RAY DAVIES & DONOVAN: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Ray Davies of The Kinks and Donovan, both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday night at a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.
Speaking to us just before accepting his honor, Donovan said, “It’s a wonderful thing… When the whole world has heard a song and a whole bunch of my songs, for many decades, and the songwriters turn around and give me this honor, it’s a great honor. I’m so pleased.”
Among the songs he has written are “Season of the Witch,” “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Catch the Wind” and “Sunshine Superman.”
Ray Davies was unable to make the trip to New York since he was attending the funeral of his sister Joyce, who died at the end of May.
Also inducted were 10CC’s Graham Gouldman, who in addition to his own band, wrote hits for The Hollies, The Yardbirds and many others; and two guys who made their names solely by writing hits — Mark James for Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson; and Jim Weatherly for Ray Price, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Brenda Lee and many others.