Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Soul Songwriter Finally Makes The Major Leagues

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Baseball players aren’t the only ones who get called up to the major leagues. So do songwriters.

At least that’s how it feels to songwriter Thom Bell, who’s written soul classics like “You Made Me Feel Brand New” for the Stylistics and “Rubber Band Man” for the Spinners.

As a result, Bell is being rung in as one of this year’s inductees into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

It’s an honor that Bell never expected but one he compares to “being top of the line... in the major leagues.”

It took a lot of work. Bell was one of the first songwriters working in R & B who preferred classical musical progressions as opposed to the standard blues chords.

As he puts it, “Those blues chords just didn’t exist for me.”

But while much of Bell’s music is written for orchestra, he doesn’t mind simpler songs. In fact, one of his biggest hits, “I’ll Be Around,” was written on a dare because, as he puts it, “Someone said, ‘I’ll bet you can’t even write a simple song.’”

Bell will be officially inducted on June 15 in New York City.

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