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Boyce And Hart To The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

It is hard to overstate the case for the former Tin Pan Alley songwriters from the very late fifties and sixties before they began writing for Don Kirshner’s bubblegum song factory and, with the exception of the more occasional Neil Diamond, wrote and sang the songs on The Monkees debut and when the Monkees were cast the Boyce-Hart music remained but the vocals were overdubbed causing a huge controversy and the real reason Boyce And Hart were let go.

So the 5th and 6th Monkee wouldn’t be in the Hall Of Fame if Monkees one to four failed to make it. But the Songwriting Hall Of Fame, what took so long? Proof of the Monkees, if not Kirshner’s, love of the duo is evident in the 1970s supergroup Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, and Hart.

The band broke up, the duo broke up, made up, and might still being doing except Tommy Boyce commited suicide at the age of 55 in 1994.

Is that enough of a reason to add them to Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame? Look, if all Boyce and Hart had ever done was write one of the great protest songs masked as a sad farewell (“Last Train To Clarksville”, they would deserve it. But in their career they recorded over 300 songs and sold 45M copies. Those numbers are huge. And the songs are perfect pop-rock equations, an algebraic sense of how pop works. Let’s get them in there.

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