Songwriters Hall of Fame to Honor 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'
USA Today reports that 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' the iconic song from 1939's The Wizard of Oz, will be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, now celebrating its 45th anniversary.
Judy Garland, who starred as Dorothy Gale, crooned the famous song as she pondered what life would be like outside of her Kansas farm.
The tune will receive the Towering Song award, which recognizes a song that has influenced our culture over the years. Among previous recipients of the honor are Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Moon River,Bridge Over Troubled Water,It Was A Very Good Year, Stand By Me and A Change Is Gonna Come.
Other honorees at this year's event will include Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly. The Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Doug Morris will be honored with the Hitmaker Award and Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.