Dolly Parton Tapped for Johnny Mercer Award

Dolly Parton has been named this year’s recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner to be held June 7 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. The Johnny Mercer Award is exclusively reserved for a songwriter who has already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a prior year. It acknowledges a collection of work that upholds the standard set by the Mercer, the late songwriter whose credits include “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Jeepers, Creepers,” “Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Commenting on Parton, Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Hal David said, “Her songs have a straight-from-the-heart appeal combined with homespun poetry.” Previous winners of the Johnny Mercer award include Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Webb, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim.