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February 26, 2009

SHOF to induct Bon Jovi, Sambora

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year along with fellow Jersey-connected artists Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, the organization announced today.

"I can think of no better way to mark our 40th anniversary than by inducting this group of eminent songwriters whose extraordinary accomplishments have made an indelible impression on the world's musical culture," said SHOF chairman/CEO Hal David in a prepared statement.

Bon Jovi and Sambora are the chief songwriters in the band Bon Jovi, and their compositions (with and without other collaborators) include "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Lay Your Hands on Me," "It's My Life" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Cavaliere and Brigati scored their biggest success together in the 1960s as members of The Young Rascals, which eventually was shortened to The Rascals; their songwriting accomplishments include the hits "Groovin'," "A Beautiful Morning," "How Can I Be Sure" and "People Got to Be Free."

The ceremony is set for June 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Tickets, priced at $1,000 each, are available by calling (212) 573-6933.

Posted by riesambo at February 26, 2009 06:42 AM