Each year, the Grammy Hall of Fame recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit “qualitative or historical significance.” This year’s list features 27 inductees spanning from the 1930s to the 1980s, including Harrison’s first post-Beatles solo effort, All Things Must Pass; Young’s After the Gold Rush; CCR’s Cosmo’s Factory; Chicago’s debut album, Chicago Transit Authority; and U2′s landmark 1987 record The Joshua Tree. The soundtrack to the 1970 Woodstock documentary also was chosen for induction.
Among the individual songs being honored are The Rolling Stones‘ “Honky Tonk Women,” Creedence’s “Fortunate Son,” War‘s “Low Rider” and Run-D.M.C.‘s cover of Aerosmith‘s “Walk This Way,” which features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in conjunction with the milestone a special book is being published featuring many famous artists discussing their recordings that have been honored with induction. Among the stars who contributed to the book, which can be purchased at GrammyStore.com, are The Who‘s Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, The Mamas and the Papas‘ Michelle Phillips and James Taylor.
The newly revealed inductees will be acknowledged during the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air January 26, 2014, on CBS. Overall, since the Recording Academy established the Hall of Fame, there have been 960 recordings inducted, counting the latest ones.
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