General Norman Johnson Dies

General Norman Johnson Dies
GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer General Norman Johnson died Oct. 13 at his home in Atlanta. No cause of death was provided. He was 67. As a lead singer for the Chairmen Of The Board, one of the most popular Detroit soul acts in the early '70s, Johnson had a Top 10 hit with "Give Me Just A Little More Time," as well as several Top 10 hits on the R&B Singles chart, including "Pay To The Piper," "Chairman Of The Board" and "Finder's Keepers." Johnson helped coin several hit songs including Honey Cone's "Want Ads" and Freda Payne's "Bring The Boys Home," and in 1970 he won a GRAMMY for Best Rhythm & Blues Song for writing Clarence Carter's "Patches." (10/15)

GRAMMY Museum Unveils Songwriters Hall Exhibit
The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles announced the Oct. 19 launch of a new Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery, featuring video highlights from annual Song Hall awards and induction ceremonies, information on all Song Hall inductees and honorees and interactive songwriting collaboration kiosks allowing visitors to try their hand at songwriting. The museum will host a series of events to celebrate the launch, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 19 featuring Hal David, Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman/CEO, followed by a Songwriting Legends-In-The-Round performance featuring Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, David, Mac Davis, Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Trustee Lamont Dozier, and Paul Williams. Other events include an evening with Jimmy Webb (Oct. 20) and a master class with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Oct. 21). (10/15)

Sanz Receives Premios 40 Principales Nods, Underwood Honored
Nominations for the Premios 40 Principales 2010 awards were announced today with pop group Maldita Nerea and two-time GRAMMY and 14-time Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz receiving five nominations each. Other artists receiving nominations were Miguel Bosé, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, David Guetta, and Ke$ha. The awards ceremony will take place on Dec. 10 in Madrid. In more awards news, GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood received Inspirational Video of the Year honors for "Temporary Home" at the Inspirational Country Music Awards on Oct. 14 in Nashville. Other artists picking up awards included Tommy Brandt, Mary James, Craig Morgan, and Point Of Grace. (10/15)

APRA, AMCOS Report Record Year
The Australasian Performing Rights Association and sister rights body the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society reported a record year for the 12 months ending June 30, with a combined income of $220 million, up 5.8 percent from the previous year. Net distributable income to the societies' members reached $193 million, but as stand-alone organizations AMCOS revenue was down 1.4 percent to $49 million due to a tough climate for CD sales, while APRA reported an 8 percent increase in gross revenue to $171 million. (10/15)

 

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