Nominees Set for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced in its July newsletter this year’s nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Winners will be revealed at the annual dinner and induction ceremony on Nov. 4.

Nominees in the “Songwriters Pre-1971” division are Jim Anglin (“Ashes of Love,” “Down South in New Orleans,” “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide”); Hal Blair (“One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart),” “My Lips Are Sealed,” “Ninety Miles An Hour Down a Dead End Street”); Jan Crutchfield (“Going Going Gone,” “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Tear Time”); Johnny Russell (“Act Naturally,” “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together,” “Making Plans”); and Nat Stuckey (“Pop a Top,” “Sweet Thang,” “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line”).

Contenders in the “Songwriters 1971-1981” category are Larry Henley (“Wind Beneath My Wings,” “’Til I Get It Right,” “Lizzie and the Rain Man”); Dennis Linde (“Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Burnin’ Love,” “John Deere Green”); Layng Martine Jr. (“The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” “Rub It In,” “Way Down”); Dennis Morgan (“I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “Smoky Mountain Rain”) and Bob Morrison (“Lookin’ for Love,” “You Decorated My Life,” “Love the World Away”).

Competing for the “Songwriter/Artist Pre-1981” award are Phil and Don Everly (“When Will I Be Loved,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “So Sad”); Freddie Hart (“Easy Lovin’,” “My Hang Up Is You,” “Loose Talk”); Jerry Reed (“Amos Moses,” “East Bound and Down,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”), Billy Joe Shaver (“I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “You Asked Me To”) and Hank Williams Jr. (“All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down,” “Family Tradition,” “A Country Boy Can Survive”).

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to