Bruce Springsteen, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee and Tim Rice have been selected as the 1999 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Hall, which is marking its 30th Anniversary this year, will hold its annual induction ceremony June 9 at the Sheraton New York.
Each inductee comes from a different category. Springsteen is post-1955 and Lee is pre-1955. Rice represents the international category and Darin the posthumous division. Springsteen's induction comes less than three months after he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and also coincides with a new tour that reunites him with his E Street Band.
Springsteen is best known for such songs as "Born to Run," "Thunder Road," "Streets of Philadelphia," "Dancing in the Dark," "Badlands," and "Born in the U.S.A.". He also wrote several songs that were hits for others, including "Fire" and "Blinded by the Light."
Lee is best known for two songs she didn't write "Fever" and "Is That All There Is" but she wrote "I'm Gonna Go Fishing," "Angels on Your Pillow," "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and others.
Rice is best known for his collaborations: He recently wrote the music for "The Lion King" with Elton John. Well-known individual songs from his musicals include "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (from "Evita"), "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (from "Jesus Christ, Superstar") and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" ("The Lion King").
Darin had a wide range of hits, and those he wrote or co-wrote included "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover," "Queen of the Hop," "Eighteen Yellow Roses," "Things" and "You're the Reason I'm Living." Darin died in 1973.
The Hall, headquartered in New York, also gives out several special citations each year. Those will be announced shortly.
Thanks to Harriet Wasser and Andy Stein for this contribution!
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