Prince and the Revolution‘s classic smash Purple Rain has been selected, among others, to the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
It’s about time, if you ask me!
In continuing its mission to preserve and celebrate music year-round, The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, adding 30 recordings to a collection that now totals 881 titles. The collection is on display at the GRAMMY Museum.
“The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture.”
The dynamic group of 2011 inductees range from the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” to the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.” Other recordings include Al Jolson‘s “My Mammy,” the Marvelettes’ “Hey Mr. Postman,” Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” the Original Broadway Cast recording of Brigadoon, Prince & The Revolution’s Purple Rain, and Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” Other inductees with selections include Joan Baez, Mildred Bailey, Ray Charles, Jimmy Cliff, Fats Domino, Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Al Green, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys, among others.
Established by The Academy’s National Trustees in 1973, the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, and final approval is made by The Recording Academy Trustees.
For a complete list of 2011 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees click here.