Photo Coverage: 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards

The 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Awards show was a night full of musical highlights and heavyweights as SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David and President Linda Moran helped induct songwriting heavyweights including Desmond Child, Albert Hammond, Loretta Lynn, Alan Menken and John Sebastian into its hallowed Hall, and saluted honorees Paul Anka, Anne Murray, John Rzeznik and Milt Okun for their contributions to popular music.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 39 years, some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Steve Cropper, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison and Cy Coleman among many, many others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.


Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's VirtualMuseum at songhall.org.

Photos by Retna/Ltd.

 

 


Paul Shaffer


Paul Anka


Phil Ramone,Paul Anka and Anna Yeager


Phil Ramone and Paul Anka


John Legend


John Legend


Paul Anka and Anna Yeager


Danny Aiello


Natasha Bedingfield and Alan Menken


Tom Paxton


John Rzeznik


Natasha Bedingfield


Paul Anka


Natasha Bedingfield and Alan Menken


Albert Hammond


Albert Hammond Jr. and Albert Hammond


Joan Jett


Joan Jett


Joan Jett and Desmond Child


Desmond Child and Phil Ramone


Phil Ramone


Lee Ann Womack and Loretta Lynn


Anne Murray


Blake Shelton


Phil Ramone,Joan Jett and Desmond Child


Lee Ann Womack and Loretta Lynn


Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff


Loretta Lynn


Loretta Lynn


Alan Menken


Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff


Agyness Deyn


Tom Paxton


Hal David


Alan Menken, John Sebastian, Hal David, Loretta Lynn, Albert Hammond, and Desmond Child

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