote more than 150 songs together, earning Oscar nominations for Olivia Newton-John’s “Richard’s Window” (from 1975’s The Other Side of the Mountain) and Barry Manilow’s “Ready to Take a Chance Again” (from 1978’s comedy Foul Play). “Epilogue” (https://youtu.be/-bqCfRoEa1w) Organ music.

Gerry Giffin
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Goffin, Gerry (1939-2014). Collaborating initially with his first wife, Carole King, he co-wrote many international pop hits of the early and mid-1960s, including the US No.1 hits “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “The Loco-Motion”, and “Go Away Little Girl”.“Masterpieces with Carole King” (https://youtu.be/B96mgv99xWI)

Mack Gordon
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Gordon, Mack (1904-1959). He was nominated for the best original song Oscar nine times in 11 years, including five consecutive years between 1940 and 1944, and won the award once, for: “ You’ll Never Know” by Ralna English (https://youtu.be/FnuXaIVjkYA)

Graham Goldman
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Gouldman, Graham (1946- ). Best known as the co-lead singer and bassist of the art rock band 10cc. He has been the band’s only constant member since its formation in 1972. “Standing Next to Me” (https://youtu.be/KXRmv8zV7JE)

Lou Gramm
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Gramm, Lou (1950- ) The lead singer of the rock band Foreigner from 1977 to 1990 and 1992 to 2003 during which time the band had numerous successful albums and singles including: “Just Between You and Me” (https://youtu.be/0W1lb9hj8ps)

Adolph Green
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Green, Adolph (1914-2002). With long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved film musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freed’s production unit at Metro Goldwyn Mayer. “I Said Good Morning” with Betty Comden (https://youtu.be/1ysxm9vHVL8)

Al Green
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Green, Al – Albert Leornes Greene (1946- ). The music world was shocked on Oct. 18, 1974 when Al Green was doused with a boiling pot of grits by girlfriend Mary Woodson. Green was about to shower at his Memphis home when Woodson scalded him, causing third-degree burns on his back. See Post 41. “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/csZV3w_nscg)

Bud Green
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Green, Bud (1898-1981). He was commissioned by Hollywood during the 30’s and 40’s and Green songs can be heard in the Hollywood musicals Syncopation, Mother’s Boy, Lucky in Love, Big Boy, Show in Hollywood and Baby Take a Bow. “Moonlight on the River” with Lee Morse (https://youtu.be/cr5YTJHvh1w)

Johnny Green
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Green, Johnny (1908-1989). He was given the nickname “Beulah” by colleague Conrad Salinger. His most famous song was one of his earliest, “Body and Soul” (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RD5D84aT7H6ys&playnext=1) from the revue Three’s a Crowd. “Montana” (https://youtu.be/cniuBrzDXMc)

Roger Greenaway
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Greenaway, Roger (1938- ). Best known for his collaborations with Roger Cook. His compositions have included “You’ve Got Your Troubles” and the transatlantic million selling songs “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” and “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” and “Gimmie Dat Ding” (https://youtu.be/fLN592NaSzw)

Howard Greenfield
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Greenfield, Howard (1936-1986). He is best known for his successful songwriting collaborations, including one with Neil Sedaka from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s. “Bewitched” (https://youtu.be/Pz9kZCC_M6w)

Greenwich, Ellie (1940-2009).She wrote or co-wrote “Da Doo Ron Ron”,

“Then He Kissed Me”, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, “Christmas”, “Hanky Panky”, “Chapel of Love”, “Leader of the Pack”, and “River Deep – Mountain High”, among others. “Be My Baby” (https://youtu.be/mSg-_6hU6_o).

Grofe, Ferdie (1970). “Grand Canyon Suite” (https://youtu.be/xc6oYN_2h6g) Hiking music

Gutherie, Woody (1970). See Post 18. “This Land is Your Land” (https://youtu.be/wxiMrvDbq3s)


Haggard, Merle (2007). “Greatest Hits”(https://youtu.be/ERQK64zTA6k) Add to blog.

Hall, Daryl and John Oates (2004). “Someone Like You” (https://youtu.be/AI7rwDeaaX8)

Hall, Tom (2019). “Made in the USA” (https://youtu.be/iEiw4VhiCVQ)

Hamlisch, Marvin (1986). “What I Did for Love” with Idina Menzel (https://youtu.be/89byDuKcaSI)

Hammerstein, Oscar II (1970). “A Tribute” (https://youtu.be/3SxEhF16cCQ) Add to blog.

Hammond, Albert (2008). “The Air that I Breath” (1975). (https://youtu.be/qiL9vO8E6tE)

Handy, W.C. (1970). “The Handyman” with Peter Berrymam. (https://youtu.be/ds03Lf5Y6LE)

Hanley, James F. (1970). “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” vocal: Lalit Worathepnitinan. (https://youtu.be/WbuxQMaAJBY)

Harbock, Otto (1970). “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” with Madison Cunningham. (https://youtu.be/o3tftJav9x0)

Harburg, Yip (1972). “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz. (https://youtu.be/PSZxmZmBfnU)

Harnick, Sheldon (1972). “An Evening With” (https://youtu.be/Aj_3tF8ua3U)

Harris, Charles K. (1970). “After the Ball” cello quintet. (https://youtu.be/AuWQHaDoG1w)

Hart, Lorenz (1970). “My Funny Valentine” with Richard Rogers. (https://youtu.be/iHC9b2uAGXs)

Hatch, Tony (2013). “Top Tracks” (https://youtu.be/jHPxxwYbENo)

Hayes, Issac (2005).  See Posts 3 and 41. “Walk on By” with the Bar-Kays. (https://youtu.be/iqR4CZj0mJQ)

Henderson, Ray (1970). “The Old Gang of Mine” Vaudeville piano.  (https://youtu.be/DFrPYG1Th1I)

Henley, Don (2000). Eagles. “All She Wants to do is Dance” (https://youtu.be/wFBHBSPvZbw)

Herbert, Victor (1970). “Serenade for Strings” Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (https://youtu.be/myByu13LMUA)

Herman, Jerry (1982). “Broadway Kennedy Center tribute” (https://youtu.be/dUFXAn9fJvw)

Hernandez, Myriam (2015). “El Hombre Que Yo Amo” (https://youtu.be/1ddK89KqVe8)

Heusen, Jimmy (1971). “Jimmy Smith Plays” (https://youtu.be/j8lcnBq_vA4)

Heyman, Edward (1975). “When I Fall in Love” with Tayla Smilowitz (https://youtu.be/VdAUnR_9nI4)

Hill, Billy (1970). “Like This” (https://youtu.be/HaoSSeIM9WI) Rapper.

Hilliard, Bob (1983). “Alice in Wonderland” Andrea Walker cover. (https://youtu.be/yVrZOIlKl0M)

Hoffman, Al (1984). “Cinderella” cover: Bruna Fonseca. (https://youtu.be/AbrGTnqrT64)

Holland, Brian (1988). “I’m So Glad” (https://youtu.be/4RVcB76FOc4)

Holland, Eddie (1988). “Jamie” (https://youtu.be/CNz7zyUAWM4) Add to blog.

Holly, Buddy (1986).  See Post 41. “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/uTDrMKjw2uc)

Howard, Harlan (1997). “Heartaches by the Number” (https://youtu.be/rQrl0psSau4) Add to Blog.

