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Buck, Elton, Whitney, JB, Dylan among Grammy Hall inductees

November 21, 2012|By Randall Roberts | Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
  • Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton at the Pacific Jazz Festival in 1966
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton at the Pacific Jazz Festival… (Charles O'Rear / Los Angeles…)

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.

"ACT NATURALLY"

Buck Owens

Capitol (1963)

"AIN'T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS"

Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five

Decca (1946)

"ALLONS À LAFAYETTE (LAFAYETTE)"

Joe Falcon

Columbia (1928)

BACK IN BLACK

AC/DC

Albert/Atlantic (1980)

BAND ON THE RUN

Paul McCartney & Wings

Apple (1973)

"BONAPARTE'S RETREAT"

W.H. Stepp

Library of Congress (1937)

CROSSCURRENTS

Lennie Tristano Sextet

Capitol (1949)

"EL DÍA QUE ME QUIERAS"

Carols Gardel

Paramount (1935)

 

ELTON JOHN

Elton John

Uni Records (1970)

FOGGY MOUNTAIN BANJO

Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs And The

Foggy Mountain Boys

Columbia (1961)

HERE'S LITTLE RICHARD

Little Richard

Specialty (1957)

"HIT THE ROAD JACK"

Ray Charles

ABC-Paramount (1961)

"HOUND DOG"

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton

Peacock (1953)

"I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)"

James Brown

King (1965)

JOHN COLTRANE AND JOHNNY HARTMAN

John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman

Impulse! (1963)

 

LOST IN THE STARS

Original Broadway Cast

Decca (1949)

MINGUS AH UM

Charles Mingus

Columbia (1959)

"MY BLACK MAMA [PARTS 1 & 2]"

Son House

Paramount (1930)

"NEAR YOU"

Francis Craig And His Orchestra

Bullet (1947)

"ON BROADWAY"

The Drifters

Atlantic (1963)

"PIANO MAN"

Billy Joel

Columbia (1973)

"STEALIN' STEALIN'"

Memphis Jug Band

Victor (1928)

THAT ------'S CRAZY

Richard Pryor

Partee/Stax (1974)

"THEME FROM 'NEW YORK, NEW YORK'"

Frank Sinatra

Reprise (1980)

"THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'"

Bob Dylan

Columbia (1964)

"THE TITANIC"

Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman

Okeh (1924)

WHITNEY HOUSTON

Whitney Houston

Arista (1985)

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