The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their 2012 inductees. Going into the Hall on June 14 will be:
Bob Seger - One of the great rock-and-roll artists and songwriters of the 70's through today, Seger is responsible for such classics as Night Moves, We've Got Tonight, Like a Rock and Ramblin' Gamblin' Man.
Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian folk artist who is the epitome of the term singer-songwriter, his numerous compositions include If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Early Morning Rain.
Jim Steinman - It's almost impossible not to recognize a Jim Steinman song with its dramatic builds and dynamic choruses. His many hits include Total Eclipse of the Heart, Making Love Out of Nothing at All, It's All Coming Back to Me Now and his numerous compositions for Meat Loaf.
Don Schlitz - A four-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year winner, Don Schlitz is responsible for such songs at The Gambler, Forever and Ever, Amen, When You Say Nothing At All and He Thinks He'll Keep Her.
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones - Musical theater writers of The Fantastics, I Do! I Do!, Celebration and 110 in the Shade, the duo has written such standards as Try to Remember and My Cup Runneth Over.
Songwriter Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb said of the Class of 2012, Each of our 2012 inductees has created a unique range of extraordinary contributions, a body of work that has resonated with audiences around the world, and greatly enriched our global culture. We are looking forward to celebrating their craft and careers at our Annual Awards Gala."
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future. In the Hall, musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while the organization’s music community outreach grooms the next generation of troubadours.
The SHOF biographies of each of its new members are after the cut.