Howard, Joseph E. (1970). “Oh Gee” (https://youtu.be/CGab0_g9w54)

Howe, Julia Ward (1970). “Battle Hymm of the Republic” (https://youtu.be/lPbgTz9pCvM)

Huff, Leon (1995). “I Ain’t Jivin I’m Jammin” (https://youtu.be/W1KUO2LOvLg)

Hugo, Chad (2020) Neptunes. “Top 10 Beats” (https://youtu.be/j-Yn2lIyabo)

Hunter, Robert (2015) “Jack ‘O Roses” (https://youtu.be/uEoUNwPChig)


Jackson, Alan (2018). “Greatest Country Songs” (https://youtu.be/UrI_KKeIMTU)

Jackson, Michael (2002). See Posts 17, 18 and 41. “Billy Jean” (https://youtu.be/Zi_XLOBDo_Y)

Jacobs-Bond, Carrie (1970). “A Perfect Day” (https://youtu.be/vlnIphAJGxM)

Jagger, Mick (1993). The Rolling Stones. “Gimmie Shelter” (https://youtu.be/RbmS3tQJ7Os) Add to blog.

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (2017).  “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/Z_LRqVOEB8U)

James, Mark (2014). “Suspicious Minds” (https://youtu.be/r2Ip_3tdpBk)

Jay Z (2017). “The Story of O.J.” (https://youtu.be/RM7lw0Ovzq0)

Jenkins, Gordon (1982). “Night Dreams” (https://youtu.be/DkMjPohG7vM)

Jennings, Will (2006). “Texas Voices” (https://youtu.be/CzsG16-O2SM)

Jobim, Antonio (1991). “Wave” Cool easy listening. (https://youtu.be/a6KDpB6skA4)

Joel, Billy (1992). See Post 17. “Piano Man” (https://youtu.be/gxEPV4kolz0)

John, Elton (1992). See Posts 17 and 41. “Rocket Man” (https://youtu.be/DtVBCG6ThDk)

Johnson, Arthur (1970). “He’s Our God” (https://youtu.be/q5p5XwhtCjY)

Johnson, Howard (1970). “So Fine” (https://youtu.be/xwJZjbP4VXc)

Johnson, James P. (1970). ”Carolina Shout” (https://youtu.be/nSFGyipsNsg) Fox Trot piano.

Johnson, James Welden (1970). “Lift Every Voice & Sing” (https://youtu.be/Eo74Q3N9Cm8)

Jones, Isham (1970). “Farewell Blues” (https://youtu.be/K5tIwtl7IcY) 1922.

Jones, Mick (2013) Foreigner. “Rarities” (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m9M6dh5Ped5-zK1jKxNqWEJB0m34agmr4) Add to Blog.

Jones, Tom (2012). See Posts 32 and 41. “She’s a Lady” (https://youtu.be/V43fGInXiLE)

Joplin, Scott (1970). “New Orleans Piano Rags” (https://youtu.be/r1yqBt-PkT4)


Kaempfert, Bert (1993). “25 Golden Hits” (https://youtu.be/K_WwLYjwd78) Add to blog.

Kahal, Irving (1970). “I’ll Be Seeing You” Cover by Sarah Moyer on uke (https://youtu.be/n1n99W5BcW0)

Kahn, Gus (1970). “Yes Sir That’s My Baby” Lee Morse 1925. (https://youtu.be/LF8ZPIFj0VQ)

Kalmar, Bert (1970). “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” Cover by Petra Ernyeiova (https://youtu.be/2EtqkOVCQG0)

Kander, John (1983). “Chicago” Taiwan Soloists Symphony (https://youtu.be/KBx9U91KWOg)

Keith, Toby (2015). “How Do You like Me Now” (https://youtu.be/3umaLe37-LE) Great country song.

Kelly, Tom (2011). “Alone” with Billy Steinberg (https://youtu.be/EXt8iTyX7JE)

Kennedy, Jimmy (1997). “Tell You Something” Instrumental. (https://youtu.be/bv3XpdsPDSo)

Kern, Jerome (1970). “Overture: Showboat” (https://youtu.be/hbrQzZDXfaA)

Key, Francis Scott (1970). “Star Spangled Banner” History and song. (https://youtu.be/YaxGNQE5ZLA)

King, Carole (1987). See Posts 36 and 41.  “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/DcF4zYtMJxg)

Knight, Holly (2013). “Ten Best” (https://youtu.be/tqED_NN5o3Y)

Koehler, Ted (1972). “I’ve  Got a World On a String” with Harold Arlen. (https://youtu.be/_A-KxwYlEOg)

Kristofferson, Kris (1985). “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/cW3zJbHnKEA) Add to blog.


Lamm, Robert (2017) Chicago. “I Fall to Pieces” Featuring: Keith Howland (https://youtu.be/m5K7MRPPAkY)

Lane, Burton. (1972). “Finian’s Rainbow” (https://youtu.be/mfaz6vjNGEQ)

Lauper, Cyndi. (2015). “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (https://youtu.be/PIb6AZdTr-A)

Lawrence, Jack (1975). “Eight More Miles to Louisville” Master flat picker guitarist. (https://youtu.be/WP6M4YA1zMg)

Lecuona, Ernesto (1997). “Rapidsodia Cubana”. (https://youtu.be/vXMt-I-6luA) Add to Blog: pianists.

Lee, Peggy (1999). “Fever” (https://youtu.be/JGb5IweiYG8) One of the best songs ever. See Post 36.

Legrand, Michel (1990). “Paris Was Made for Lovers” (https://youtu.be/eIAJgTA_c-s)

Leiber, Jerry (1985). “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. (https://youtu.be/mbinW9clGnY)

Leigh, Carolyn (1985). “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/sS7wxekj8go)

Lennon, John. (1987). “Imagine” with Plastic Ono Band. (https://youtu.be/YkgkThdzX-8) See Posts 38, 41 and 47.

Lennox, Annie (2020). Eurythmics. “Sweet Dreams” (https://youtu.be/qeMFqkcPYcg) One of the great songs.

Lerner, Alan Jay (1971). “My Fair Lady” (https://youtu.be/3a9sgfLZARs)

Lewis, Sam M.  (1970). “Just Friends” with John Klenner (https://youtu.be/GWXJe89pdmE) Classical finger picking.

Lightfoot, Gordon (2012). “If You Read My Mind”. (https://youtu.be/v5tr_L31StI) One of the best songs. Add to blog.

Livingston, Joy (1981). “Pride and Joy” (https://youtu.be/9VfYJSgH6sY)

Livingston, Jay (1977). “Tammy” by Debbie Reynolds (https://youtu.be/HgVPyW9U1sY). Add to blog.

Loesser, Frank (1970). “Baby Its Cold Outside” duet with wife Lynn Loesser (https://youtu.be/0pfvZo2gmm8)

Loewe, Frederick (1972). “Brigadoon” (https://youtu.be/BTHpFFm7RAY)

Lynn, Loretta (2008). “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” (https://youtu.be/BCu83KvIb7M) See Post 36.


