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GRAMMY HALL OF FAME ADDS TO ITS COLLECTION

A cover of a Dolly Parton song, the first hit album for Richard Branson’s then-fledgling Virgin label, the original versions of songs made famous by Elvis Presley and Donny Hathaway and the first hit of the grunge era are among the newest inductions to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Singles and albums at least 25 years old are considered by a special member committee representing all branches of the recording arts. Now in its 45th year, there are 1,063 recordings in the Hall.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog." 

The oldest recording on the list is Thomas Edison’s recitation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” a tin foil recording from 1878 that was restored six years ago. The most recent are Whitney Houston’s version of "I Will Always Love You" and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

The Academy has set up a playlist at Apple Music.

The records are:
Band Of Gypsys - Jimi Hendrix (Capitol) (1970)
"Bring It On Home to Me" - Sam Cooke (RCA Victor) (1962)
The Chronic - Dr. Dre (Death Row) (1992)
"Dream On" – Aerosmith (Columbia) (1973)
"Fight The Power" - Public Enemy (Columbia) (1989)
"Flash Light" – Parliament (Casablanca) (1978)
"Grazing in the Grass" - Hugh Masekela (UNI) (1968)
Heart Like A Wheel - Linda Ronstadt (Capitol) (1974)
"I Can't Help Myself" - Four Tops (Motown) (1965)
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Gladys Knight & the Pips (Soul/Motown) (1967)
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" The King Cole Trio (Capitol) (1946)
"I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston (Arista) (1992)
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash (Columbia) (1968)
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" - Thomas Alva Edison (1878)
"Me and Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul (Philadelphia International) (1972)
"Moon River" - Andy Williams (Columbia) (1962)
"My Man "- Billie Holiday (Brunswick) (1937)
NevermindNirvana (DGC) (1991)
A Night at the Opera- Queen (Elektra) (1975)
"Paint It, Black" - The Rolling Stones (London) (1966)
"Savoy Blues" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (Okeh) (1927)
"A Song for You" - Leon Russell (Shelter) (1970)
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie (Mercury) (1969)
"That's All Right" - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup  (RCA Victor) (1949)
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (Virgin) (1973)

 

 

 

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