The Recording Academy has announced its annual list of works to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and they include recordings by Big Mama Thornton, Buck Owens, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Whitney Houston and 22 others. As explained in the Academy's announcement, the honor is bestowed as a way of "highlighting diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance."
The 27 new titles bring the total number of recordings in the Hall's collection to 933, and they include Bakersfield country ("Act Naturally," Buck Owens), stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor's "That ------'s Crazy"), Folk (Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a Changin'") and Australian hard rock (AC/DC's "Back in Black" album) along with the self-titled debut albums by Elton John and Whitney Houston.
Also included are historical gems such as the rural stomp of the Memphis Jug Band's "Stealin' Stealin'," the original version of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller's "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton, and recordings by Louis Jordan, Carlos Gardel, "Pop Stoneman" (a 1924 country song called "The Titanic") and Frank Sinatra ("Theme from 'New York, New York'").
See the entire list of inductees below.