Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy® announces the newest additions to its legendary Grammy Hall Of Fame® collection. Highlighting diversity and musical excellence, the collection acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that show qualitative or historical significance. Through a tradition established nearly 40 years ago, recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee consisting 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 25 new titles, the list currently totals 906 and is displayed at the Grammy Museum®.
The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a variety of great music and sound through the decades. We are especially honored to welcome this year’s choice of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings – Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees range from Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. album to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech from his historic 1963 address at the March on Washington. Also on the highly regarded list are Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” the Rolling Stones’ album Exile On Main St., Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s single “The Message,” Bill Cosby’s comedy album I Started Out As A Child, the Original Broadway Cast recording of “St. Louis Woman,” and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Others inductees include the entire Anthology Of American Folk Music, Gene Autry, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Doris Day, the Serge Koussevitzky-conducted Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Panchos, Santana, and Paul Simon, among others.
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For a complete list of Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees, please go to: www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/hall-of-fame.