2005 Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Published: 2004-12-14
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2005 yesterday. Joining the hallowed halls of rock history will be the following artists and non-performers:

Buddy Guy is one of the original Chicago blues masters. His work has influenced many guitar legends from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Percy Sledge, a.k.a. the Golden Voice of Soul, was the originator of the Muscle Shoals sound. You might know him from his well-known hit When a Man Loves a Woman. He continues to tour to this day.

The O'Jays (Eddie Levert, Bobby Massey, William Powell, Sammy Strain, Walter Williams) from Ohio emerged in 1972 and have amassed dozens of hits since breaking out of Philadelphia. You might recognize their song "For the Love of Money," recently used in Donald Trump's television show The Apprentice.

The Pretenders (Martin Chambers, Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott, Chrissie Hynde) were born in the late 1970's in London and became one of the most successful acts of the skinny tie wearing New Wave movement.

U2 emerged from Dublin, Ireland in the early '80's and continue to release relevant, chart-topping music to this day. Coupled with the group's politically and socially conscience image, led by the irrepressible Bono, U2 consistently sells out the world's top venues as they spread their sound across the planet. They join the hall in just their first year of eligibility.

Frank Barsalona is the founder and President of the Premier Talent Agency, which was the first legitimate rock and roll booking agency. He changed the way the music industry did business and along the way worked with some of rock's most influential bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and U2.

Seymour Stein co-founded Sire Records in 1966 and since then has become one of the most successful executives in music. The label continues to thrive almost 40 years later. Some of his signings include The Ramones, The Pretenders, The Talking Heads, Depeche Mode and The Smiths.

The 20th annual induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will take place March 14th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. The foundations nominating committee selects nominees each year and ballots are then sent to an international voting body consisting of approximately 700 so-called experts of rock and roll. Among those denied entry to the hall this year were punk pioneers The Sex Pistols.

Writer: Joe Henley



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When will "Heart" ever go into the hall? 1st female singer to front a band?
Posted by: Anonymous on December 14, 2004
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