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Recordings By Neil Young, CCR, U2, And George Harrison Enter Grammy Hall Of Fame
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Recordings By Neil Young, CCR, U2, And George Harrison Enter Grammy Hall Of Fame
Classic recordings by the Rolling Stones, U2, Chicago, George Harrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, and others have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame by the Recording Academy. Vintage Vinyl News posted a statement from Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of the academy, said: "Spanning the 1930's to the 1980's, this year's Grammy Hall Of Fame entries represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings. Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog -- knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
 
The Rolling Stones' 1969 chart-topper, "Honky Tonk Women" made the list, along with War's 1975 single, "Low Rider. Creedence Clearwater Revival saw both its 1969 track "Fortunate Son" as well as its 1970 album Cosmo's Factory album enter the Hall, with George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Chicago's Chicago Transit Authority, Neil Young's After The Gold Rush, and U2's The Joshua Tree entering the prestigious hall.
 
Although most fans didn't know it at the time, Peter Frampton played acoustic guitar on most of George Harrison's sprawling post-Beatles 1970 debut set, All Things Must Pass. Frampton admitted to us that although his name was left off the original pressings of the album, it never took away from his pride in playing on the sessions: "There were a lot of people on the record, and I'm sure someone went 'D'oh!' (laughs) I'm sure it was an oversight, but it doesn't matter -- because I was there (laughs). I really didn't care about, to be honest, whether it was credited or not, because I knew that I was there and I played on a lot of it."
 
Trombonist and co-founder James Pankow told us that upon forming in 1967, nobody in Chicago was even remotely thinking that this band would be spanning decades: "The intention of this thing was to put a band together that we really got off on, 'cause that was the initial feeling in the room, when we first heard the first note. And we said, 'Hey, maybe we got something great here, y'know, a worthwhile endeavor. And maybe we'll be able to make a record. Maybe two -- maybe we'll be around for a couple of years (laughs)" )
 
THE 27 NEW RECORDINGS ADDED TO THE GRAMMY HALL OF FAME
SINGLES
"Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
"Georgia (On My Mind)" - Hoagy Charmichael and His Orchestra (1930)
"Get Up - I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine" - James Brown (1970)
"Honky Tonk Women" - The Rolling Stones (1969)
"Jolene" - Dolly Parton (1973)
"Low Rider" - War (1975) 
"Nobody Know The Trouble I've Seen" - Louis Armstrong & The All Stars (1938)
"Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" - B.J. Thomas (1969)
"Rapper's Delight" - Sugarhill Gang (1979)
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scott-Heron (1970)
"Strange Things Happening Every Day" - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1945)
"Sweet Home Chicago" - Robert Johnson (1937)
"3 O'Clock Blues" - B.B. King (1952)
"Under The Boardwalk" - The Drifters (1964)
"Walk This Way" - Run DMC (1986)
"Wonderful World" - Sam Cooke (1960)
"Yardbird Suite" - Charlie Parker (1946)
ALBUMS
After The Gold Rush - Neil Young (1970)
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (1970)
The Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago (1969)
Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
Doc Watson - Doc Watson (1964)
The Joshua Tree - U2 (1987)
Kristofferson - Kris Kristofferson (1970)
Mary Poppins (Original Cast Album) - Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Various Artists (1964)
Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet - Miles Davis (1958)
Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More - Various Artists (1970)

Photo Courtesy of Terry O'Neill
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