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Hall of Fame

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. Honors acknowledge those that have made significant contributions to the Great American Songbook, and new members are inducted into the Hall of Fame annually.


JUST RELEASED: 2021 Inductee Websites honoring Sammy Cahn, Melissa Manchester and Billy Strayhorn. Explore now!


Sammy Cahn with a plantive look on his face in horn rimmed glasses.   Melissa Manchester with wild curly red hair and a huge smile.   Billy Strayhorn in horn rimmed glasses and a shy smile plays the piano.

The 2021 induction ceremony honoring legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester and composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn took place virtually on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. If you missed the ceremony, we invite you to watch on-demand on our YouTube channel.


The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame is funded by a generous contribution from Dr. and Mrs. Charles Simons.