Who’s Who in Nashville Songwriting. To the world, Nashville is synonymous with music and songwriting.  Since 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has honored Music City’s top tunesmiths – some of the greatest writers ever to pick a guitar, play a piano or put pencil to paper in search of the perfect song. 

The Hall of Fame boasts members from all genres of music who have reached the pinnacle of their craft.  Induction into the Hall of Fame is one of the nation's highest songwriting honors and the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Nashville songwriting community.

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1980's Inductees Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Bob Miller Induction Year (1970)

Ben Peters Induction Year (1980)

Billy Sherrill Induction Year (1984)

Billy Hill Induction Year (1982)

Hoagy Carmichael Induction Year (1988)

Chuck Berry Induction Year (1982)

Leadbelly Induction Year (1980)

Carl Perkins Induction Year (1985)

Bob McDill Induction Year (1985)

Maggie Cavender Induction Year (1989)

Bobby Bradock Induction Year (1981)

Otis Blackwell Induction Year (1986)

Rory Bourke Induction Year (1989)

Ray Whitley Induction Year (1981)

W.C. Handy Induction Year (1983)

Mickey Newbury Induction Year (1980)

Sonny Throckmorton Induction Year (1987)

Ray Stevens Induction Year (1980)

Beasley Smith Induction Year (1983)

Whitey Shafer Induction Year (1989)

Troy Seals Induction Year (1988)

Roy Orbison Induction Year (1987)

Loretta Lynn Induction Year (1983)

Dolly Parton Induction Year (1986)

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