Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Class of 2009

On April 4th, the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame will induct its class of 2009 musicians. It seems that this years inductees touch upon every major catagory in music. You have a classic rock guitarist that also dabbled in jazz (Jeff Beck). You have one of the most famous pioneer rap groups (Run DMC). You have one of the premier doo-wop groups from the 1950s (Little Anthony & The Imperials). You also have one of the top R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist from the 60's, 70's and 80's (Bobby Womack). Last, but not least, you have one of the biggest heavy metal groups of all-time (Metallica).

This induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame has been a long time coming for both Little Anthony & the Imperials and Bobby Womack. Little Anthony & the Imperials hit it big with their first single "Tears on My Pillow" back in 1958. They also had a couple of soul music hit singles in the early 60's. Bobby Womack started out as the backing guitarist for Sam Cooke. His first No.1 hit was a song called "It's All Over Now" performed by an "up-n-coming" band called The Rolling Stones. Some of his own hit songs were "Lookin' For A Love" and "Across 110th Street".

This will be Jeff Beck's second time to be inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted as a member of The Yardbirds back in 1992. Jeff Beck has been considered by many to be one of the greatest guitarists of all-time. His most successful solo album release was "Blow by Blow" which was released in 1975. Jeff Beck has recently appeared on numerous releases as well as performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Run D.M.C. is arguable one of the all-time best rap groups to ever "rock a mic". Their 1984 debut album gave a harder sound to hip-hop music with the sampling of rock drums & guitars. Run D.M.C.'s biggest album came in 1986 with the triple-platinum "Raising Hell" which featured a remake of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". The group's last album was 2001's "Crown Royal" which was released 18 months prior to the murder of founding member Jam-Master Jay. Rev. Run and DMC have each release solo albums and each have appeared on their own reality shows.

Metallica are considered one of the most successful "heavy metal" groups of all-time. They have sold over 51 million albums in the US alone. Their most current release, "Death Magnetic", debuted at #1 and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Metallica's debut album, "Kill 'em All" was released in 1983 and featured original bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a tour bus accident in 1986. Metallica's big break came in 1988 with the release of "...And Justice For All" which peaked at #6 on the billboard charts. Three years later, Metallica would release the "Black" album which would go on to sell over 15 million copies in the US. Metallica will become only the second "heavy metal" group to be inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame (Black Sabbath was inducted in 2006).

The week leading up to the induction ceremony includes Hall of Fame Specials and concerts. Starting Sunday, March 29, there will be a Free Community Gospel Concert featuring Pastor Caesar, winner of 11 Grammy awards, 13 Stellar awards and 18 Dove awards. Another concert will be held on Thursday, April 2 and it features performances by past Hall of Fame inductees. On Wednesday, April 1, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with open the world's first exhibit devoted to the life and music of Bruce Springsteen. Also, Saturday, April 4 is a Free Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The public will be admitted to the Hall of fame Museum for Free. This all leads up to the induction ceremony on April 4 at Cleveland's Public Hall. If you are unable to attend, you can still view it live on the FUSE channel as well as online.

1 comment:

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I think the most frequent criticism of the Hall of Fame is that the nomination process is controlled by a few individuals who are not themselves musicians, such as founder Jann Wenner