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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts all-star songwriters

Most of the press attention for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has focused on ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and the Stooges. But music-industry giant David Geffen and seven songwriters — Jeff Barry, the late Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, the late Jesse Stone, the late Mort Shuman and the late Otis Blackwell — will enter the hall as well, and an all-star group of performers has been lined up to sing their songs.

Fefe Dobson will sing the Barry/Greenwich/Phil Spector composition “River Deep — Mountain High” at the ceremony, to take place Monday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. And according to a press release issued Friday by Dobson’s record company, Eric Burdon of the Animals will sing Mann and Weil’s “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” Chris Isaak will handle Blackwell’s “Don’t Be Cruel,” Nick Jonas will croon “Teenager In Love” (written by Shuman and the previously inducted Doc Pomus), Ronnie Spector will belt out “Be My Baby” (another Barry/Greenwich/Spector collaboration), and Peter Wolf will sing Stone’s “Money Honey.”

The show will be broadcast live, beginning at 8:30 p.m., on Fuse.

Presenters will include Bee Gees members Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb (ABBA); Trey Anastasio (Genesis); Wyclef Jean (Cliff); Steven Van Zandt (The Hollies); Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (Stooges); Jackson Browne (Geffen); and Carole King (the songwriters).

Other performers will include Faith Hill, Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5, and Pat Monahan of Train.

Source: -New Jersey Local News


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