SHORT TAKES : Presley Hit Songwriter Honored
The Songwriters Hall of Fame said Thursday that it will induct Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who wrote “Leader of the Pack,” and Otis Blackwell, who penned many of the tunes Elvis Presley sang.
Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose bossa nova hits include “The Girl from Ipanema,” will be honored in the international category, said the Hall of Fame’s president, lyricist Sammy Cahn.
The 1991 inductees will be honored May 29 at the organization’s 22nd annual dinner, Cahn said.
Barry and Greenwich co-wrote hits including “Leader of the Pack” in the 1960s, and Blackwell wrote songs for Presley such as “Don’t Be Cruel,” “All Shook Up,” “Return to Sender” and “One Broken Heart for Sale.”
Howard Greenfield, long-time collaborator with Neil Sedaka, will be inducted in the posthumous category. Sedaka was inducted previously.