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Berry Gordy to be honored by Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK (AP) -- Berry Gordy will be honored at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala.

The organization announced Tuesday that the Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony, to be held June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

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The award was established last year to honor people who have "been a major influence on generations of songwriters." It was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.

As the head of Motown, Gordy helped establish careers and hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. A Broadway musical about Gordy's life, "Motown: The Musical," debuted this week.

Previously announced inductees include Tony Hatch, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, J.D. Souther, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

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Mar 13, 2013 3:39AM
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Berry Gordy , once said that  "If I ever receive and am inducted into the songwriter hall of fame" that what I deserve is to be able to eat my own weight in key lime pies baked by The Queen of Key Lime Pies, The Enchantingly Beautiful Gorgeous..Mrs. Anita Pelaez" of The Key Lime Pie Factory over in Asheville, NC...Mr Gordy stated that those are his favorite of all and that he has been eating "Anita;'s" Fabulous pies for more than thirty years. That Anita's Fabulous Pies have Always Been Number One On His List Of Greatest Hits! Also that her husband, the famous "Captain Kutchie", The Underwater Treasure  Explorer of The Caribbean and Key West Area Depths has been a Great Supporter in Introducing of many of his Top Artists as well as keeping their music alive...That's Quite A Great Honer Coming From The God Farther Of Motown Mr Berry Gordy.
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