The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

By | Jan 23, 2008

It was in 1983 when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation came together. It was their goal to recognize those that have had a major and significant impact on the music called rock and roll.

The first Rock and Roll induction occurred on January 23, 1986. The first group inducted were Performers: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers. Early Influence: Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Yancey and Robert Johnson. Non-Performer: Alan Freed and Sam Phillips. John Hammond was inducted for Lifetime Achievement.

The qualifications for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame simple. Any group or individual who has a demonstrable influence on Rock and Roll and have had released their first record 25 years ago. There are four categories: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and since 2000, Sidemen.

After many years of selecting, planning and construction the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opened in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995. Many cities were considered including Memphis where Sun Studios and Stax Records began, Cincinnati the home of King Records and New York. Cleveland lobbied hard for the Hall using as justification that it was the home of Alan Freed, the man who is credited with coining the term Rock and Roll.

On March 10, 2008 the newest class will be inducted into the Hall. The induction ceremony will take place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York with Performers: John Mellencamp, Leonard, Madonna, The Dave Clark Five and The Ventures, along with Sideman: Little Walter and Non-Performer: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff being inducted.

Many people have had complaints with the selection of acts in the Hall of Fame. Questions have arisen on whether Folk acts or Hip-Hop acts should be included. At time it seems as if acts that should be inducted when first eligible aren’t inducted for a number of years. Some of the artists that are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but should be are: Heart, Chicago, Moody Blues, Grand Funk and the list goes on and on.

Contact Information::
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
E 9th St and Lake Erie
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 781-ROCK


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6 Comments so far
  1. Nicole April 24, 2009 5:21 pm

    I’m writing a research paper for my English class and it would be really helpful to know all about the qualifications for induction into the rock and roll hall of fame. I would also like to know more about how the rock and roll hall of fame was formed.
    Thank you (:

  2. Steven G. Atkinson April 25, 2009 6:40 pm

    Check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Web site listed in the post. It has a lot of that information.

    Steve Atkinson

  3. Bill Fitzgerald June 27, 2009 4:49 pm

    Neil Diamond should be included – we can’t believe he isn’t.
    We have decided not to become members until he is included.

    Citizens of Medina, OH

  4. Brian December 21, 2009 7:42 pm

    It is very hard to believe that the bands that you listed have not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Just look at how successful and popular those 4 bands were in their time – that should be enough!!!

    They all played great rock n roll, especially GFR in their early years.

  5. Ralph Stohlquist March 15, 2010 5:45 pm

    March 15, 2010
    I wonder why after over forty continuos years of performing great music the Rock Group CHICAGO has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame? They should be there!!

  6. Marjorie Energy Frey February 26, 2011 1:04 am

    February 25, 2011
    My membership will be on hold until you explain ,by email, the reasons you have not inducted Daryl Hall and John Oates into the Hall of Fame. I want the opportunity, to do what I have to do, to make this induction happen. Energy – Tucson Az –

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