Songs will now be inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame



There was much going on in the music world this weekend between Coachella and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, so it’s possible this news item may have slipped past you. It was announced at Saturday’s Rock Hall ceremony that individual songs will now be inducted into the Hall of fame, with five of them in particular being inducted Saturday night.

The list is as follows:

-“Rocket 88” – Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951)
-“Rumble” – Link Wray and his Ray Men (1958)
-“Louie Louie” – The Kingsmen (1963)
-“A Whiter Shade of Pale” – Procol Harum (1967)
-“Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf (1968)

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Per Billboard, the news was announced by Steven Van Zandt, who said it will serve as “a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall — which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

This is one way to pay special honor to important songs from artists who may not get a chance to be in the Rock Hall someday, although it’ll be interesting to see what happens when one of these artists gets inducted. For now though, it serves as a way to get a more complete representation of rock music enshrined into the Hall.

Photo: The Kingsmen; credit: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5206

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