Songs by Neil Young, U2, Run-D.M.C., the Sugarhill Gang, Gil Scott-Heron, and the Rolling Stones are among this year's inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Recording Academy has announced.
Once again, 27 iconic recordings are headed for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The class of 2014 includes Neil Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush; U2's barnstorming 1987 LP The Joshua Tree (the most recently released honoree); Run-D.M.C.'s watershed "Walk This Way" team-up with Aerosmith; the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 game-changer "Rapper's Delight"; the Rolling Stones' 1969 hit "Honky Tonk Women"; George Harrison's 1970 triple-album All Things Must Pass; and Gil Scott-Heron's 1970 single "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."
Some other highlights: Creedence Clearwater Revival landed two recordings in the batch, the 1969 single "Fortunate Son" and 1970 album Cosmo's Factory; James Brown's 1970 track "Get Up — I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine" earned an acknowledgement, as did Sam Cooke's 1960 tune "Wonderful World" and Dolly Parton's endlessly admired 1973 single, "Jolene."
The Recording Academy head Neil Portnow said in a statement, "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
With this latest round of additions, the Grammy Hall of Fame features 960 recordings, all of which have must go through a special committee of industry figures and receive final approval from the Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Last year's inductions included Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'," Whitney Houston's self-titled 1985 debut album, and AC/DC's 1980 full-length Back In Black.
The nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be announced on December 6 at 10 p.m. EST as part of the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night telecast airing on CBS. The 56th annual Grammys will be broadcast live on CBS on January 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST from L.A.'s Staples Center.
See the full list of 2014 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees below.
- After the Gold Rush, Neil Young (Reprise, 1970)
- All Things Must Pass, George Harrison (Apple, 1970)
- The Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago (Columbia, 1969)
- Cosmo's Factory, Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy, 1970)
- Doc Watson, Doc Watson (Vanguard, 1964)
- "Fortunate Son," Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy, 1969)
- "Georgia (On My Mind)," Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra (Victor, 1930)
- "Get Up — I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine," James Brown (King, 1970)
- "Honky Tonk Women," The Rolling Stones (London, 1969)
- "Jolene," Dolly Parton (RCA, 1973)
- The Joshua Tree, U2 (Island, 1987)
- Kristofferson, Kris Kristofferson (Monument, 1970)
- "Low Rider," War (United Artists, 1975)
- Mary Poppins — Original Cast Sound Track, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Various Artists (Buena Vista, 1964)
- "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," Louis Armstrong and the All Stars (Decca, 1938)
- "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," B.J. Thomas (Scepter, 1969)
- "Rapper's Delight," Sugarhill Gang (Sugar Hill, 1979)
- Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quartet, Miles Davis (Prestige, 1958)
- "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," Gil Scott-Heron (Flying Dutchman, 1970)
- "Strange Things Happening Every Day," Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Decca, 1945)
- "Sweet Home Chicago," Robert Johnson (Vocalion, 1937)
- "3 O'Clock Blues," B.B. King (RPM, 1952)
- "Under the Boardwalk," The Drifters (Atlantic, 1964)
- "Walk This Way," Run-D.M.C. (Profile, 1986)
- "Wonderful World," Sam Cooke (Keen, 1960)
- Woodstock — Music From the Original Sound Track and More, Various Artists (Cotillion, 1970)
- "Yardbird Suite," Charlie Parker Septet (Dial, 1946)