MacDermot, Galt (2009). “Leap of Faith” Current upbeat instrumental. (https://youtu.be/5wX-XD8gaSU)

MacDonald, Ballard (1970). “State Song of Ohio” (https://youtu.be/LL-HuATrKSE)

Madden, Edward (1970). “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” (https://youtu.be/uuKQQvuCxmo)

Magidson, Herb (1980). “Send in the Clowns” by Judy Collins (https://youtu.be/8L6KGuTr9TI)

Mancini, Henry (1984). “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/HgAJD0eiqJ0) Add to blog.

Mandel, Johnny (2010). “Theme from M.A.S.H.”(https://youtu.be/cO329NOzU2M)

Manilow, Barry (2002). “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/qK7UCPBywss)

Mann, Barry (1987). “Who Put the Bomp” (https://youtu.be/lXmsLe8t_gg)

Marks. Johnny (1981). “A Little Spot in Heaven” (https://youtu.be/3YOUwk8M7Vo)

Marley, Bob (2010). “The Best of the Wailers” See Post 41. (https://youtu.be/7IFZnyQhgfU)

Martin, Hugh (1983). “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (https://youtu.be/I6y1DL3rn78)

Martin, Max (2017). “Beats Journey” Style reminds me of an Oriental beat. (https://youtu.be/1TEuQDl9XDI)

Masser, Michael (2007) “Piano Covers” (https://youtu.be/slQQ1HaRhOI)

May, Brian (2003) Queen. “Best Solo Ever” (https://youtu.be/JYabmM-uxdE) See 46th Post.

Mayfield, Curtis (2000). See Posts 42 and 46. “Diamond in Black” (https://youtu.be/ZVANQheoRUw)

McCartney, Paul (1987). “Hey Jude” (https://youtu.be/tRnFHfI7WAQ) See Posts 12 and 41.

McHugh, Jimmy (1970). “I Don’t Want Everything” 1963. Add to Blog. (https://youtu.be/Bjp7bBGPHhw)

McKay, Al (2010). Earth, Wind & Fire “Isolated Guitar” (https://youtu.be/w0xLFbF3BsU)

McLean, Don (2004). “Castles in the Air” (https://youtu.be/TI9NjQK_xm8)

Mellencamp, John (2018). “Small Town” (https://youtu.be/0CVLVaBECuc)

Menken, Alan (2008). “Mirror Mirror” (https://youtu.be/E8-bMgDANEk)

Mercer, Johnny (1971). “Autumn Leaves” (https://youtu.be/i6e1-2yxQPs)

Mercury, Freddie (2003). Queen. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (https://youtu.be/fJ9rUzIMcZQ)

Merrill, Bob (1987). “Honeysuckle Rose” with Pearl Bailey (https://youtu.be/8vjCqjLw1mI)

Meyer, George W. (1970). “One Home” The Simpsons (https://youtu.be/GMPrduOUKhs)

Meyer, Joseph (1972). “California Here I Come” (https://youtu.be/ZEN0BBFBVYk)

Miller, Steve Band (2020). “The Joker” (https://youtu.be/dV3AziKTBUo) Super classic song.  Add to blog.

Mitchell, Joni (1997). “Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now” (https://youtu.be/GFB-d-8_bvY) Makes playing the guitar while singing look easy. See Post 41.

Monaco, James V. (1970). “Ah Ha” Piano by Zez Confry.  Ragtime like. (https://youtu.be/Mhc5Wdee03U)

Moret, Neil (1970). “Peggy” (https://youtu.be/85IdQprMiwg)

Morrison, Van (2003).”Brown-Eyed Girl” (https://youtu.be/UfmkgQRmmeE) See Posts 31 and 41. Best all time song.

Morse, Theodore F. (1970). “Ragtime Buck Dance” (https://youtu.be/_sJGxl04LRY)

Moy, Sylvia (2006).  “My Cherie Amour” (https://youtu.be/O799e2Q1tqs)

Muir, Lewis (1970). “Play That Barbershop Chord” 1910 Ragtime (https://youtu.be/IK-_PHRoibg)


Nash, Graham (2009). “Prison Song” (https://youtu.be/ukO2t_j–Kc) Add to blog.

Nelson, Willie (2001). “Always on My Mind” (https://youtu.be/R7f189Z0v0Y) See Posts 7, 38 and 41.

Nevin, Ethelbert (1970) “A Day in Venice” (https://youtu.be/dy-yXJD-opI)

Newly, Anthony (1989). “Why” (https://youtu.be/G8iFpJ7_xZA)

Newman, Randy (2002). “I Love L.A.” (https://youtu.be/KcADqxnQA_4)

Noble, Ray (1996). “Try a Little Tenderness” (https://youtu.be/iXF-HRP1KBI). 1932.

Nowels, Rick (2020). “West Coast” with Lana delRey (https://youtu.be/7BYTTRLsTyE)

Nyro, Laura (2010). “Stoned Soul Picnic” (https://youtu.be/N1CfSgsvqJE) See Post 36.


Oates, John (2004). “Maneater” (https://youtu.be/0yB0sS7w7SE) Add to Guitarist Post.

Olcott, Chauncey (1970) “My Wild Irish Rose” (https://youtu.be/KqaVX3UReG0)

Orbison, Roy (1989). “Only the Lonely” (https://youtu.be/kjq4wYuwgxs) See Posts 8 and 41.


Pankow, James (2017). “Trombone Jazz Solo” (https://youtu.be/n2wNI5UvHLo) Chicago.

Parish, Mitchell (1972). “Stardust” by Doris Day. (https://youtu.be/lYa2IkEzKh4)

Pardon, Dolly (2001). “Jolene” (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDL0eeSoU35wM&playnext=1). See Post 38.

Payne, John Howard (1970). “Home Sweet Home” (https://youtu.be/ue_OjlP0wQo)

Perry, Joe (2013) Aerosmith. “Crazy Guitar Solo” (https://youtu.be/jo6-wRbZnmI) Add to Guitarist in Blog.

Perry, Linda (2015). “What’s Up” (https://youtu.be/Hdc9tmH7310)

Petty, Tom (2016) “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (https://youtu.be/9TlBTPITo1I) See Post 41.

Piermont, James (1970). “One Horse Open Sleigh” 1857 sung by the Robert DeCormier Singers (https://youtu.be/O_g0OTuwduQ)

Pinkard, Maceo (1984). “Sugar” 1897 sung by Ethel Waters (https://youtu.be/S16cP4F1Wno)

Pollack, Lew (1970). “That’s A Plenty” 1914 (https://youtu.be/9HfPJWng4s0) Ragtime piano.

Pomus, Mort (1992). “Little Sister” with Mort Schuman – Rock & Roll. (https://youtu.be/-I38-iUIMwM)

Porter, Cole (1970). “What Is This Thing Called Love “ 1929 with Leslie Hutchinson (https://youtu.be/RCmn61kOVoQ)

Porter, David (2005). “The Masquerade is Over”. R&B. (https://youtu.be/rTpR1tQ4cGE)

Prine, John (2019). “In Spite of Ourselves” with Iris DeMent. Twangy voices duet. (https://youtu.be/P8tTwXv4glY)


Rado, James (2009).  “Hair – One Thousand Year Old Man” (https://youtu.be/ZZNdH8mL9YA)

Ragni, Gerome (2009). “Easy to Be Hard” with Maria Wirries (https://youtu.be/dtQ-SZ5eZGw)

Rainger, Ralph (1970). “June in January” sung by Kitty Carlisle. 1936. (https://youtu.be/mNIsm6Ic7Sk)

Randazzo, Teddy (2007).  “Teenage Senorita” (https://youtu.be/pg1Iabf_IfM) Add to blog.

