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ISA News Today ē Ed Sheeran has been named Songwriter Of The Year at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards in London         ē         Ireland, the most successful country in Eurovision history with seven winning entries, has failed to qualify for this year's competition. Iceland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Malta, Portugal and San Marino also failed to progress from the semi-finals         ē         Legendary blues man B B King will be buried on Saturday on the grounds of a museum dedicated to his life in Indianola, a small Mississippi Delta town where his career began. A funeral procession will take Kingís body from the airport in Memphis, Tennessee to Handy Park in Memphis, where King first achieved widespread fame, before continuing down US Route 61, often dubbed 'The Blues Highway', to his hometown of Indianola. The blues singer-songwriter, who died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, last Friday, will have a public funeral. King's hits included 'The Thrill Is Gone', 'My Lucille', 'You Know I Love You', 'Woke Up This Morning', 'Please Love Me', 'When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer', 'Whole Lotta Love', 'You Upset Me Baby', 'Every Day I Have The Blues', 'Sneaking' Around', 'Ten Long Years', 'Bad Luck', 'Sweet Little Angel', 'On My Word Of Honor', 'Please Accept My Love' and 'Rock Me Baby'. In addition, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him amongst the Top 3 most influential guitarists of all time         ē         'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke', penned by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway based on an idea from advertising executive Bill Backer, was the last tune to play on the final edition of the iconic TV series 'Mad Men', which aired in the US last Monday evening         ē         Six songs cut from the stage version of 'My Fair Lady' and believed lost, have been found, and will be performed shortly, more than sixty years after they were penned. The songs which include 'Come To The Ball', 'Lady Liza', 'Please Don't Marry Me' and 'Shy', were discarded by the show's authors Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, and turned up in an archive at the University of Sheffield         ē         Rapper Chinx who was shot and killed in Queens, New York early last Sunday morning, was hit multiple times in the body as he drove his Porsche down Queens Boulevard at around 4am local time. A 27-year-old passenger travelling with Chinx was also shot twice in the back and critically wounded         ē         The album 'Wilder Mind' by Mumford & Sons remains at Number 1 in the UK. It is also topping the charts in the USA, Australia, Ireland, Norway and Canada         ē         Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) has won a major if unexpected decision from a New York Rate Court against the Pandora digital music service. The ruling concluded that the BMI proposed rate of 2.5% of revenue was 'reasonable, and indeed at the low end of the range of fees of recent licenses'         ē         Britain's educationalists have outlined plans for all students to study such Beatles' songs as 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and 'Within You Without'. Pupils will be required to examine the melody, rhythm, harmony, structure, and meaning of each composition         ē         Elton John has announced the production of a movie version of his stage show 'Billy Elliot'. Elton said: 'It would be lovely to do a film version. There are other songs that we had had to leave out of the musical that would be great in the film'         ē         Songwriter Sid Tepper has died in Aventura, Florida, aged 96. His million-selling songs include his first published tune, 'Red Roses For A Blue Lady' which was a hit in 1948 for both Guy Lombardo and Vaughn Monroe, and later for Vic Dana. He went on to pen 'The Young Ones' for Cliff Richard, as well as songs for Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin, Carl Perkins, Jeff Beck, Hermanís Hermits, the Dave Clark Five, the Beatles, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. He also wrote 43 movie songs for Elvis Presley, more than any other writer. The Elvis songs include such Presley favourites as 'Puppet On A String' and 'All That I Am'         ē         For the latest news in detail, click 'News' at the top of this page

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Bruce Springteen
Bruce Springsteen
I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along...I'm a synthesist. I'm always making music. And I make a lot of different kinds of music all the time. Some of it gets finished and some of it doesn't...The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with

Billy Joel Billy Joel
I love telling stories, and I love hearing a good story being told. Songwriting is fascinating in that it incorporates two things that I love to do: create a story and write the music to it. Then I get to sing it and play the piano on top of that. My job allows me to do four things that I absolutely love. It doesn't get much better than that

Paul McCartney Paul McCartney
The great thing about John and I in the old days was that we didn't have tapes - but that was great because it focused us. We used to say to each other, 'if we can't remember it tomorrow, it's no good.' How memorable is a song that you wrote last night and you can't remember this morning? It's not good.
I'm still looking to write a great song.... You always are. You know, you never think, "Well, that's enough ... that's good enough".

Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell
You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining

Brian Wilson Brian Wilson
It started out ó my mom and dad took a little vacation to Mexico and they left $250 for food. But instead of food we went and bought some instruments. We got a bass, guitar and a set of drums. ... I was 19. Dennis was 15. Carl was 17. Mike was 18. Al was 19. And so we wrote a song called "Surfin'" in my living room. We were all playing and singing and Mike and I wrote a song called "Surfin'" and that's how it all started....The idea of taking a song, envisioning the overall sound in my head and then bringing the arrangement to life in the studioÖwell, that gives me satisfaction like nothing elseÖMy state of being has been elevated, because Iíve been exercising, writing songsÖNo masterpiece ever came overnight. A personís masterpiece is something that you nurture along.Ē

John Lennon John Lennon
"Do You Want To Know A Secret". The idea came from this thing my mother used to sing to me when I was one or two years old, when she was still living with me. It was from a Disney movie: "Do you want to know a secret? Promise not to tell/You are standing by a wishing well." So, with that in my head, I wrote the song and just gave it to George to sing. I thought it would be a good vehicle for him, because it had only three notes and he wasn't the best singer in the world.
"I Wanna Be Your Man " was a kind of lick Paul had - 'I wanna be your lover, baby. I wanna be your man.' I think we finished it off for the Stones. They wanted a song and we went to see what kind of stuff they did. Mick and Keith heard we had an unfinished song. We sort of played it roughly to them and they said, 'Yeah, OK, that's our style.' But it was only really a lick, so Paul and I went off in the corner of the room and finished the song off while they were all still sitting there talking. We came back, and that's how Mick and Keith got inspired to write... because, 'Jesus, look at that. They just went in the corner and wrote it and came back!' You know, right in front of their eyes we did it. So we gave it to them. It was a throw-away. The only two versions of the song were Ringo and the Rolling Stones. It shows how much importance we put on them. We weren't going to give them anything great, right? I believe it was the Stones' first record.
"Norwegian Wood" is my song completely. It was about an affair I was having. I was very careful and paranoid because I didn't want my wife, Cyn, to know that there really was something going on outside of the household. I'd always had some kind of affairs going on, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing about an affair... but in such a smoke-screen way that you couldn't tell. But I can't remember any specific woman it had to do with.

Allan Rich Allan Rich
I got a job as a waiter at The Source in Los Angeles, a famous restaurant, unbeknownst to me at the time, where a scene from "Annie Hall" was shot. It was a block away from my house. It was also a major hangout for music people and I met all these famous songwriters and recording artists there. I was their waiter. I was so frustrated because I'd see everybody's name on the credit cards and I couldn't believe who they were, and I didn't want to wait on them, I wanted a songwriting career like them. I used to tell the songwriters and artists at the restaurant that I was a songwriter but it was hard for anybody to take me seriously when I was wearing a black apron and taking their orders. I'd go in the kitchen and start to cry and say "How am I ever going to get out of this restaurant and make it as a songwriter?" And the manager of the restaurant once said "Oh, you're going to be here for a lifetime." But I ate, slept and breathed music and was very driven and determined and my manager didn't believe me when I gave my notice. He thought I was kidding. I still kept my job after I wrote songs for Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight. But that same year after I co-wrote my three Barry Manilow songs, I said "Hasta la vista, baby!" and never looked back.

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Avril Lavigne
I wrote ďGirlfriendĒ when I was drunk. The chorus was written in two minutes. It took nothing. And what's really cool about ďI Can Do BetterĒ is we wrote it, and then I just ran into the booth, and I sang. I laid down the verse, and ... we just used my demo [take]. It was totally different - so much fun!

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
Songwriting is an exorcism. I get all my stuff out there. If I didnít have this medium to get my experiences across, I would be lost

Billy Joel
Billy Joel
I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary

Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
My best songs were written very quickly. Just about as much time as it takes to write it down is about as long as it takes to write it...In writing songs I've learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.

John Lennon John Lennon
"A Day In The Life ". Just as it sounds: I was reading the paper one day and I noticed two stories. One was the drinks heir who killed himself in a car - one of the Guinness family. Tara Brown. That was the main headline story. He died in London in a car crash. On the next page was a story about 4000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire. In the streets, that is. They were going to fill them all. Paul's contribution was the beautiful little lick in the song "I'd love to turn you on". I had the bulk of the song and the words, but he contributed this little lick floating around in his head that he couldn't use for anything. I thought it was a damn good piece of work.

