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Great American Songbook Foundation

Meredith Willson Induction Week - Songbook Hall of Fame

Online // Sep 17 - Sep 19 ET

Meredith Willson Induction Week - Songbook Hall of Fame

Available via @SongbookFoundation on Facebook and YouTube!


Meredith Willson

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll be left with nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to make today worth remembering.” (Harold Hill, The Music Man)


The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame celebrates lyricists, composers, and performers who helped to create “the soundtrack of our lives” with their contribution to American Popular song. This year's celebration will take place in the virtual space culminating in two weeks honoring legendary contributors to the Great American Songbook, Meredith Willson and Peggy Lee.


Welcome to Meredith Willson Week! With virtual opportunities starting at 12 p.m. ET each day from September 17-19, this year's 2020 Songbook Hall of Fame virtual celebration will be accessible via the Songbook Foundation's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Help us spread the word by using the official Meredith Willson induction hashtags: #SongbookHOF2020 #TillThereWasMeredith


About Meredith Willson:

Best known as the playwright and composer behind The Music Man, Meredith Willson (1902-1984) also was a noted bandleader, broadcaster and writer of popular standards such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” His personal papers are housed in the Great American Songbook Archives and are being digitized for online research access.



Meredith Willson Induction Week Festivities:


September 17 at 12pm ET - Go behind-the-scenes with our founder Michael Feinstein and Archivist Lisa Lobdell as they explore the Meredith Willson papers including early drafts and character sketches of The Music Man, images and signatures from the original Broadway cast and film, Meredith Willson's radio scripts, digitized audio and more!


September 18 at 12pm ET - Tune in for a discussion featuring musicologist Dr. Dominic McHugh on Willson's life and legacy - and hear about his experience researching Meredith Willson in the Songbook Archives


September 19 at 12pm ET - Enjoy a tribute performance by Songbook Academy alum and Spirit Award winner Jack Ducat


September 19 at 7pm ET - Tune in for Meredith Willson's induction spotlight! Learn about the life and legacy of Meredith Willson in a tribute video featuring photos from the Songbook Archives and comments by Michael Feinstein and The Music Man Foundation.


Stay tuned for additional virtual content including 

  • Meredith Willson playlists
  • Meredith Willson educational blogs and exhibits
  • Guest Speakers


Get Involved: The Meredith Willson Challenge

Submit a recording of yourself singing or playing a song from The Music Man or post a picture of yourself performing in a production of The Music Man or marching in YOUR high school band on your Facebook or Instagram page! Make sure to tag @songbookfoundation and use the hashtags #TillThereWasMeredith and #SongbookHOF2020. Our staff will spotlight our favorite submissions on the Songbook Foundation's social media channels during our Meredith Willson induction week!