Raye, Don (1985). “Standing in the Rain” (https://youtu.be/pNVNn46YeY0)

Razaf, Andy (1972).”In the Mood” 1940. (https://youtu.be/Tg0eQfijMMc)

Redding, Otis (1994). “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay” (https://youtu.be/rTVjnBo96Ug) See Post 41.

Rehbein, Herb (1993). “Malaysian Melody” (https://youtu.be/6ysF4BpHnJk)

Revel, Harry (1970). “Don’t Make a Fool Out of Me” (https://youtu.be/eBPOvSiCjB8)

Rexford, Ebon E. (1970). “On My Way” (https://youtu.be/vd51LvYrW_Q)

Rice, Tim (1999). “Circle of Life” by U.S. Navy Band (https://youtu.be/hlfTP7wYVzs)

Richard, Little (2003). “Lucille” 1957. (https://youtu.be/u0Ujb6lJ_mM) See Posts 36 and 41.

Richards, Keith (1993). The Rolling Stones. “Best Guitar Solo ever” (https://youtu.be/oZUp1gUQLyg) See Post 46.

Richie, Lionel (1994). “All Night Long” (https://youtu.be/nqAvFx3NxUM) Add to blog.

Robin, Leo (1972). “Blue Hawaii” by Haunani Kahalewai (https://youtu.be/eA1mqLWAQ54)

Robinson, Smokey (1990). “Being with You” (https://youtu.be/0P2a6aLDkkM) See Posts 11 and 41.

Rodgers, Jimmie (1970). “Train Whistle Blues” 1928. (https://youtu.be/J6KjvAC8l38)

Rodgers, Nile (2016). “Everybody Dance” with Chic. (https://youtu.be/7Jpc0E3ubug)

Rodgers, Richard (1970). “My Funny Valentine” with Judy Blazer. (https://youtu.be/iHC9b2uAGXs)

Romberg, Sigmund (1970). “Romance” sung by Doretta Morrow. (https://youtu.be/fS_UhW8Rzhc)

Rome, Harold (1982). “Fanny” by William Tabbert (https://youtu.be/aNAHywGXG_s)

Root, George F. (1970). “Battle Cry of Freedom” 1862. (https://youtu.be/l352d002di0)

Rose, Billy (1970). “Me and My Shadow” by Whispering Jack Smith. 1927. (https://youtu.be/RftR-G-c6XM)

Rose, Fred (1985). “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”  Willie Nelson cover. (https://youtu.be/JA644rSZX1A)

Rose, Vincent (1970). “All Night” (https://youtu.be/n2GU21sIRec)

Ross, Jerry (1982). “Everybody’s Trying to be my Baby” (https://youtu.be/ffX69XUEwkk)

Ruby, Harry (1970). “Thinking of You” with Bert Kalmar. Symphonic instramental. (https://youtu.be/Pi-FYhzVEtI)

Russell, Bobby (1970). Saturday Morning Confusion” (https://youtu.be/S3ZqjvfirtU)

Russell, Leon (2011). “Tightrope”. Pianist. (https://youtu.be/Qvep3Vsv_uQ) See Post 19.


Sambora, Richie (2009). “I’ll Be There for You” (https://youtu.be/UyurkgEW0HM) Bon Jovi.

Schiltz, Don (2012). “The Gambler” (https://youtu.be/cO4C4To56kc)

Schmidt, Harvey (2012). “Try to Remember” on piano. (https://youtu.be/GoAgFMx2O8c)

Schwartz, Arthur (1972). “Dancing in the Dark” (https://youtu.be/4vPm8Ztp06Y)

Schwartz, Jean (1970). “Radium Dance” 1904. Piano. (https://youtu.be/Cvn3Kr15azg)

Schwartz, Stephen (2009). “Alive” with Krewella – robodic sound. (https://youtu.be/7x-F-hH6nyk)

Sebastian, John (2008). Lovin Spoonful. “Younger Generation” at Woodstock in 1969. (https://youtu.be/XnsB4Ck__OE) Add to blog.

Sedaka, Neil (1983). “Calendar Girl” 1961. (https://youtu.be/qUlOyj9F5gM) See Posts 36 and 41.

Seeger, Pete (1972). “Turn, Turn, Turn” with Judy Collins. (https://youtu.be/n0xzyhoeu1Y) See Post 18.

Seger, Bob (2012).  “Night Moves” (https://youtu.be/_mRFWQoXq4c) Add to blog.

Sherman, Robert (2005). “Hushabye Mountain” by New Zealand Chorus (https://youtu.be/e61i2Vg37I4)

Shuman, Mort (1992). “Un été de porcelaine” (https://youtu.be/64GLj8yz6R0)

Sigman, Carl (1972). “Love Story” with Lai Fracis. Piano. (https://youtu.be/puRfNTmIXB0)

Simon, Carly. (1994) “Coming Around Again” (https://youtu.be/c0A7jAVDPJU) Add to blog.

Simon, Paul (1972). “You Can Call Me Al” (https://youtu.be/uq-gYOrU8bA). See Post 41.

Simpson, Valerie (2002). “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (https://youtu.be/2Pf6ru9vfVI)

Skylar, Sunny (2010). “Park Your Pistols at the Box Office” 1948. (https://youtu.be/D1Ioa3OWA-g)

Smith, Harry (1970). “Fatinitza” 1861. (https://youtu.be/pdceSJu0mnU)

Smith, Samuel Francis (1970). “America – My Country Tis of Thee” (https://youtu.be/gsGI1qJQV0o)

Snyder, Ted (1970). “The Sheik of Araby” 1921. Piano. (https://youtu.be/38KZroWx1ag)

Sondheim, Stephen (1975) “Top Ten Musicals” including “Sweeney Todd” (https://youtu.be/aXRivxyJhnU)

Sousa, John Philip (1970). “The Stars and Stripes Forever” United States Marine Band. 1896. (https://youtu.be/a-7XWhyvIpE)

Souther, J. D. (2013).  “You’re Only Lonely”. Pop song. (https://youtu.be/quglprlSQ8k)

Spector, Phil (1997). “Wall of Sound” “Da Doo Run Run” (https://youtu.be/LRmRBrnQq8o) See Post 41.

Springsteen, Bruce (1999). “Dancing in the Dark” (https://youtu.be/129kuDCQtHs) See Post 41.

Steinberg, Billy (2011). “Like a Virgin” for Madonna (Also: True Colors for Cyndi Lauper, etc.) (https://youtu.be/wf1MRb6PvQM)

Steiner, Max (1995). “Casablanca” (https://youtu.be/JsjPVNJlk_I) 1942.

Steinman, Jim (2012). With Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (https://youtu.be/owv_cL3bTDU)

Sterling, Andrew B. (1970).  “Meet Me in St. Louis” 1904. (https://youtu.be/P_mAqa1PpYg)

Stevens, Cat (Yusuf) (2019). “Father and Son” (https://youtu.be/P6zaCV4niKk) One of the best ever songs. Add to blog.

