June 10, 2005

NOT WASTIN' TIME:

Cropper to Be Inducted in Songwriters Hall (NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, June 10, 2005, AP)

Steve Cropper knew "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and "Knock On Wood" had the potential to be monster hits as soon as he penned them. But executives at the legendary Stax Records saw them as recording session outtakes. [...]

Besides Cropper, other inductees included John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, and Bill Withers. Smokey Robinson, a previous inductee, was picked to get the Johnny Mercer Award, while relative newcomer Alicia Keys was selected for the Starlight Award, given to accomplished young songwriters.

Les Paul, who celebrated his 90th birthday Thursday, was the choice for the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2005 5:50 PM
Comments

If all Steve Cropper helped write was "Time is Tight" for Booker T. and the MGs, that was enough for the songwriters hall of fame.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at June 10, 2005 10:45 PM

Alicia Keys.

Ugh.

She's a horribly overrated EVERYTHING -- singer, pianist and certainly songwriter.

Posted by: SP at June 11, 2005 6:57 PM

SP:

No, not really.

She has a unique delivery, and that's enough. She only has to be competent at the rest, which she assuredly is.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at June 12, 2005 8:22 AM
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