For the last 28 years, the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” has been inducting the best-known artists, producers, engineers and others into the musical history books.
Located in Cleveland, the organization runs the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll museum, which exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact of the genre, and educate fans and scholars about its history.
It was announced today that seven performers and two managers are being honored by the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” with an awards ceremony and concert in April that focuses on their contributions. Meet this year’s honorees below, and enjoy the classic tunes that best represents their legacy.
Cat Stevens is known for being the introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement who walked away from the music that sold millions to practice Islam. It was nearly 30 years before he recorded another pop record, and although it was released under his new name, Yusef, it is an embrace of his full musical legacy.[youtubeif DHXpnZi9Hzs]
Daryl Hall & John Oates‘s original mix of soul and rock has made them the most successful pop duo in history – with six Number One hits and 34 songs in the Billboard Top 100. Since 1972, they’ve embraced the pop mainstream and brought passion and creativity back to the 3-minute single.[youtubeif ccenFp_3kq8]
Nirvana ignited a rock revolution when “Smells Like Teen Spirit” blasted onto radio and TV screens across America in 1991. The grungy, moshpit party video and the bands kinetic live shows propelled “Nevermind” to Number One and turned singer-guitarist-songwriter Kurt Cobain into the voice of a generation, whether he liked it or not.[youtubeif ywsBvp4PyXY]
Few bands have inspired more kids to pick up an electric guitar than KISS. With their signature makeup, explosive stage show and anthems like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City,” they have been the personification of rock stars since 1975.[youtubeif EFMD7Usflbg]
Linda Ronstadt is the rare artist to dominate both the pop and country music worlds. Harnessing a tremendous range and power, her voice was one of the most important in the creation of country rock.[youtubeif haZPPBJC8Ic]
Peter Gabriel’s influence is so widespread we may take it for granted. The former Genesis frontman lead the new wave by blending synthesizers and drum sounds while maintaining the emotional honesty of soul music. Over 4 decades in the business, Gabriel has transitioned from cult artist to multimedia pop star to global rock icon.[youtubeif OJWJE0x7T4Q]
Bruce Springsteen played with the musicians who became the E Street Band in various Asbury Park–based groups as a teen, and formed the band in 1972 after he landed a recording contract. With Steve Van Zandt on guitar, Max Weinberg on drums, Clarence Clemons on saxophone, Garry Tallent on bass, Danny Federici on organ, and Roy Bittan on piano, they helped establish Springsteen’s reputation as one of the greatest live performers in rock and roll.[youtubeif rhN_ASbqZO0]
Paul McCartney has said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian Epstein.” As their manager from 1962-67, Epstein helped The Beatles take the world by storm as the driving force behind both the band’s first recording contract and their charismatic, mop-topped style.[youtubeif tNEBmdsB-MY]
Andrew Loog Oldham is best known as The Rolling Stones manager who propelled the band to worldwide stardom by crafting the band’s bad boy image and pushing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to write original songs.[youtubeif KzYWTIHqutA]
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