March 21, 2001
Nursing a broken foot, Michael Jackson, above, was the only inductee who declined to perform at Monday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City. Being honored as a solo act, Jackson came onstage with the aid of a cane to say a few words of thanks. Among the other honorees were R&B great Solomon Burke, top right, and the late rock 'n' roll icon Ritchie Valens, who was inducted by Ricky Martin, far right, and represented by members of his family.
March 11, 2008 |
Philly soul producer Kenny Gamble, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with partner Leon Huff, invited the audience to answer back his wish for "peace." "Thank you so much, because that's exactly what our music represented," Gamble told people gathered at New York's Waldorf-Astoria for the annual ceremony. Madonna, pop music's quick-change artist, was among the other inductees with heartland hit-maker John Mellencamp, songwriter Leonard Cohen, British rockers the Dave Clark Five and surf instrumentalists the Ventures.
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March 20, 2001
Ritchie Valens, the Pacoima native who recorded such pop hits as "La Bamba" in an abbreviated career, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday. Valens became the last of three rockers killed in a 1959 plane crash to join the Hall of Fame. Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") were the others. Voters had snubbed Valens in previous years, despite letter-writing campaigns by Valley fans.
September 2, 1995 |
Rock royalty snipped the ribbon Friday on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to thunderous cheers from thousands of people. A recording of Jimi Hendrix's feedback-laced rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" opened the ceremony. A flight of Marine Corps Harrier jets, appearing in the Cleveland National Air Show this weekend, screeched overhead. "We did it! We did it! Tell the world, we did it!" exulted Mayor Michael R. White.
May 7, 1997 |
On a night when pop-music recluses Michael Jackson and the artist formerly known as Prince did step out in public, the 12th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner was caught off guard by a surprise no-show. Neil Young was scheduled to be inducted into the hall Tuesday night as a member of the Buffalo Springfield, the influential Los Angeles rock group of the late '60s. Instead, Young, who was inducted in the hall in 1995 as a solo artist, boycotted the event.
November 29, 2005 |
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters have chosen an eclectic new class broad enough to encompass jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and the punk-pioneering Sex Pistols, but they once again snubbed rap. Other members of the induction class announced Monday were Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blondie. For a second consecutive year, hip-hop's prime candidate, Grandmaster Flash, failed to gather the necessary support from the 700 rock historians overseeing nominee selection.
February 25, 2005 |
Bruce Springsteen will induct U2 when the Irish band gets ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14 in New York City. The band's choice furthers the mutual admiration society shared with Springsteen -- the New Jersey rocker tapped U2 frontman Bono to induct him in 1999. B.B. King and Eric Clapton will speak on behalf of Buddy Guy, Neil Young for the Pretenders, Rod Stewart for Percy Sledge and Justin Timberlake for the O'Jays.
September 14, 2004 |
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, whose social-message music in the early 1980s earned rap early critical respect, is now the first rap act to make it onto the final ballot of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 17, 1992
Leo Fender was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who praised the late Orange County-born-and-based guitar designer and manufacturer as the man who gave rock guitarists their "armor." Accepting the award, Fender's widow, Phyllis, said: "He would have been so proud if he could have been here, but he would have been the most surprised of all because he never thought he was doing anything unusual. "He just loved musicians.