Stevenson, William “Mickey.” (2020). “Dancing in the Streets” for Martha and the Vandellas and many other Motown recordings. (https://youtu.be/CdvITn5cAVc) Add to blog.

Stewart, David A. (2020).  Eurythmics. “Lily Was Here” with Candy Dulfer on sax. (https://youtu.be/86BmSaXZMHw)

Stillman, Al (1982). “Keep Movin On” (https://youtu.be/6Sh_1YjABAg)

Stills, Stephen (2009). “Love the One You’re With” (https://youtu.be/HH3ruuml-R4) See Post 46.

Sting.  (2002).  Gordon Sumner. “Shape of My Heart” (https://youtu.be/NlwIDxCjL-8)

Stock, Larry (1988). “Blueberry Hill” for Fats Domino. 1957. (https://youtu.be/bQQCPrwKzdo) Add to blog.

Stoller, Mike (1985). “Hound Dog” with Jerry Lieber for Elvis Presley. (https://youtu.be/mbinW9clGnY)

Stone, Jessie. (2010). “Night Passage movie” (https://youtu.be/xATPM2HqSHI)

Strayhorn, Billie (1984). “Lush Life” (https://youtu.be/Znf6DYfaLpM)

Strong, Barrett (2004). “Money” (https://youtu.be/yeVx1C73o8k)

Strouse, Charles (1985). “Tomorrow” with Julia Murney (https://youtu.be/IxX1r9uzOGo)

Styne, Jule (1972). “Time After Time” classical guitar solo. (https://youtu.be/Q5PdkRLssbk)


Taupin, Bernie (1992). “Tribe” (https://youtu.be/5cA1Cth_FS8)

Taylor, J.T. James (2018). Kool & The Gang. “Ladies of Soul” (https://youtu.be/ceXcCWXDSB0)

Taylor, Roger (2003). Queen. “Somebody to Love” (https://youtu.be/CLZA575USmc)

Tempchin, Jack (2019). “Slow Dancing” with Rita Coolidge. (https://youtu.be/hB8HNj_MoKU)

The Isley Brothers (2020). “For the Love of You” (https://youtu.be/23W3wqAvsLg) See Post 36.

Tierney, Harry (1979). “Black Canary Rag (piano)” 1911. (https://youtu.be/zbPr0qoxdRI)

Tobias, Charles (1970). “Prusser’s Painkiller” (https://youtu.be/iTowbOom2KQ)

Tobias, Harry (1970). “Sweet and Lovely” with Welk Orchestra (https://youtu.be/Ft_KVv-aZRI)

Toussaint, Allen (2011). “Southern Nights” (https://youtu.be/3lY8kmocAjE) Add to blog.

Turk, Roy (1970). “Are You Lonesome Tonight” with Lou Handman. (https://youtu.be/cW5sipSfNno)

Tyler, Steven (2013). Aerosmith. “Dream On” (https://youtu.be/YONpMf_TKLU)


VanAlstyne, Egbert (1970). “Memories” with Al Jolston.  (https://youtu.be/3CAKtchltAs)

VonTilzer, Harry (1970). “Ragtime Cake Walk” 1898. (https://youtu.be/OVqp-tAYQ78)


Waller, Fats (1970). “The Joint is Jumping” (https://youtu.be/LKe6yH3ZwGo)

Ward, Samuel A. (1970). “America the Beautiful” (https://youtu.be/msK6MpnPF5o)

Warren, Diane (2001). “How Do I Live” duet with LeAnn Rimes and Due Voci. (https://youtu.be/3I2CBA6NQ1E)

Warwick, Dionne. “I Say a Little Prayer” (https://youtu.be/kafVkPxjLYg)

Washington, Ned (1972). “High Noon Theme” with Dimitri Tiomkin. (https://youtu.be/QJSO2JTcnfo)

Wayne, Mabel (1972). “Ramona” (https://youtu.be/C5iosYqbfWA)

Weatherly, Jim (2014). “Midnight Plane to Houston” (https://youtu.be/J3_JQr6RqWs)

Webb, Jimmy (1986). “MacArthur Park” (https://youtu.be/73v1RqRPKGk)

Webber, Andrew Lloyd (1995). “Think of Me” by Emmy Rossum in Phantom of the Opera. (https://youtu.be/XfTgCPUJwRk) Add to blog.

Webster, Paul (1972). “Time” techno beat. (https://youtu.be/V5pcFujHNuc)

Weil, Cynthia (1987). “Never Gonna to Let You Go” with Barry Mann. Sung by Sergio Mendes. (https://youtu.be/fmTDERxQUm0)

Weill, Kurt (1970). “Pirate Jenny” sung by Lotte Kenya. (https://youtu.be/oZecKsm0Mfw)

Weinstein, Bobby (2007). “Going Out of My Head” by Little Anthony & The Imperials (https://youtu.be/v3j9bAVqt3c)

Weiss, George (1984). “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Dagilelis Boys Choir. (https://youtu.be/HOIzRdDo_3I)

Wenrich, Percy (1970). “Peaches and Cream “ 1905 ragtime piano. (https://youtu.be/KaqUW__5IPs)

White, Maurice (2010). “I Need You” (https://youtu.be/bWb6MJ_lTPw) Earth, Wind & Fire.

White, Verdine (2010). “September” bass guitar player. (https://youtu.be/U-a09ZkSfi4) Earth, Wind & Fire.

Whitfield, Norman (2004). “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by the T(https://youtu.be/m7g3pLtgkK0)

Whiting, Richard A. (1979). “Till We Meet Again” (https://youtu.be/B82Y7lkxD2g)

Wilder, Alec (1983). “Serenade for the Winds” Kammerwerke Double Wind Quartet (https://youtu.be/3qM4ZmWy9o8)

Williams, Hank (1970). “Greatest Hits” (https://youtu.be/DAa2C9vqnM8) See Posts 18, 38 and 41.

Williams, Paul (2001). “For Once in My Life”. One of the best songs. (https://youtu.be/5DN3FRUPLh0)

Williams, Pharrell (2020).  The Neptunes. “Happy” (https://youtu.be/ZbZSe6N_BXs)

Williams, Spencer (1970). “Tishomingo Blues” piano 1917. (https://youtu.be/7E2SnhTSLbE)

Willis, Allee (2018). “Childstar” 1974. (https://youtu.be/pMxvVsIMstQ)

Willson, Meredith (1982). The Music Man. (https://youtu.be/PD3ypmrTSRg)

Wilson, Brian (2000). The Beach Boys.  “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” Duet with Elton John. (https://youtu.be/L5N1B-gESSQ). Add to blog.

Winner, Septimus (1970). “Gentleman’s Bloomer Waltz” Piano. (https://youtu.be/-jL6wNb4JpA

Withers, Bill (2005). “Ain’t No Sunshine” (https://youtu.be/CICIOJqEb5c) Add to blog.

Wonder, Stevie (1983). “Superstition” (https://youtu.be/0CFuCYNx-1g) See Post 41.

