James Brown, Curtis Mayfield For Songwriting Honors

James Brown, the late Curtis Mayfield, and Brian Wilson are among the folks who will be honored next month for their accomplishments by the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters' Hall Of Fame.

Brown, a.k.a. the Godfather of Soul, will be inducted at a dinner on June 15 in New York City, as will Don Henley, Glenn Frey, James Taylor, and Wilson. Curtis Mayfield, who passed away last year (see "Soul Legend Curtis Mayfield Dead At 57"), will also be inducted posthumously.

Special recognition awards will be given to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who will receive the Johnny Mercer Award; Neil Diamond, who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Johnny Mathis, who will take home the Hitmaker Award.

Since its formation in 1969, the Songwriters' Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those who compose and create popular music around the world.


the course of 30 years, the Hall has inducted Burt Bacharach, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Cole Porter, Otis Redding, Sir Elton John, and Stevie Wonder, among others.