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The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 13:16
by Dr Markus
Well? Burt Freeman Bacharach?, Jim Steinman? name and put forward some other names.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 13:22
by Moleskin
Professional songwriter/team (Bacharach and David), or performer/songwriter whose songs work really well for other performers (Leonard Cohen)?

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 13:24
by Dr Markus
Lets go Krazy, either can be nominated.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 13:27
by Moleskin
in the first category then, off the top of my noggin:

Bacharach-David
Holland-Dozier-Holland
Barrett-Strong
Goffin-King
Mann-Weil
and for a few years at least, Lennon-McCartney

(for now)

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 13:28
by Moleskin
in the second category:

Lennon-McCartney
Leonard Cohen
Bob Dylan

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 15:41
by Charlie O.
Smokey Robinson should be in there.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 15:47
by Moleskin
S.A.W.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 15:58
by Osgood
Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers/Hart, the Gershwins.

Oh, you mean nothing before R&R? Then Moleskin nailed it, except he missed Leiber/Stoller, Pomus/Shuman and Barry/Greenwich

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 16:14
by Moleskin
Osgood wrote:Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers/Hart, the Gershwins.

Oh, you mean nothing before R&R? Then Moleskin nailed it, except he missed Leiber/Stoller, Pomus/Shuman and Barry/Greenwich


Well, I was working off the top of my head. Those are all good picks, including the pre-rock choices. Although I did wonder, based on the question, whether Markus wasn't interested more in singer-songwriter types who also wrote for others, or were covered by them.

I surprised myself by realising that in the 60s, Lennon-McCartney wrote hits for other people (mostly cast-offs, if we're honest) like 'Bad To Me' and 'Step Inside Love', but subsequently it's all been covers of their Beatles material, with a few exceptions.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 16:15
by Moleskin
Charlie O. wrote:Smokey Robinson should be in there.


He should. And Marvin Gaye too, I think? Didn't he have a hand in some of the early Motown hits?

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 16:33
by Geezee
Gibb brothers. Maybe Bowie.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 16:36
by harvey k-tel
Osgood wrote:Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers/Hart, the Gershwins.

Oh, you mean nothing before R&R? Then Moleskin nailed it, except he missed Leiber/Stoller, Pomus/Shuman and Barry/Greenwich


The Bryants.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 16:41
by Moleskin
Geezee wrote:Gibb brothers. Maybe Bowie.


Wasn't it mostly Barry?

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 17:21
by Osgood
Boyce /Hart
Glen Campbell
Neil Diamond

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 17:58
by Muskrat
Osgood wrote:Boyce /Hart
Glen Campbell
Neil Diamond


Glen Campbell? He wrote Less of Me, Try a Little Kindness, and not much more.

I was going to say "Jimmy Webb."

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 18:25
by Osgood
Muskrat wrote:
Osgood wrote:Boyce /Hart
Glen Campbell
Neil Diamond


Glen Campbell? He wrote Less of Me, Try a Little Kindness, and not much more.

I was going to say "Jimmy Webb."


I wrote Glen Campbell but was thinking about Jimmy Webb. Geez, é brutta la vecchiaia

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 18:40
by Tactful Cactus
That guy Trad Arr must be a billionaire

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 18:50
by Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman
Tactful Cactus wrote:That guy Trad Arr must be a billionaire


Hm.

I think mr. P. Domain is up there too.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 18:51
by Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman
Moleskin wrote:S.A.W.


Not bad. The aural equivalent of torture porn.

Re: The Best SongWriter For Other Artists.

Posted: 10 Nov 2017, 21:26
by Positive Passion
Surely you want someone who does perform songs but also writes for others, rather than a lieber or a stoller.

Barry Gibb would win.