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ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Billy Joel Among New Inductees to the Pop Music Hall of Fame

by VVN Music

America's Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg, PA has announced their 2017 inductees.
  • ABBA - The group from Stockholm, Sweden scored 20 hits on American charts between 1974 and 1982, including the No. 1 Dancing Queen, as well as the top 10 hits Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All.
  • The Dave Clark Five - A frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show throughout the ‘60s, the English act was a constant on the mid-sixties pop charts with hits such as Over and Over, Because, Bits and Pieces and Catch Us If You Can.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Named after the three elements of leader Maurice White’s astrological sign, the group is best known for its hits at the height of the disco era - Shining Star, After the Love is Gone and Sing A Song - although one of its signature works, Let’s Groove, didn’t come along until 1981.
  • Aretha Franklin - “The Queen of Soul” recorded for Columbia Records from 1961 through 1965 before hitting her stride with I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You) on Atlantic Records in 1967. With more than 70 charted records, she scored No. 1 hits with Respect and I Knew You Were Waiting For Me, a duet with George Michael.
  • Marvin Gaye - A Motown staple through the ‘60s and ‘70s, he's best known for his big hits, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Let’s Get It On and Sexual Healing, as well as for his game-changing socially relevant songs, What’s Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology) and Inner City Blues.
  • Michael Jackson - “The King Of Pop” began as part of the brother act, the Jackson Five, but quickly evolved into a solo superstar and one of the top artists of all time. His Thriller album remains the best-selling LP of all time. He had 12 No. 1 hits, and had a phenomenal eight charting singles alone from the Thriller album.
  • The Jackson Five - This Gary, Indiana group began with four consecutive No. 1s - I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There - and charted hits every year during the 1970s. As the Jacksons, they continued to be a pop music force through the mid-’80s.
  • Billy Joel - The Piano Man singer-songwriter is well known for his live performances, including multiple tours with Elton John, and for more than 40 pop hits, including the ballad, Just The Way You Are in 1977, his emotionally raw No. 1 It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me in 1980, and his provocative We Didn’t Start the Fire in 1989.
  • Diana Ross - The former member of the Supremes launched a successful solo career in 1970 that included six No. 1 hits, among them Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Love Hangover and Upside Down. Her biggest hit was a duet with Lionel Richie, Endless Love, which held down the top spot for nine consecutive weeks.
  • Rod Stewart - From his signature Maggie May through his late-career albums saluting pop standards, he has been a constant in pop music since 1972. With nearly 50 charted songs, including the disco era chart-topper Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, he perhaps best known for his ballads Tonight’s the Night, Downtown Train and You’re in My Heart.
Jackson topped the fan vote for induction.

In addition, the Hall of Fame Nomination Board added the following "Legends" in recognition of their influence on pop music:
  • Pat Boone
  • Fats Domino
  • The Drifters
  • Connie Francis
  • Bobby Vee
America's Pop Music Hall of Fame is a relatively new organization that is still working with local and state officials for help in building a permanent facility in Canonsburg.