Woods, Harry M. (1970). “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” by the Hot Sugar Band, singer Nicolle Rochelle (https://youtu.be/W1CqMLW7Zqg)

Work, Henry Clay (1970). “Crossing the Grand Sierras” by the Fourth Coast Ensemble (https://youtu.be/bMKQVBFHoTs)

Wrubel, Allie (1970). “Gone with the Wind” Loek Hagen guitar solo. (https://youtu.be/QbVGETzb0jU)


Yellen, Jack (1972). “Happy Days Are Here Again” 1929. (https://youtu.be/J7Oukhkdg0U)

Youmans, Vincent (1970). “Without a Song” by the Chicago Chamber Choir. 1929. (https://youtu.be/eKspZz_FVWM)

NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Awards

Established in 2011, the NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award is presented to a music composition student whose work holds great potential for success in the field, and embodies the art, craft, individuality and qualities of communication of the best songwriting. To date thirteen young songwriters have been recognized:

Julia Shuren – 2021
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Just a few years into her musical journey, Julia Shuren has already made quite a mark. As a singer, songwriter, and pianist, she: caught the attention of legendary Motown arranger/songwriter Paul Riser, and developed a mentorship; has been featured on PBS Television and CBC News for songwriting achievements; wrote instrumental compositions for iHeart Media podcast “Hitman” which reached #1 on Apple Podcasts; was chosen to attend the Buddy Holly Songwriting Retreat in Lubbock Texas; and accompanied GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Alessia Cara on piano. Julia’s musical instincts kicked in at the age of seven, learning to play the piano by ear, and composing instrumental jazz. Growing up she was heavily involved in competitive sports, and songwriting came into play only about three years ago. As a business major at Rollins College, she took a songwriting class as an elective and from there everything clicked. With a limited background in music theory, she attended the Detroit Institute of Music Education for two years, and from there she decided to take her education further. Attending NYU Steinhardt for a Master’s in Music Theory & Composition is a dream come true for her. Her musical inspiration covers a diverse range, including, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, and Joni Mitchell to name a few. As a firm believer in breaking the boundaries of musical genres, she proves to do exactly that in her unique cross-genre blend. Her layered background vocal arrangements, complex chord progressions, and soaring melodies, immerse you in the raw emotion and authenticity of her art. Currently, Julia is working on her debut EP which will be released in the summer of 2021. She is regularly co-writing and toplining with other artists and producers, and has teamed up with Italian producer duo “WAMI” for multiple upcoming projects. A recent recording: “Life is Good:(https://youtu.be/t9lW2nrm_Qg) (RQ 7). “The creative process entails a great deal of rawness, authenticity and just pure freedom…from there everything else becomes second nature. For my next project, I’m about to go beyond all boundaries musically and lyrically, I can’t wait for the world to hear what’s coming next…”

David Mercado – 2021
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David Mercado is a native of the Bronx, NYC. He is an alumnus of Nyack College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition. An accomplished vocalist, David has had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and, internationally, in Brazil, London, Germany, and Italy. A recent recording: “Reckless Love”(https://youtu.be/DHs69s6nOCg) (RQ 9). Currently, he is a candidate for the Master’s in Music in NYU Steinhardt’s Songwriting program and the Music Director at Hope Hill Church and Cross Roads Christian Team in NYC. He hopes to soon start a Christian label and to continue to perform his music around the world.

Nono Chen – 2020
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Nono Chen, the 2020 NYU Songwriting Scholar, is a Chinese singer-songwriter, producer, media composer, arranger, and pianist based in New York City. Nono began playing piano at the age of four and was trained in classical composition at Shanghai Music Middle School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music in 2017. During her time at Berklee, she was selected as an arranger for several large-scale shows, among them, the Singers’ Showcase and the Commencement Concert. In 2019, she was admitted to NYU Steinhardt’s Master’s program in Songwriting, where her teachers include Phil Galdston, Barry Eastmond, Dana Calitri, David Wolfert, and David Swagg R’Celious Harris. Nono started her stylistic expansion and sonic exploration under the influence of such artists as Jacob Collier, Bruno Mars, and Dua Lipa. Her husky voice soars over a remarkable variety of genres and styles and her innovative and unpredictable musical moves take her audience on an exciting and unique journey. On her latest single, “School of Losers,”(https://youtu.be/zpjHcga2Cx0) (RQ 9). Nono surprised her fans by employing Latin rhythms and harmony. She’s in the process of shooting and producing a one-woman music video for her upcoming single, “Would You Read My Mind.” She performs live at various New York City venues, including Pianos, The West End Lounge, and Pete’s Candy Store. Nono was named a Mentee in the 2019 Society of Composers & Lyricists’ Mentor Program. She was the recipient of the 2018 American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers’ Ray and Jon Charles Scholarship for Vocal Arranging, the 2019 Berklee Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement Award, and NYU’s 2019-20 Paul Simon Scholarship.

Pance Pony – 2019
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Pance Pony is a songwriter, producer, music publisher, and teacher. Before enrolling in the NYU Steinhardt Master’s degree Program in Songwriting, Pance Pony was the Director of Recording Studies at Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn. There, she founded Wolverine Studios, an independent record label run by students, and the first label to operate out of a public high school. She was winner of the 2017 Global Music Awards for best songwriter. She addressed the 2017 NYU International IMPACT Conference, discussing her innovative work in music education. She was also the cellist for NBC-TV’s weekly musical drama, “Rise.” While studying at NYU, Pance is continuing her songwriting and production work, completing a children’s album, and working as comedy songwriter and sound engineer for “Views from NYU,” the student talk show at NYU Tisch. She also launched Pance Sounds, a music publishing LLC, through which she has released several of her own works and those of her peers. She is continuing her educational pursuits as a teacher at the Blue Balloon Songwriting School. Two of her recent recordings: “Cello Reel” (https://youtu.be/kTUr_OzhB5I) (RQ 8) and “Bloodthirsty” (https://youtu.be/_OSvx5BWCDE) (RQ 10).

Alexandra James – 2019
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Blending neo-soul and R&B, 24 year-old New York City vocalist and songwriter Alexandra James offers a fresh take on pop music, influenced by the jazz tradition. James attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance. Her original music is raw and personal, currently being honed through New York University’s graduate Program in Songwriting. James is an engaging lyricist with a compelling voice, unafraid to take on bold, sometimes controversial subject matter, which she presents with strength and self-assuredness. She delivers her thought-provoking lyrics with a resonant voice rooted in honest emotion. Raised by a single mother, James’ emphasis on the strength in and of femininity and independence within womanhood reflect an authenticity based in experience. This boldness and conviction can be heard in the recently released “Ascension,” (https://youtu.be/TBl68Up79Z8) (RQ 10 her debut EP. Comprised of seven tracks ranging from a Gospel-influenced acapella piece about exploring the thin line of battling or befriending inner-demons to a victorious neo-soul anthem of self-love. Though her music reflects a multitude of genres, themes, and influences, one thing is clear: James is a tenacious and spirited artist on the rise, whose voice is only growing louder and clearer.

