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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 following:

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 Gabler.

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 Allen Toussaint.

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 Stewart.

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 roll memorabilia.

Address: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1 Key Plaza, Cleveland, Ohio 44144; 888-764-ROCK. Web:


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