OLDIES NEWS DECEMBER 21 2016
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees — Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence. The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 7th at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center, with a truncated version of the evening’s events airing on HBO later this spring.
The Rock Hall has also made it clear from the word go, who in each band’s lineup will be inducted into the Hall:
- JOURNEY: Jonathan Cain, Aynsley Dunbar, Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, and Ross Valory.
- YES: Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, and Alan White.
- ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: Bev Bevan, Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, and Roy Wood.
- PEARL JAM: Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Dave Krusen, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder.
Joan Baez said in a statement: “I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist but as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the Sixties, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame.”
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry posted on fanasylum.com/steveperry: “I am truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain tweeted: “Thanks to our fans and the members of Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame for giving us the nod! We will rock it at Barclay’s in Brooklyn next April!”
Journey co-founder, keyboardist Gregg Rolie tweeted: “Very proud to be part of the RRHOF inductions 2017. “
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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY
1960: On the same day his movie Flaming Star opens, Elvis Presley is inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council. (The movie dealt with US-Indian relations.)
1964: Ode To A High-Flying Bird, a book written and illustrated by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, is published. The book is an ode to jazz legend Charlie Parker, whose nickname was “Bird.”
1967: The Beatles throw a party at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel in order to celebrate the BBC airing of Magical Mystery Tour.
1968: Crosby, Stills, and Nash perform together on stage for the first time.
1968: Janis Joplin makes her solo stage debut in Memphis, TN, at a Stax/Volt Christmas party that also features label artists such as Eddie Floyd and Booker T. and the MGs.
1969: On CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show, Diana Ross appears with the Supremes for the last time.
1970: Elvis Presley makes a visit to the White House in order to volunteer his services to President Nixon in fighting the war on drugs. Presley, who loved official badges, had been trying to get a BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge for himself, and when calling the Bureau failed, Nixon himself stepped in and ordered his deputy counsel to arrange a meeting. Presley presented the President with a chrome-plated Colt .45 gun, and the next day, Presley received his badge.
1971: Martha and the Vandellas officially disband.
1979: Linda Ronstadt hosts a benefit show for her paramour, Governor of California and Presidential candidate Jerry Brown, at the San Diego Sports Arena. The singer performs, as do Chicago and the Eagles.
1989: Carlos Santana and wife Debbie become the proud parents of daughter Angelica Faith.
1996: En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.
1967: The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request
1974: The Doobie Brothers, “Black Water”
1955: LaVern Baker, “Jim Dandy”
1966: The Beatles: “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Strawberry Fields Forever”
1966: The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” single as well as their Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down, Vol. 2. albums are all certified gold
1970: Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die, Judy Collins’ In My Life, and the original British cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar are all certified gold
1963: The Ronettes’ “Baby I Love You” enters the pop charts
1965: The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” enters the pop charts
1968: The Traffic album enters the charts
1974: Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” hits #1
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