Oskari Nurminen – 2018
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Oskari Nurminen, the 2018 NYU Songwriting Scholar, is a songwriter, guitar player, and aspiring producer from Helsinki, Finland. His sound is deeply rooted in the classic and timeless melodies of singer-songwriters like James Taylor, but he also never shies away from exploring new musical frontiers through collaboration. Raised in Munich, Germany, Oskari played guitar, drums, bass, and sang in bands throughout his teenage years. But it wasn’t until a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010, that he fell in love with the craft of songwriting. He hasn’t stopped pursuing that love since. Oskari received a Bachelor of Arts in Musicology from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, in 2015. During his undergraduate career, he was also very fortunate to be able to spend a year as an exchange student at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. Oskari has worked in artist management for one of the biggest pop stars in his home country, overseen record releases as a product manager at a boutique indie label, and he had the opportunity to co-write two tracks for an album by Finnish 90s pop icon, Mika Ikonen. However, his hunger for knowledge drew him back to school, and in 2017, he started in NYU Steinhardt’s unique graduate program in Songwriting. Without a doubt, Oskari is eager to see what this new chapter has in store for him. Recently, he was a semi-finalist at the Unsigned Only music competition (“Why You Should Enter – https://youtu.be/Zr5rELbcDaY) and a finalist in the best male artist category at the International Acoustic Music Awards. He continues to hone his craft one song at a time and he is looking forward to shaping the future of popular music, while constantly trying to share his knowledge with new generations of music creators.

Lauren Scales – 2017
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Lauren Scales, a candidate for the Masters of Music in Songwriting, has been named the 2017 NYU Songwriting Scholar. A Detroit native, Lauren is the daughter of internationally-acclaimed jazz artists Charles and Gwen Scales. She began playing piano at 4. By 12, she was singing with the celebrated Mosaic Youth Theatre. By high school she was a featured soloist with the respected Renaissance High School Jazz band and began to sing professionally with her parents. She earned a Bachelor’s of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, where she studied with such giants as Robert Hurst, Marian Hayden, Geri Allen, Ellen Rowe, Benny Greene, Sunny Wilkinson, Dennis Wilson, and Vincent Chandler. Lauren claimed Second Runner Up in NJPAC’s 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, judged by jazz icons like Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves. She received national recognition for her compositions during the Kennedy Center’s 2016 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. A recent recording: “Love Will Survive” (https://youtu.be/aiLwwsZwuYU) (RQ 7). Lauren’s aim is “To create a song that is all at once uplifting, poetic and emotionally honest, and that is accessible across genres and generations,” an aim reflected in writing that crosses musical boundaries, creating a distinct voice from a flurry of influences from all over the musical spectrum.

Nils Becker – 2016
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Nils Becker, the 2016 NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar, is a songwriter, guitar player, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Germany, his early musical influences included English-speaking songwriters, like Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler. After playing in several pop and rock combos in his teenage years, Nils moved on to pursue a degree in Jazz Guitar at The Nuremberg University of Music. While composing and arranging for and performing with jazz bands in Germany, he rediscovered his affinity for songwriting. He began writing songs for himself and, eventually, co-produced his first solo EP. Because of the influence of American music on his songwriting, he felt the need to further develop his ability to truly capture American culture in song. He moved to New York to join the unique graduate songwriting program at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts. He is studying with renowned professionals, like Barry Eastmond and GRAMMY®-nominee Phil Galdston, and has had the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals, like Shelly Peiken and Rosanne Cash. At New York University, Nils is leading the new founded Songwriting Circle, a group created for songwriters to share ideas and experiences and support and assist collaboration. While exploring different genres, collaborating with other writers, and writing for other artists, Nils remains committed to the music that he loves the most: pop-rock, country, and folk. With that in mind, he will spent the summer of 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. A recent recording: “Masterpiece-IndieVibes” (https://youtu.be/shIJ9fRHhaQ) (RQ 10).

Shan Gao 2015
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Shan Gao is an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her songs and recordings have been featured in the hit Chinese TV series Boss & Me and You Are My Sunshine. Released in January 2015, her songs “To April” and “The Road Not Taken,” both of which appear in You Are My Sunshine, have hit number one on most of China’s major music charts, including QQ Music, Kugou Music, Weibo Music, Xiami Cheng Live, Netease Original Music, and Baidu Original Music. “To April” was the weekly champion on the Mainland China charts and remained in the top 10 for more than a month following its release. The TV series has already received more than six billion hits online. Shan’s work was named the pop single of the year honor by the Abilu Music Awards, Sina Music, and Xiami Music. In 2013, her music video School Phobia became the hottest topic in Weibo and attracted more than six million visits within a week after its release. She has been recognized by the Chinese Mengniu Billboard Music Awards, appeared on magazine covers, and been featured in numerous publications. Shan is a graduate of Peking University, China’s most prestigious institution of higher learning. In 2014, Shan was accepted by Songwriting Master’s degree program at New York University’s Steinhardt School, one the first such courses of study in the world. At NYU, Shan is writing in a far wider range of genres, developing her English lyricizing, experimenting with new technologies and collaborators, and studying with a faculty that includes Rosanne Cash, Barry Eastmond, Glenn Frey, and Phil Galdston. A recent recording: “Roll the Dice” (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDEMs8_RCrFpp-dlq8CRkkGQwg&playnext=1) (RQ 9).

Monica Cialona – 2014
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Monica Cialona is a Singer-Songwriter, Composer, and Producer based in New York. She was born to Italian-Africans parents and grew up in Milan, Italy. At the age of 6, she approached singing as a game when she took part in a televised singing competition for children. On her 9th birthday her parents enrolled her in classical piano lessons; that was the best gift she could have received, because from that moment she completely fell in love with music. Her approach to singing was derived largely from listening to great artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion, whose songs she used to sing at the top of her voice when nobody was home. With time she realized that her voice was her main instrument and that she had stories to tell with it. She simply woke up one morning and realized that she wanted to sing. At 12 she started taking voice lessons and began putting in major effort toward fulfilling her dream. Monica began studying singing and piano at her town’s music school, the Green Music School, and after a few years she continued her piano studies at the Civic Music Institute “G. Puccini”. After high school she enrolled at the MAS (Music, Arts & Show) Modern Music Academy in Milan and simultaneously enrolled at the University Politecnico di Milano to study another passion, Architecture. These years were very intense, because she had to divide her efforts between University and the Music Academy every day; however, her passion has sustained her. In 2008 she graduated from the Music Academy, and in 2009 she completed her degree in Architecture with a thesis in “Acoustic Architecture,” where she developed a unique project about the relationship between Music and Architecture. During these collegiate years, she participated in several performances. Perhaps the most important was when she was selected to be one of the eight backgrounds singers of the renowned Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, participating at his televised tribute at the Italian Talk-show “Che tempo che fa”. Other significant collaborations included performing with a big Gospel Choir directed by the American Gospel singer and composer Richard Smallwood at the “Auditorium of Milano,” and singing at the Blue Note in Milan with the MAS Gospel Choir and American singer CeCe Rogers. She later started singing as one of the vocalists of the Italian Music TV Show CD Live aired nationwide on Rai2. She lent her voice to the recording of the opening theme song “Idols” for the Italian TV Show “Wanna Dance” on Boing TV and also voiced the character Aisha, acting and singing part, of the cartoon Winx for the musical “Winx on Ice.” Her last significant performance in Italy was on the Gospel Show “Stand up! A Gospel Revolution,” where she was chosen as one of the soloists, touring to several major theatres throughout Italy. In 2009 Monica was accepted at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a scholarship award. The Berklee experience enabled her to meet talented musicians from all over the world and professors who transmitted their love of music into their profession. One of them was the Professor Dennis Montgomery III, Director of the Gospel Choirs at Berklee, who was a very important figure to Monica. From the beginning he really believed in her vocal potential and approached her with various performance opportunities, including joining the Gospel choir in his church. While in Boston, one of her original songs was selected to be performed at the CWP/EPD Writer Showcase at the Berklee Performance Center. In 2012 she performed at the “Regent Theatre” in Arlington, MA, for the funeral/memorial concert in honor of Herb Reed, vocalist and founding member of The Platters. At the end of 2012 she graduated with Summa Cum Laude with the Major in Contemporary Writing and Production. Recently she recorded “On the Edge of the Earth” (https://youtu.be/odhATsQMJWA) (RQ 8). A Scholarship Award allowed Monica to study Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt in New York where she is pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Music Theory and Composition with a concentration in Songwriting and a additional focus in Film Scoring. During her first semester at NYU she had the honor to meet and collaborate in the studio with the Grammy-Award Winner Lisa Fischer, who selected and recorded one of her original songs.

