Oh, don't get me started. It seems to me that somewhere about the mid-70s
we started to forget that songs were written by songwriters and sung by singers and sometimes (or most of the time) the singer is not the songwriter. There are important exceptions, but they are exceptions.
I grind my teeth when somebody says Janis Joplin's 'Bobby McGee' as if she wrote it
Skeeter's "The End of the World"??
Written by Arthur Kent and lyricist Sylvia Dee — the latter drew on her sorrow on her father's death to write the song.
I wonder if anyone hearing the Herman's Hermit's version of it has ever heard of Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee??
My guess is CDs are what did it.
On a vinyl album you had plenty of space for liner notes and, under each song they listed who played what on each cut AND who wrote it. Once we started making music in those little boxes there was no room for who wrote what.
And about the same time, the Disc Jockey's voice was silenced on most radio stations. The DJs I went to school with in Boston could tell you ~~without prompting ~~Who recorded a song, when, on what label, who wrote it, what the color of the label was AND everything about the 'B' side.
Anyway, this is the stuff of another thread.
Joe(and now another cup of joe)Nation