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Music by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and others enter Grammy Hall Of Fame
Classic recordings by The Rolling Stones, the Four Tops, Linda Ronstadt, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, David Bowie, Queen, Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, and others have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame by the Recording Academy. Criteria to enter the Grammy Hall includes works that are at least 25 years old and have "cultural and historical significance." The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles includes 1,063 recordings and is on display at Grammy Museum L.A. Live. The inductees will be honored on January 28th at The 60th Annual Grammy Awards live broadcast on CBS at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy said in a statement: "The Grammy Hall Of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known. Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."
Guitar aficionados have always asked Keith Richards about the various tunings and tricks he's used on his Rolling Stones classics. He told us, it's really the last thing anyone should be worrying about: “Guitars and tunings, hey, that’s for us to know and other people to wonder about. What does it matter whether you’ve got five or six strings? It’s. . . are you getting out of that thing what you’re hearing in your head? And is it coming out the right way? The rest of it’s. . . a dark secret (laughter).”
Linda Ronstadt told us that while writing her recent memoir, Simple Dreams, she was able to talk frankly about her contributions to the pop and rock world: "I got to give myself a little bit of a break. I always thought I didn't sing very well and I was always very frustrated by it and I was always sort of disappointed by it, y'know? And everything I did always fell short of my expectations and then I see when looking back, that it takes 10 years to learn to do anything pretty well. It really takes 10 years, y'know? If you talk to a sushi chef, they'll tell you it's 10 years of working before they allow you to become a sushi chef. So, in singing, it's probably even harder than that. The good news; I wasn't very good when I started, but the good news is I got better. Y'know, I didn't become the greatest singer in all of pop music, but I became, at least for my time, the most (laughs) diverse, y'know?"
We asked Steven Tyler if there was a tried a trusted way to know when you've written a hit song: "Uh, when you're. . . at night when you're going to bathroom and you can't get it out of your mind. All night when go up to get into the bathroom, you're singin' the chorus. You go: 'Okay, we've got a winner here!' Remember, they all start with thumbnail sketches, a little nothing -- (sings) 'Janey Got A Gun.' Why the hell does Janey have a gun? Why would she a have a gun? Who's Janey?! And on and on and on. So, it's a crazy, beautiful. . . I love the process."
The 25 New Recordings Added To The Grammy Hall Of Fame:
"Mary Had A Little Lamb" - Thomas Alva Edison (1878)
"Savoy Brown" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (1927)
"My Man" - Billie Holiday (1937)
"For Sentimental Reasons" - King Cole Trio (1946)
"That's All Right" - Arthur "Big Boy" Cudup (1949)
"Bring It On Home To Me" - Sam Cooke (1962)
"Moon River" - Andy Williams (1962)
"I Can't Help Myself" - The Four Tops (1965)
"Paint It, Black" - The Rolling Stones (1966)
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Gladys Knight & The Pips (1967)
"Grazing In The Grass" - Hugh Masekela (1968)
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie (1969)
"A Song For You" - Leon Russell (1970)
"Me And Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul (1972)
"Dream On" - Aerosmith (1973)
"Flash Light" - Parliament (1978)
"Fight The Power" - Public Enemy (1989)
"I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston (1992)
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash (1968)
Band Of Gypsys - Jimi Hendrix (1970)
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (1973)
Heart Like A Wheel - Linda Ronstadt (1974)
A Night At The Opera - Queen (1975)
Nevermind - Nirvana (1991)
The Chronic - Dr. Dre (1992)
Queen, Tina Turner, and Neil Diamond are among the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award honorees. In addition, the Recording Academy has announced that Lifetime Achievement awards will go to Emmylou Harris, legendary L.A. session drummer Hall Blaine, Louis Jordan, and the Meters. Concert promoter Bill Graham, record exec Seymour Stein, and composer John Williams will receive the Trustees Award. Studio innovators Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical Grammy Award recipients.
Grammy.com posted: "A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the Special Merit Awards honorees will be held in summer 2018. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced.”