SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2012) — Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy® announces the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® collection. This latest round of inducted recordings helps celebrate 40 years of highlighting 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 933 and is on display at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.
"With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2013 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from AC/DC's Back In Black album to Frank Sinatra's recording of "Theme from 'New York, New York.'" Also added to the highly regarded list are Billy Joel's "Piano Man," Paul McCartney & Wings' album Band On The Run, Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack," the Drifters' "On Broadway," Charles Mingus' album Mingus Ah Um, and self-titled albums from Elton John and Whitney Houston. Other inductees include the Broadway cast recording of "Lost In The Stars," and recordings by James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, and Little Richard, among others.
For more information about the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame or the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (to be broadcast live on Feb. 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network), please visit www.grammy.com. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, and www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
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Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.
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Jerry J. Sharell
The Recording Academy
2013 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees