June 12, 1996 @ Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Imperial Ballroom

The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrated its 27th annual Induction and Awards Dinner on Wednesday June 12 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City.

This year's inductees include Charles Aznavour, John Denver and Ray Noble. Special Award recipients include Burt Bacharach and Hal David (the Jonny Mercer Award), Freddy Bienstock (the Abe Olman Publisher Award), Frankie Laine (the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award), Gloria Estefan (the Hitmaker Award), Sumner Redstone (the Patron of the Arts Award) and "Happy Birthday to You" by Patty Smith Hill & Mildred J. Hill (Towering Song Award). Click on any of the inductee or award recipient names at right to read a biographical profile.

The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. The NAPM/SHOF is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.

John Denver

Charles Aznavour


Johnny Mercer Award
Hal David

Johnny Mercer Award
Burt Bacharach

Abe Olman Publisher Award
Freddy Bienstock

Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award
Frankie Laine

Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award
Gloria Estefan

Patron of the Arts Award
Sumner Redstone

Towering Song
“Happy Birthday To You”

Board of Directors Award
Oscar Brand

Board of Directors Award
Anna Sosenko