The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 inductees today. Kinks frontman Ray Davies, singer/songwriter Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly will be honored in a June ceremony.
Davies, who founded the band with his brother Ray in 1964, wrote the Kinks’ hits “You Really Got Me,” “Lola” “Tired of Waiting for You” and the rest of the band’s five Top 10 hits. Donovan’s songwriting credits include “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and “Sunshine Superman.” Both Davies and Donovan are previous inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gouldman, also a member of the band 10cc, scored his first songwriting hit with the Yardbird’s “For Your Love” in 1965, and has also written for the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits.
James’ “Always On My Mind” was first written for Brenda Lee in 1972, was famously covered by Elvis and Willie Nelson. Weatherly’s most famous song is “Midnight Train to Georgia,” penned in 1973 for Gladys Knight & the Pips.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony June 12 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.