James Taylor James Taylor
I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could. To be a musician, especially a singer/songwriter - well, you don't do that if you have a thriving social life. You do it because there's an element of alienation in your life. I wish I could say, 'Oh, that would be great to write a song about.' But what I'm doing is assembling and minimally directing what is sort of unconsciously coming out. It's not something I can direct or control. I just end up being the first person to hear these songs.

Barry Mason
They asked us to do the score for a film titled "Les Bicyclettes De Belsize" - a beautiful, arty film, no dialogue, about a boy on a bike, who falls in love with this girl on a poster. So Les and I do four or five songs, and the day comes to present them to the moguls, and they say, "Great. Wonderful songs, boys - but where's the title song?" So I said, "With all due respect, you just can't write a song called 'Les Bicyclettes De Belsize'. It's not possible". And they said, "We must have a title song. We're in the studio tomorrow. Please!" So Les and I walk back up Charing Cross Road, quite depressed, go into Francis, Day & Hunter, find an office with a piano, get two strong cups of tea - our drugs! - and that afternoon, we wrote it. And ironically, it was the only song in the movie that meant anything. The others were lovely songs but none of them sold, while "Bicyclettes" is now a standard. So that was a lucky break. We were forced to write it.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber
I've always enjoyed writing, that was how I managed to lie my way into Oxford University with some of the worst exam results on record; I just wrote a very good essay, won a place at Magdalen College, and left after a term because there was nothing theatrical going on there and I was bored out of my mind. I went part-time to the Royal College of Music, but even my father told me it was a waste of time and that they'd educate my music out of me, so I didn't stay there long either. I don't wish to be told how to write a fugue in four parts in the style of Palestrina. Somehow, I don't see that forming queues at a Broadway box office.
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When Marijohn Wilkin received her first copy of International Songwriters Association's "Songwriter Magazine" in 1981, one might have been forgiven for thinking that she was at the peak of her career. After all, she had a song recorded by the Beatles! Not so - as she was to prove in the years after that. Marijohn Wilkin, doyenne of female songwriters, tells us her story.

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Exclusive interview with the man who has a slew of Gold and Platinum record awards from classic songs which have sold a staggering 65 million records. And today, he continues to churn out tunes recorded by popular artists, including the Cast Of Glee!

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"The only thing I had was an E-type Jaguar, my pride and joy. I absolutely doted on that car, and I sold it, to start Noon Music. It was the hardest thing but it was the only way I could raise money". Legendary UK publisher and all-round nice guy, Terry Noon talks.

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Gene Pitney Interview
"Today's Teardrops by Roy Orbison was a big hit, but not my biggest songwriting hit. That was Hello Mary Lou which I gave to Rick Nelson, and I've spent a lifetime analysing why it was as big as it was". The legend Gene Pitney talked to us about his separate songwriting career.

Hal Shaper - Songwriter
Hal Shaper Interview
"In the early days, I had no instinct towards fame or fortune, I just liked being a songwriter. I always used to wake up thinking, 'I can't imagine why everyone in the world doesn't write songs for a living!" Hal Shaper tells how an ambition to be a songwriter led to a career in publishing.

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Barry Mason Interview
"I wrote a song called Girl Of Mine for Elvis and there were two versions made of that.  One with just the rhythm section, for the fans, without The Jordanaires or violins -  and that's the version I've got". One of the greatest of British songwriters of all time, legend Barry Mason, tells all.

Lionel Bart - Songwriter
Lionel Bart Interview
"I wrote songs for Cliff for the film. The Living Doll song itself -  one morning, I was looking at the Sunday Mirror, I think, and I saw this ad for a doll that did everything. And I thought, "That'll do". Lionel Bart modestly makes the writing of an all-time classic sound so very easy!

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Sonny Curtis Interview
"Leo Sayer, a songwriter himself, was in his hotel room, watching television, and on came More Than I Can Say in this K-Tel commercial and he said - 'Wow, I always wanted to do that song'. And he did!" Sonny Curtis, writer of countless classic songs, tells all to the ISA.

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