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Elton John and Bernie Taupin to receive Johnny Mercer Award

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Elton John and Bernie Taupin will be the 2013 recipients of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award at the 44th annual induction ceremony on June 13.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb said of the duo:

“Some catalogs are more ‘deep’ and significant than others not only because of their pertinence to the times in which they were written, but because their sheer mass is overpowering. It’s just not that easy to write 40 Top 10 records. It’s kind of like swimming the English Channel with your hands tied behind your back. Elton’s readily identifiable melodic piano style has proven to be a perfect accompaniment to Bernie’s razor sharp lyrics about relationships and living on the edge of life both in good and bad times.”

Elton John and Bernie Taupin have written 35 Gold and 25 Platinum albums together, selling more than 250 million records since forming their songwriting partnership in the late 1960s. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and are now being awarded the highest honour bestowed by the organisation. Past recipients of the Johnny Mercer Award include Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Paul Anka, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Paul Simon.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

The induction ceremony takes place on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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