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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 Inductees


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 Inductees
(Courtesy of the Cleveland CVB)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2006 inductees on November 28, 2005. These talented musicians, producers, and songwriters were honored at the annual Induction ceremony in New York City on March 13, 2006.

The ceremony was simulcast at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2006 inductees are:
  • Black Sabbath - (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osborne, and Bill Ward) Formed in England in 1968, Black Sabbath's enormously popular music deals with dark themes, such as black magic, death, Satanism, and the apocalypse.
  • Blondie - (Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Deborah Harry, Frank Infante, Chris Stein, and Gary Valentine) This New York City club band became one of the most successful New Wave rock and roll bands of the 1970s. Fronted by the eclectic Deborah Harry, Blondie's hits included Heart of Glass, Call Me, and The Tide is High.
  • Miles Davis - One of the 20th century's most prolific and creative jazz artists, his career spanned six decades. His music combines elements of jazz and fusion with rock and roll, soul, and even hip-hop music.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Leon Wilkeson) One of the most popular southern rock groups of the 1970s, Lynyrd Skynyrd's hits included Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.
  • Sex Pistols - (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, and Sid Vicious) Their short, yet brilliant career produced the album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, which jump-started the punk rock movement.
Each year, one non-performer is chosen for the Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the genre of Rock and Roll music. This year's award winners are Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, founders of A and M Records. Begun in Los Angeles in 1962 with just a few hundred dollars, A&M became one of the most successful independent record labels in history. A&M artists included the Police, the Neville Brothers, Peter Frampton, Cat Stevens, John Hiatt, and Alpert's own group, the Tijuana Brass, among dozens of others.

Artists are eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record. Inductees are chosen based on the significance of the artist's work as well as its contribution to developing the rock and roll music genre. Past inductees include The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Fats Domino.

(last updated 10-04-06)

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