The Tunemaker Hall of Fame

How are they chosen?

Each year ten deceased American composers or songwriters
are chosen for the Tunemakers Hall of Fame
by Roger Hall, President of The Tune Lovers Socety.

These composers and songwriters (but not lyricists)
are chosen to recognize their considerable skill and talent
in writing memorable music.

In some cases there are more than one category for one person,
such as classical composer &
popular songwriter.
In that case the predominant category is listed first.

Who are the inductees?

Here are the names of American composers and songwriters
who have excelled in their music creations and
are deserving of special praise.
They are arranged alphabetically each year, with links
to other pages on this website.

This Tunemaker Hall of Fame list covers the years 2003-2008

2008

Leroy Anderson, 1908-1975 - classical composer & songwriter

George Duning, 1908 - 2000 - film composer

Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1815-1904 - popular & folk songwriter

Frederick Loewe, 1901-1988 - popular songwriter

David Raksin, 1912-2004 - film composer

George Frederick Root, 1820-1895 - popular songwriter

Virgil Thomson, 1896-1989 - classical composer

James Van Heusen, 1913-1990 - popular songwriter

Hank Williams, Sr, 1923-1953 - popular songwriter

Victor Young, 1900-1956 - film composer & songwriter

2007

Thomas A. Dorsey, 1899-1993 - gospel songwriter

Hugo Friedhofer, 1902-1981 - film composer

Charles Tomlinson Griffes, 1884-1920 - classical composer

Roy Harris, 1899-1979 - classical composer

Billy Hill, 1899-1940 - popular songwriter

Jay Livingston, 1915-2001 - popular songwriter

Alex North, 1910-1991 - film composer

Daniel Read, 1757-1836 - classical composer

William Grant Still, 1895-1978 - classical composer

Franz Waxman, 1906-1987 - film composer

2006

Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach, 1867-1944 - classical composer

W.C. (William Christopher) Handy, 1873-1958 - blues songwriter

Howard Hanson, 1896-1981 - classical composer

Victor Herbert, 1859-1924 - classical composer & songwriter

Edward MacDowell, 1860-1908 - classical composer

Lowell Mason, 1792-1872 - hymn composer

Alfred Newman, 1900-1970 - film composer

William Schuman, 1910-1992 - classical composer

Dimitri Tiomkin, 1894-1979 - film composer & songwriter

Harry Warren, 1893-1981 - popular songwriter

2005

Harold Arlen, 1905-1986 - popular songwriter

Elmer Bernstein, 1922-2004 - film composer

George Whitefield Chadwick, 1854-1931 - classical composer

Jerry Goldsmith, 1929-2004 - film composer

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, 1829-1869 - classical composer

Woody Guthrie, 1912-1967 - folk songwriter

Bernard Herrman, 1911-1975 - film composer

Miklos Rozsa, 1907-1995 - film composer

John Philip Sousa, 1854-1932 - classical composer

Jule Styne, 1905-1994 - popular songwriter

2004

Samuel Barber, 1910-1981 - classical composer

Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981 - popular songwriter

Charles Ives, 1874-1954 - classical composer

Scott Joplin, 1868-1917 - classical composer

Jerome Kern, 1885-1945 - popular songwriter

Henry Mancini, 1924-1994 - film composer & songwriter

John Knowles Paine, 1839-1906 - classical composer

Max Steiner, 1888-1971 - film composer

Randall Thompson, 1899-1974 - classical composer

Fats Waller, 1904-1943 - popular songwriter

2003

Irving Berlin, 1888-1989 - popular songwriter

Leonard Bernstein, 1918-1990 - classical composer & songwriter

William Billings, 1746-1800 - classical composer & songwriter

George M. Cohan, 1878-1942 - popular songwriter

Aaron Copland, 1900-1990 - classical composer

Duke Ellington, 1899-1974 - jazz composer & songwriter

Stephen Foster, 1826-1864 - popular songwriter

George Gershwin, 1898-1937 - popular songwriter & classical composer

Cole Porter, 1891-1964 - popular songwriter

Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979 - popular songwriter

Totals:

Classical Composers = 23

Film Composers & Songwriters = 14

Popular & Folk Songwriters = 23

For any comments or questions, write to:

The Tune Lovers Society


 

The Tune Lovers Society also sponsors
an annual event
known as,

National Carry A Tune Week

Tenth Annual Carry A Tune Week
will be held

October 3 - 9, 2010

Ninth Annual Carry A Tune Week (October 4-10, 2009)

Eighth Annual Week:  October 5 - 11, 2008

Seventh Annual Week:  October 7 - 13, 2007

Sixth Annual Week:  October 1 - 7, 2006

Fifth Annual Week:  October 2 - 8, 2005

Fourth Annual Week: October 3 -9, 2004

Third Annual Week:   October 6 - 12, 2003

Second Annual Week:  October 7 - 13, 2002

First Annual Week:  October 7 - 13, 2001

 

 


See also these links:

150 Essential American Songs (1861 - 1961)

50 Essential American Songs (1759 - 1860)

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

Classical Composers

Film Composers and Soundtracks

Popular Songwriters



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