70’s sensation- Chic. Photo: popmatters.com
by Tayyaba Riaz
Boogying all the way back to the awesome disco era
The Recording Academy – established in 1957, has announced its 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees. The Grammy Hall Of Fame aims to illustrate the diversity and recording excellence that is the prime foundation of the Academy.
The Hall of Fame entries denote a collection of historical and influential significance, dating as far back as 1909, following all the way to the late 80’s. The entries help to reflect back and observe the changing dynamics of music over decades.
At present, a total number of 987 titles are on display at the GRAMMY Museum in L.A. This year there has been an addition of 27 inductees.
Amongst others, artists of colour have dominated the list this year with Sonny Rollins, Harry Belafonte, Fontella Bass, Ornette Coleman, Billy Ward and Aaron Neville. The Grammy Hall of Fame Collection is now vvailable online at the official GRAMMY store.
Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2015 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from Autobahn by Kraftwerk to Lou Reed’s controversial hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” Also added to the highly regarded list are The 4 Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Neil Young’s 1972 album Harvest, Chic’s disco classic “Le Freak,” the Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols, and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Other inductees include recordings by Harry Belafonte, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, and Hank Williams, among others.