Wednesday, December 8


Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle,” the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” and the 1980s classic-rock standard “Purple Rain” by Prince & the Revolution were among 30 recordings named today as 2011 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1973 by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees, honoring recordings “of lasting qualitative or historical significance” that are at least 25 years old. With the 30 inductees announced today, the Hall of Fame includes 881 titles, all of which are honored at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles.
“The Grammy Hall of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, said.
“These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture.”
Also among the latest class of inductees are Al Jolson’s single “My Mammy,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” The Beatles’ “Penny Lane,” The Marvelette’s “Please Mr. Postman,” Al Green’s “Take Me to the River” and The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”

Here is a complete list of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees:
“Bogalusa Boogie,” Clifton Chenier, 1976 (Album)
“Brigadoon,” Original Broadway Cast, 1947 (Album)
“Cat’s in the Cradle,” Harry Chapin, 1974, (Single)
“Cissy Strut,” The Meters, 1969, (Single)
“Dark Was the Night—Cold Was the Ground,” Blind Willie Johnson, 1927, (Single)
“Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me,” Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Featuring Al Hibbler, 1944, (Single)
“Frankie,” Mississippi John Hurt, 1928, (Single)
“Genius + Soul = Jazz,” Ray Charles, 1961, (Album)
“Heavy Weather,” Weather Report, 1977, (Album)
“I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5, 1970, (Single)
“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” Otis Redding, 1965, (Single)
“Joan Baez,” Joan Baez, 1960, (Album)
“Ko-Ko,” Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, 1940, (Single)
“The Koln Concert,” Keith Jarrett, 1975, (Album)
“The Letter,” The Box Tops, 1967, (Single)
“Lovesick Blues,” Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys, 1949, (Single)
“Many Rivers to Cross,” Jimmy Cliff, 1969, (Single)
“My Mammy,” Al Jolson, 1927, (Single)
“On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson, 1980, (Single)
“Penny Lane,” The Beatles, 1967, (Single)
“Please Mr. Postman,” The Marvelettes, 1961, (Single)
“Purple Rain,” Prince & The Revolution, 1984, (Album)
“Rockin Chair,” Mildred Bailey, 1937, (Single)
“Schumann: Carnaval Op.9,” Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1929, (Album)
“Steel Guitar Rag,” Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys Featuring Leon McAuliffe, 1936, (Single)
“Summertime,” Sidney Bechet, 1939, (Single)
“Sunday at the Village Vanguard,” Bill Evans Trio, 1961, (Album)
“Take Me to the River,” Al Green, 1974, (Track)
“Walking to New Orleans,” Fats Domino, 1960, (Single)
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” The Animals, 1965, (Single)


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