Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight 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.
Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 27 new titles, the list currently totals 987 and is on display at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE.
“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,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “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.”
Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2015 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from Autobahn by Kraftwerk to Lou Reed’s controversial hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” Also added to the highly regarded list are The 4 Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Neil Young’s 1972 album Harvest, Chic’s disco classic “Le Freak,” the Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols, and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Other inductees include recordings by Harry Belafonte, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, and Hank Williams, among others.
Additionally, The Recording Academy continues its partnership with FX Group with the publishing of a 110-plus-page collector’s edition book. GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 2015 Collector’s Edition features in-depth insight into the 27 titles inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame class of 2015.
The full-color book also highlights the work of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp program and preservation and archiving initiatives, and offers a colorful look at other music halls of fame across the United States dedicated to preserving and honoring music’s legacy. The book will be available online at the official GRAMMY store, at retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart, as well as on newsstands nationwide and at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles before the holidays.
2015 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees
(Songwriters of singles in parentheses)
“BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY”
The 4 Seasons
(Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio)
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
RCA Victor (1962)
RCA Victor (1956)
(Benny Anderson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus)
Hank Williams And His Drifting Cowboys
“I FOUGHT THE LAW”
Bobby Fuller Four
“Fats” Waller, His Rhythm And His Orchestra
(Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards)
NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE’S THE SEX PISTOLS
Warner Bros. (1977)
NICK OF TIME
(Raynard Miner, Carl Smith)
“SAN ANTONIO ROSE”
Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys
(Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neil Smith)
Warner Bros. (1972)
THE SHAPE OFJAZZ TO COME
“SIXTY MINUTE MAN”
(Billy Ward, Rose Marks)
SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN
Sly And The Family Stone
“SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT”
Fisk Jubilee Singers
“SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT”
“TELL IT LIKE IT IS”
(George Davis, Lee Diamond)
Par Lo (1966)
“TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS”
(Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry M. Woods)
“WALK ON THE WILD SIDE”
RCA Victor (1972)
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