The Kinks rocker Ray Davies was forced to miss his induction into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday (12Jun14) following the death of his sister. The musician was one of the big names selected by museum officials in May (14) but he skipped the ceremony in New York City after his sibling Joyce passed away.
The Waterloo Sunset hitmaker accepted the honour via video, and he also took to Facebook.com to write, "I am profoundly honoured to have been inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and disappointed not to have been at the event in New York but I felt it necessary to be near my family at this sad time of my sisters (sic) funeral.
"I wish to thank everyone at the Songwriters Hall of Fame who voted for me and give a special thanks to all the loyal Kinks fans who have stood by us all these years. I hope to repay such loyal support by trying my best to continue to write songs in the future that are worthy of such an accolade."
Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to pay tribute to Davies at the ceremony, performing his hits You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night at the end of the show.
Other acts honoured included Scottish singer Donovan, Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
Performers such as Miguel, Chita Rivera, Chubby Checker and Jackie Evancho also took to the stage at the event.
Beloved Wizard Of Oz tune Somewhere Over The Rainbow is to be named a Towering Song at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. The 75-year-old Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg tune, which Judy Garland sang in the 1939 movie, will join Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Moon River, Bridge Over Troubled Water and A Change Is Gonna Come, among the other Towering Songs.
The 45th annual Hall of Fame event will be held in New York on 12 June (14).
Previously announced inductees Include Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly, while the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO Doug Morris will be honoured with the Hitmaker Award and Imagine Dragons star Dan Reynolds will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.
Music mogul Del Bryant will be presented with the Visionary Leadership Award.
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Scottish singer Donovan are to be inducted into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 will feature the Lola hitmaker and Donovan, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like Mellow Yellow and Catch The Wind, alongside British rocker Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
The five honourees were selected by museum officials from a list which also included Madonna, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cat Stevens, Linda Perry and Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
The inductions will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
The tune, which was a huge hit for Gladys Knight & The Pips, was originally titled Midnight Plane to Houston until Whitney Houston's mum Cissy rejigged it.
But songwriter Jim Weatherly insists the hit will always be dedicated to Fawcett and her former husband Lee Majors in his mind.
Weatherly tells Nashville Story Source he wrote the song after chatting to his pal on the phone.
He says, "She said she was packing her clothes and she was gonna go back and visit her folks and she was taking the midnight plane to Houston. When she said that a little bell went off in my head.
"I actually used Farrah and Lee as kind of like the people in the song... It's just a simple little story about a girl that comes to L.A. to make it, becomes a star and everything, finds it too hard and goes back (home)."