27 selections of music get in Grammy Hall of FameLOS ANGELES - Music by Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John and the late singers Whitney Houston and James Brown will be inducted into the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame, The Recording Academy said on Wednesday. McCartney & Wings’ 1973 album “Band on the Run,” long credited with reigniting McCartney’s career following the Beatles’ split in 1970, was one of 27 inductees into the hall at the Grammy Museum.
Houston’s self-titled 1985 debut album was also named an inductee, following the singer’s sudden death aged 48 in February this year. Australian hard-rock band AC/DC’s top-selling 1980 “Back in Black” album is also a new entry.
The Recording Academy, which also runs the Grammys, picks songs and albums from all genres at least 25 years old with either “qualitative or historical significance” to be considered annually for the Grammy Hall.
“Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add the 2013 inductees to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history,” said Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow.
As well as albums, the Grammy Hall of Fame also includes songs of historic and cultural significance, and the inductees for 2013 include a range of classic American songs.
Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing” from 1964, R&B singer Ray Charles’ 1961 tune “Hit the Road Jack,” Frank Sinatra’s 1980 “Theme from ‘New York, New York,’?” and godfather of soul James Brown’s 1965 classic “I Got You (I Feel Good)” were all honored.
Other 2013 inductees include Elton John’s 1970 self-titled second album and American debut, Billy Joel’s 1973 hit “The Piano Man,” and Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s 1953 R&B classic “Hound Dog,” which was later covered by Elvis Presley.