Twenty seven new titles, including recordings by Lou Reed and Neil Young, have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame (15 singles, 12 albums), recognizing their “qualitative or historical significance”.
The new inductees raises the total number of recordings honored by the Recording Academy to 987. Recordings are chosen by a special member committee that includes professionals from all branches of the academy with final approval coming from the academy’s National Board of Trustees.
Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy, said “With recordings dating as early as 1909 through the late ’80s, this year’s GRAMMY Hall Of Fame entries not only represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings but also reflect the changing climate of music through the decades. These memorable, inspiring and iconic recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history.”
The late-Lou Reed is honored for the second time in twenty-four hours, earlier today with his naming to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now with his single Take a Walk on the Wild Side being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. He had previously made it to the Grammy Hall of Fame as part of the Velvet Underground and the album The Velvet Underground and Nico.
Bob Dylan is inducted for the eighth time with his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks. Already in the Grammy hall are his albums Blonde on Blonde, Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, and his singles Blowin’ in the Wind, Mr. Tambourine Man, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Like a Rolling Stone.
Hank Williams is in for the sixth time with his 1947 single Honky Tonkin’. He was previously inducted for the tracks Hey Good Lookin’, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Lovesick Blues and Your Cheatin’ Heart.
Willie Nelson is honored for the fifth time for the standards album Stardust. Previous honors were for the singles Always on My Mind and On the Road Again and the albums Red Headed Stranger and Wanted! The Outlaws with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser.
Paul Robeson receives a fourth honor for his 1926 version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. His previous inductions were for the tracks Ballad For Americans, Ol’ Man River and as part of the Showboat original cast album from 1932.
Neil Young is also in for the fourth time for his album Harvest. Previous honors were for the album After the Goldrush and the albums Deja Vu and the track Ohio with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Bob Wills receives his third honor for San Antonio Rose. He was already in for the track New San Antonio Rose and Steel Guitar Rag.
Also honored for the third time is Sly & the Family Stone for their album Stand! The were previously put into the Hall for the album There’s a Riot Going On and the track Dance to the Music.
Sonny Rollins was previously honored for his album Saxophone Colossus while Harry Belafonte was in for Belafonte at Carnegie Hall
All of the other artists are being inducted for the first time.
The new inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame:
Big Girls Don’t Cry – Four Seasons (1962)
Dancing Queen – ABBA (1976)
Honky Tonkin’ – Hank Williams & His Drifting Cowboys (1947)
I Fought the Law – Bobby Fuller Four (1965)
Jitterbug Waltz – Fats Waller, His Rhythm and His Orchestra (1942)
Le Freak – Chic (1978)
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass (1965)
San Antonio Rose – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1939)
School’s Out – Alice Cooper (1972)
Sixty Minute Man – Dominoes (1951)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Fisk Jubilee Singers (1909)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Paul Robeson (1926)
Tell it Like It Is – Aaron Neville (1966)
Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding (1966)
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed (1972)
Autobahn – Kraftwerk (1974)
Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan (1975)
The Bridge – Sonny Rollins (1962)
Calypso – Harry Belafonte (1956)
Harvest – Neil Young (1972)
John Prine – John Prine (1971)
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols (1977)
Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt (1989)
The Shape of Jazz to Come – Ornate Coleman (1959)
Songs of Leonard Cohen – Leonard Cohen (1967)
Stand! – Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
Stardust – Willie Nelson (1978)
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