Tiger Darrow – 2013
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Tiger has gotten many testimonials: Bill Wisener of Bill’s Records in Dallas, Texas said of Tiger Darrow in an article published in The New York Times, “Her music is her music, and it doesn’t sound like anyone else.”Pete Freedman of Central Track calls her a “talented, alluring vocalist.”The Dallas Observer called her “One to Watch.”Stephen Becker of Art and Seek: “Darrow’s ready to spread her wings.”Robert Jenkins and Nicholas Leggatt: “The talent and energy coming from the ! stage was so palpable that from the first song we knew Tiger Darrow was someone to watch… there’s no reason she shouldn’t be huge.”Gadi Elkon, Pearl Snap Discount: “Tiger‘s name invokes a lot of the qualities in !her singing. She’s powerful, vibrant, enchanting and striking.”Jessica Harp, Pegasus News: “She is charming and lovable, with the type of personality and talent to make it big. It’s only a matter of time before she takes the world by storm…”Scott Straley of AOL’s City’s Best: “In a music world that’s continually bombarded by next-big-thing wannabes with big-time backing and bought-and-paid-for media coverage, every so often an actual diamond finds a way to gleam through the glitz. By all indications, Tiger Darrow has a real shot at that distinction.” Tiger is a Music Composition major with a focus on songwriting at New York University, where she is honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Carol Bayer Sager Songwriting Scholarship, and most recently, the recipient of the Fall 2013 Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award (in tandem with the Songwriters Hall of Fame). Prior to making the move to NYC, she was a music major at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Austin raised, Tiger is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, cellist who appears regularly as a headlining performer at theaters, nightclubs, special events, and private parties nationally and internationally. An accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tiger has had the honor of opening for many artists including The Eagles, Edie Brickell, Erykah Badu, Loudon Wainwright III, and Zoe Keating. Tiger has been nominated as Best Female Vocalist and Best Solo Act by the Dallas Observer Music Awards, she was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriter’s Competition, and she won Downbeat Awards for Engineering in 2010, and 2011. Her work as a composer has also been featured in the Robert Rodriguez film, Machete, and in a host of short films. She has mixed albums and songs for a number of artists, collaborating with them as a songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist as well. Tiger has appeared on magazine covers, been featured in numerous publications, and has appeared in more than a dozen films. Tiger’s albums, You Know Who You Are (self-released), and HELLO (foreverything records) were released in 2011. She is currently at work on her next album. A recent single: “Thinkin About You” (https://youtu.be/S-SyQvtF3R0) (RQ 10). Fun fact: Tiger appears as Snow White in the AVByte Disney Princess videos which, within days of release, went viral. The first video,Hipster Disney Princess: THE MUSICAL-garnered 2.5 million hits within a week of release. The second (which also featured Tiger as Snow White),
Disney Princess Leia saw 2.5 million hits within days of its release.

AJ Smith – 2012
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An explorer since a young age, one of AJ Smith’s first musical experiences nearly gave his parents matching heart attacks. Somehow, at three-years-old, AJ had snuck out of the house to listen in on a piano recital at his godmother’s piano studio two houses down the street. In order to discontinue these spontaneous escapades, it was decided that, for his safety, AJ needed to start taking piano lessons. Since then, AJ’s curious explorer has never slowed down, constantly trying out new instruments and taking on fresh challenges. After attending the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, AJ was presented with the Optical Society of America’s Achievement in Optics award and new paths to continue his education in physics and optics were highlighted in a nearly irresistible shade. But there was no doubt in AJ’s mind that music needed to be at the foreground of his college education so in the fall of 2009, AJ packed up his keyboard and began his studies at NYU Steinhardt as an undergraduate Music Theory/Composition student. In NYU’s 2011 UltraViolet Live (UVL) talent competition, AJ was awarded best solo performance in the final round after improvising an entirely new song using a loop machine, audience voted genre specification, and three words from the judges. Since UVL, AJ has redoubled his focus on songwriting as a profession thanks to the guidance of his teacher, composer Herschel Garfein as well as songwriters Alex Forbes, Billy Seidman, and Phil Galdston. Whether inking in clever hip-hop rhymes or penning heart-wrenching blues melodies, AJ hopes to develop into an “any genre”professional songwriter and continue conversing with curiosity as he begins to enter into the fray of the music industry, once again feeling like a young explorer. A current example of his work “Confetti” (https://youtu.be/maG6Gg0Mmjk) (RQ 10). AJ is currently an undergraduate Music Composition major in NYU Steinhardt, who plans to enter the Masters Program in Songwriting and Film Scoring after graduation in 2013.

David Marenberg2011
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David Marenberg’s road to songwriting was unexpected. Just your average college kid, bored with his economics classes, he began writing music for groups around campus and found it far more fulfilling. At the age of 21, with a little more formal training under his belt, he wrote his first symphony, “California,” an unprecedented senior thesis for his alma mater, Amherst College. Eager to explore the world of visual sound, David enrolled in the NYU Steinhardt School of Scoring for Film and Multimedia. His ambition and success took many by surprise when after only 6 months of scoring to film, he earned a spot at the Aspen Summer Music Festival with professional film scorers David Newman, Jack Smalley and Jeff Rona. Encouraged by Dr. Ron Sadoff, director of the Steinhardt program, David began to seriously consider songwriting, and through NYU was exposed to songwriters Alex Forbes, Billy Seidman, and Phil Galdston. Grateful to be pulled in so many directions, David is embracing his new opportunities as he crosses over. David writes with a keen sense of orchestral color and dramatic arc, due in no small part to his work with film. Drawing equally from Ravel and Dr. Luke, David crafts his lyrics and melodies with the bigger picture in mind, the synthesis of emotional impact and evocative soundscape. His award-winning song, “We’ll Catch Fire,” (https://youtu.be/gIDc9JUdsDM) (RQ 10) draws you in with undeniable intensity and whimsy. He credits his college a cappella group for his musical “incubation”, where he was allowed to improvise (sometimes disastrously) with pop and indie arrangements. Merging his own experiences with the pulse of popular eclecticism, David’s style is noticeably influenced by multimedia artists Imogen Heap and Rufus Wainwright. He is uniquely attuned to the expressive possibilities of the human voice, both solo and in chorus, and is eager to continue giving that voice to others in addition to developing his own.