Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors all the great rock singers, musicians,
groups, early influences, and influential non-performers, including the
1986: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray
Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy
Yancey, John Hammond, Alan Freed, and Sam Phillips.
1987: The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo
Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B. B. King, Clyde McPhatter,
Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy
Waters, Jackie Wilson, Louis Jordan,, T-Bone Walker, Hank Williams, Leonard
Chess, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Jerry Wexler.
1988: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The
Drifters, Bob Dylan, The Supremes, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Les Paul, and
Berry Gordy, Jr.
1989: Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling
Stones, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Inkspots, Bessie Smith, The Soul
Stirrers, and Phil Spector.
1990: Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four
Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who,
Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian, Ma Rainey, Gerry Goffin, Carole King, and
Holland, Dozier and Holland.
1991: LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee
Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Howlin'
Wolf, Nesuhi Ertegun, Dave Bartholomew, and Ralph Bass.
1992: Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T. and
the M.G.'s, Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam
and Dave, The Yardbirds, Elmore James, Professor Longhair, Leo Fender, Bill
Graham, and Doc Pomus.
1993: Ruth Brown, Cream, Creedence
Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van
Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone, Dinah Washington, Dick Clark, and Milt
1994: The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy,
The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Rod Stewart, Willie
Dixon, and Johnny Otis.
1995: The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green,
Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young, Frank Zappa,
The Orioles, and Paul Ackerman.
1996: David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the
Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, The
Velvet Underground, Pete Seeger, and Tom Donahue.
1997: The (Young) Rascals, The Bee Gees,
Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Jackson Five, Joni Mitchell,
Parliament-Funkadelic, Mahalia Jackson, Bill Monroe, and Syd Nathan.
1998: The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The
Mamas and the Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana, Gene Vincent, Jelly Roll Morton, and
1999: Billy Joel, Curtis Mayfield, Paul
McCartney, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, The Staple
Singers, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Charles Brown, and George Martin.
2000: Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire,
Lovin' Spoonful, The Moonglows, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Nat “King” Cole,
Billie Holiday, Hal Blaine, King Curtis, James Jamerson, Scotty Moore, Earl
Palmer, and Clive Davis.
2001: Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The
Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens, James
Burton, Johnnie Johnson, and Chris Blackwell.
2002: Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers, Gene Pitney, Ramones, Talking Heads, Chet Atkins, and Jim
2003: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis
Costello & the Attractions, The Police, Righteous Brothers, Benny Benjamin,
Floyd Cramer, Steve Douglas, and Mo Ostin.
2004: Jackson Browne, The Dells, George
Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, Traffic, ZZ Top, and Jann S. Wenner.
2005: Buddy Guy, The O'Jays, The
Pretenders, Percy Sledge, U2, Frank Barsalona, and Seymour Stein.
They are definitely missing some fine musicians and influential acts such as The
Association, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad, Eurythmics, The
Monkees, Blondie, Christopher Cross, Tina Turner's solo career, Aaron Neville, Bryan Adams,
Culture Club, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston,
Pat Benatar, Heart, Foreigner, Electric Light Orchestra, M.C. Hammer, Whitesnake, Bread, Neil Diamond,
Sonny & Cher, Blood, Sweat & Tears, REO Speedwagon, Procol Harum, The
Delfonics, The Kingsmen, The Youngbloods, The 5th Dimension, Air Supply, The
Hollies, The Brooklyn Bridge, Lionel Richie, The Commodores, Daryl Hall & John
Oates, Carly Simon), Carole King as a singer, Linda Ronstadt, Rita Coolidge,
Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, The Pointer
Sisters, Chubby Checker, Richie Havens,
Donovan, Janis & Ian, Joe Cocker, and many others.
I really can't believe some of the people they inducted before people like
Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, Chicago, or Lionel Richie. And, certainly, with the
predominance of men over women, there are politics involved that some who decide
the inductees would rather no one notice.
In addition, the hall features the world's largest exhibit of rock and
Address: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1 Key Plaza, Cleveland, Ohio 44144; 888-764-ROCK. Web: http://www.rockhall.com.