The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is letting in a variety of faces in 2006.
Miles Davis was one of the most influential jazz musicians of his time, playing his trumpet on classic albums like A Tribute to Jack Johnson and Nefertiti. He passed away after a stroke in 1991.
Black Sabbath is cited by many to be the first heavy metal band. Formed in the industrial town of Birmingham, England, the band, including Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Lommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward, used goth and electronic influences to create its dark brand of music.
The Sex Pistols had the look and attitude that all pop-punk bands want to emulate but never come close to. With members like Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, the Pistols' short existence left a huge impact both musically and culturally. Their tune "God Save the Queen" was so controversial that newspapers in the UK wouldn't print the name of the song, even when it hit number one on UK charts.
Eighties rock band Blondie was a part of the original punk movement, playing CBGB along with the Ramones and Television in the 1970s. After disbanding in 1982, the band reformed in 1999 and continues to record and tour.
American southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd combined rock with a country-and-blues aesthetic, creating its own influential sound. The band took a hiatus after a tragic plane crash in 1977 killed three members of the band: singer-songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and vocalist Cassie Gaines. Lynyrd Skynyrd began to record and perform again in 1987.
Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss are being inducted from non-musical achievements, namely their record company, A&M Records, which they started in 1962.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, at least 25 years must have passed since an artist's first record.
The ceremony will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 13th, 2006.
Writer: Michelle Garcia