“Happy Together” Enters Grammy Hall of Fame
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2007) – The Recording Academy® announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, adding 44 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 728 titles. The Hall Of Fame serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all major categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Recording Academy has become renowned.
“This year’s GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees spotlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history,” said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. “They exemplify some of the best qualities that make the recording arts essential to our culture, and they all greatly deserve to be commemorated.”
The selections range from 1924’s It Had To Be You by Isham Jones & His Orchestra to 1980’s He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones. Other recordings also chosen this year include Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Star Wars – Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Williams cond. London Symphony Orchestra, Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ One Love, The Miracles’ The Tracks Of My Tears, and Duke Ellington & His Orchestra’s Cocktails For Two. Other artists with selections include the Clash, Elvis Costello, Spike Jones & His City Slickers, Patsy Montana & The Prairie Ramblers, Bob Newhart, the Ramones, Bill Withers, and Led Zeppelin.
The Recording Academy’s National Trustees established the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Hall Of Fame 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 more information about the Hall Of Fame or the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (to be broadcast live on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network), please visit www.grammy.com.
A complete list of GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees for 2007 follows. An entire list of GRAMMY Hall Of Fame recipients through 2006 can be found at http://www.grammy.com/Recording_Academy/Awards/Hall_Of_Fame/.