Music From Elvis, Prince, the Jackson 5, Bowie, Deep Purple Added to the Grammy Hall of Fame

by VVN Music

The Recording Academy has announced the twenty-five new recordings to be enshrined in The Grammy Hall of Fame.

Now in its 44th year, this will bring the number of recordings honored with a place in the Hall to 1,038.

Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy, said "The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,. Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history."

Breaking from a tradition that often found albums and singles being enshrined in a relatively even number, this year's crop includes just four albums and 21 singles.

The four albums include jazz (Billie Holiday), country (Merle Haggard), soul/funk (Prince) and rap/hip-hop (N.W.A.) but, surprisingly, no rock, but the singles make up for that no less than fifteen coming for the rock idiom.

There also seemed to be an effort to include a representation from early blues (Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell) and jazz (Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong) to offset the high number of rock recordings. Country, though, was nearly absent with only the album from Merle Haggard among the inductees.

This year's honorees:

Albums
  • Lady Sings the Blues - Billie Holiday (1956)
  • Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard (1969)
  • Sign of the Times - Prince (1987)
  • Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. (1988)
Singles
  • Stack O'Lee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (1928)
  • Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell (1928)
  • (Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' JiveCab Calloway and His Orchestra (1939)
  • When the Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1939)
  • You Always Hurt the One You Love - Mills Brothers (1944)
  • Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (1957)
  • Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers (1957)
  • The Wanderer - Dion (1961)
  • You Don't Own Me - Leslie Gore (1963)
  • I Get Around - Beach Boys (1964)
  • I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (1965)
  • Mission: Impossible - Lalo Schifrin (1967)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & the Family Stones (1969)
  • ABC - Jackson 5 (1970)
  • Maggie Mae - Rod Stewart (1971)
  • Changes - David Bowie (1972)
  • The City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie (1972)
  • Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (1973)
  • I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt (1991)
  • Losing My Religion - R.E.M. (1991)
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (1991)

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