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Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, & Aerosmith Recordings Enter The Grammy Hall Of Fame

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Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Jackson Browne, Fats Domino, Leonard Cohen, and the Troggs, are among the artists to have recordings inducted this year into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Neil Portnow, the president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement: “The Grammy Hall Of Fame is proud to be a pillar of musical excellence and diversity year after year, honoring some of the most iconic recordings of all time. We are proud to acknowledge the ever-changing landscape and evolution of musical expression for which the Academy has become known. We’re honored to add these masterpieces to our growing catalog and are delighted to celebrate the impact they’ve had on our musical, social, and cultural history.”

Among the rock based recordings that were picked for the Hall this year are Tom Petty’s 1989 solo debut, Full Moon Fever; Aerosmith’s 1975 track “Walk This Way”; Jackson Browne’s 1972 self-titled debut; Link Wray & His Ray Men’s 1958 recording of “Rumble,” Fats Domino’s 1957 classic “I’m Walkin’,” and the Troggs’ 1966 signature tune “Wild Thing.”

Among the many gems featured on Jackson Browne’s 1972 self-title debut is his breakthrough hit “Doctor My Eyes.” Browne told us that the signature piano lick on the song was the result of writing on a busted keyboard: “The piano had a broken key — you’d see the hammer hit the key, and it would bounce back and hit it again. So every time you pressed down once — ‘bonk’ — it would go ‘bonk-onk.’ And if you did it in the right tempo, it’d go ‘da-gong-a-dong-a-dong-a-dong-a-dong.’ (Laughs) It was kind of trippy. Anyway, so, I was playing around with that, and I wrote it — I wrote it based on that one little sound thing.”

Not long before his 2017 death, Tom Petty recalled the genesis of Full Moon Fever, which was co-produced by fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne and to date, has sold over five million copies in the U.S. alone: “I co-wrote most of them with Jeff, I wrote two of them by myself, and a couple of them were Jeff and Mike Campbell got involved to some extent. It was all different, like, sometimes I might’ve had the song done and Jeff would come up with the one brilliant chord that made it even more special, y’know?”

The full list of 2019 Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees

Full Moon Fever
Tom Petty
MCA (1989)
Album
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne
Asylum (1972)
Album
“Walk This Way”
Aerosmith
Columbia (1975)
Single
“Wild Thing”
The Troggs
Fontana/Atco (1966)
Single
“Move On Up”
Curtis Mayfield
Curtom (1972)
Single
“Hallelujah”
Leonard Cohen
Columbia (1984)
Single
“Harper Valley P.T.A.”
Jeannie C. Riley
Plantation (1968)
Single
“I’m Walkin'”
Fats Domino
Imperial (1957)
Single
“La Bamba”
El Jarocho
Victor (1939)
Single
“Rumble”
Link Wray & His Ray Men
Cadence (1958)
Single
“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
The Platters
Mercury (1958)
Single
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
Brenda Lee
Decca (1958)
Single
‘Round About Midnight
Miles Davis
Columbia (1957)
Album
“To Be Young, Gifted And Black”
Nina Simone
RCA Victor (1969)
Single
Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Reprise (1967)
Album
Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook
Ella Fitzgerald
Verve (1959)
Album
Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius
Epic (1976)
Album
“Coat Of Many Colors”
Dolly Parton
RCA Victor (1971)
Single
Bernstein: Mass-A Theatre Peice For Strings, Players And Dancers
Columbia Masterworks (1971)
Album
“Ko Ko”
Charlie Parker’s Ri Bop Boys
Savoy (1945)
Single
“Pata Pata”
Miriam Makeba
Reprise (1967)
Single
“St. Louis Blues”
W.C. Handy
Columbia (1914)
Single
“Taked Me Out To The Ballgame”
Edward Meeker With The Edison Orchestra
Edison (1908)
Single
“Tenderly”
Sarah Vaughan
Mercury (1947)
Single
“Tenor Madness”
Sonny Rollins Quartet Featuring John Coltrane
Prestige (1956)
Track

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