By Kurt Wolff
The 2015 list consists of 14 songs and 13 albums, including Williams’ 1947 single “Honky Tonkin’,” Otis Redding‘s classic “Try a Little Tenderness,” western swing maestro Bob Wills‘ “San Antonio Rose,” Chic‘s “Le Freak” and Aaron Neville‘s “Tell It Like It Is” as well as albums by Nelson (Stardust), Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), Neil Young (Harvest), Leonard Cohen (Songs of Leonard Cohen) and the Sex Pistols (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols).
Among the 2015 inductees, the oldest is a 1909 recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, while the most recent is Bonnie Raitt‘s 1989 album Nick of Time.
These new inductees bring the Hall of Fame’s total up to 987 albums and songs, all covering the development of popular music during the past century.
“With recordings dating as early as 1909 through the late ’80s, this year’s GRAMMY Hall Of Fame entries not only represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings but also reflect the changing climate of music through the decades,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a press statement. “These memorable, inspiring and iconic recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog—knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social and cultural history.”
According to the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Hall of Fame recognizes singles and album recordings of all genres that are 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.
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The complete list of 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees
ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (1976)
Fontella Bass, “Rescue Me” (1965)
Chic, “Le Freak” (1978)
Alice Cooper, “School’s Out” (1972)
The Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man” (1951)
Fisk Jubilee Singers, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1909)
The 4 Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962)
Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought the Law” (1965)
Aaron Neville, “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
Lou Reed, “Walk on the Wild Side” (1972)
Paul Robeson, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1926)
“Fats” Waller, His Rhythm And His Orchestra, “Jitterbug Waltz” (1942)
Hank Williams And His Drifting Cowboys, “Honky Tonkin'” (1947)
Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys, “San Antonio Rose” (1939)
Harry Belafonte, Calypso (1956)
Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)
Kraftwerk, Autobahn (1974)
Willie Nelson, Stardust (1978)
John Prine, John Prine (1971)
Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time (1989)
Sonny Rollins, The Bridge (1962)
Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
Sly And The Family Stone, Stand! (1969)
Neil Young, Harvest (1972)