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Probably not many; and many HOFs have a category or include songwriter's in their Hall; I think that is important too when you are talking about music; of course, the same nepotism or bias is there too; for instance Jim Reeves is NOT in the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Name a song that Patsy Cline or Elvis wrote/co-wrote. Now, if you are/were a famout Singer/songwriter you are likely to get in of course; songwriter only, probably not or certainly a long wait. Worse yet of course if if someone else originally wrote/recorded the song and a bigger star makes it a monster hit later! Think Gary Morris (who didn't write it) doing "Wind Beneath My Wings" and Bette Midler was it later? Or Don Gibson penning "I Can't Stop Loving You" in 1958 followed by the legendary Ray Charles version. Willie Nelson wrote "Crazy" while drinking at John T. Floore's Country Store in San Antonio but it was years later before Patsy recorded it; And Willie's "Hello Walls" became a staple for Faron Young of course. But some artist's are not jealous i.e. Johnny Bush wrote "Whiskey River" and he still performs around Texas today; another Willie staple. Though there is some controversy still as to how much Kris Kristofferson wrote in "Me and Bobby McGee" can we think of other's who successfully wrote songs that crossed over genre's and made other's famous as in Kris' "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Morning Comin' Down," "Loving Her Was Easier," "Why Me (Lord)" etc?
Wow I am overwhelmed by your knowledge here.
Interestinlgy, Wind Beneath my Wings" is exactly what you are talking about here. In some cases it was done with intent and others I don't know. Would you be content to have a song and do well with it and then have someone else have the Monster Hit? The song would always be remembered but how about you? I know I have read of song writers that write a song for a star that they think would be great for them and other times a star asks someone to write them a song and then all those other scenarios make your head spin. But I guess it all comes down to personality and of course singing ability. Wonder how many have both?
Also, we have not even talked about the financial aspects of all of this.
Good thing I am a professional fan : ) with no musical talent.