Much more males than ladies have received the Johnny Mercer Award — greater than six instances as many. We’ve got strategies for future feminine honorees.
When Carole Bayer Sager accepts the Johnny Mercer Award on the 50th annual Songwriters Corridor of Fame gala on Thursday, she’ll grow to be solely the sixth lady to win the occasion’s high award. And he or she’ll grow to be simply the third lady to obtain it on her personal, not in collaboration with a male accomplice. The primary two have been Carole King and Dolly Parton.
You in all probability will not be shocked to be taught that extra males than ladies have obtained the Mercer Award. Many awards exhibits have a gender imbalance of their high awards. However it’s possible you’ll be shocked on the diploma of the imbalance right here: Greater than six instances as many males have obtained the Mercer award because it was launched in 1981. The tallies are 39 males and 6 ladies. (The variety of recipients exceeds the variety of years during which the award has been introduced as a result of 9 songwriting partnerships have received the award.)
In 1991, Betty Comden grew to become the primary lady to obtain the award. She received it in tandem together with her longtime collaborator Adolph Inexperienced. Comden and Inexperienced received seven Tony Awards for his or her work on 5 exhibits: Great City (1953), Hallelujah, Child! (1968), Applause (1970), On the Twentieth Century (1978) and The Will Rogers Follies (1991). Comden and Inexperienced additionally obtained two Oscar noms for writing (story and screenplay) for The Band Wagon (1953) and It is At all times Truthful Climate (1955). Comden died in 2006.
In 1997, Marilyn Bergman grew to become the second lady to obtain the award, once more in tandem with a longtime collaborator, her husband Alan Bergman. The Bergmans’ largest hit is “The Way We Were,” which received each an Oscar and a Grammy for tune of the yr. The Bergmans additionally received Oscars for “The Windmills of Your Mind” and their tune rating to Yentl. They’ve obtained 15 Oscar noms for greatest tune, which suggests Marilyn has amassed greater than another lady. (Diane Warren is in second place, with 10.)
King had a legendary partnership with Gerry Goffin, her ex-husband and songwriting accomplice, however she was introduced the Mercer award on her personal in 2002. The award thus displays each her ’60s hits with Goffin — “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” and dozens extra — and her subsequent solo success. Following her cut up from Goffin, she received Grammys for document of the yr for “It’s Too Late” and tune of the yr for “You’ve Got a Friend.” Goffin and King have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1990.
In 2007, Parton grew to become the second lady to obtain the award on her personal. Parton’s largest hit is “I Will Always Love You,” which introduced Whitney Houston a Grammy for document of the yr. Parton’s “9 to 5” was nominated for each an Oscar and a Grammy for tune of the yr. Parton was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame in 1999.
In 2011, Cynthia Weil obtained the award in tandem together with her husband and longtime collaborator Barry Mann. Their largest of many hits is “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Sizzling 100 in 1965 for The Righteous Brothers. (They co-wrote the tune with Phil Spector.) In 1986, Mann & Weil teamed with James Horner to jot down “Somewhere Out There.” It was nominated for an Oscar and received two Grammys, together with tune of the yr. Mann and Weil have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2010 — 20 years after Goffin & King (they need to have gone in collectively).
Sager’s largest hit is “That’s What Friends Are For,” which she co-wrote together with her ex-husband Burt Bacharach. It received the 1986 Grammy for tune of the yr. Dionne & Associates’ recording, which Bacharach and Sager produced, obtained a Grammy nom for document of the yr. Bacharach and Sager teamed with Christopher Cross and Peter Allen to jot down “Arthur’s Theme,” which received an Oscar and was nominated for Grammys for document and tune of the yr. Sager has amassed six Oscar noms for greatest tune throughout three many years.
The Mercer Award is introduced to a songwriter (or songwriting workforce) who has already been inducted into the SHOF, and “whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard” set by Mercer, in accordance with the SHOF website.
A whole of 439 songwriters have been inducted into the SHOF. Of those, 31 are ladies, together with a number of who’re worthy of consideration for the Mercer Award, together with Joni Mitchell, Valerie Simpson (together with her late husband Nickolas Ashford), Warren, Loretta Lynn, Cyndi Lauper and Carly Simon.
If the SHOF is open to the concept of giving the honour posthumously, they may contemplate Laura Nyro, Ellie Greenwich (together with her ex-husband Jeff Barry), Felice Bryant (together with her late husband Boudleaux Bryant) — and, going additional again, the nice Dorothy Fields. All of those ladies have been inducted into the SHOF and thus are eligible.
Feminine songwriters of observe who haven’t but been inducted into the Corridor — and thus cannot but be thought-about for the Mercer Award — embody Lucinda Williams, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift.