1997 Awards Ceremony

1997 Award Winners

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Johnny Mercer Award

Goes to a writer or writers already inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and judged by the Nominating Committee as having established a history of outstanding creative works. At one time, this Award went only to lyricists, but it has since been expanded to include composers. Occasionally, the Mercer Award will go to a collaborative team such as Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; Burt Bacharach and Hal David; and Marilyn and Alan Bergman.

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Abe Olman Publisher Award

This award is given to publishers who have had a substantial number of songs that have become world-renowned and who have helped to further the careers and success of many songwriters. Past Awardees include the Aberbachs, who published many of the hits written by Leiber and Stoller and Doc Pomus/Mort Schuman; and Buddy Morris, who published hits by Jerry Herman, Jack Lawrence and Sammy Cahn.

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Towering Song

The Towering Song Award is presented each year to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years. Previous Towering Songs have included “Moon River,” “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” “Unchained Melody,” “When The Saints Go Marching In,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “It Was A Very Good Year.”

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