The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, Ohio, a multi-structured and ultra-modern facility overlooking Lake Erie. Founded in 1983, the Hall of Fame complex was opened 10 years later. Each year the hall inducts new members. For 2013, numerous performers are being considered, with fans helping to choose which nominees will ultimately get famed.
The disco queen died in 2012 following a battle with non-smoking lung cancer. Summer, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines rose to prominence in the late 1970s when four consecutive singles hit the top of the charts. The five-time Grammy winner produced such hit as “Bad Girls” and “She Works Hard for the Money” as well as “Last Dance” and “I Feel Love.” Summer’s legacy lasted well beyond her disco years and included revival tours and a new album in 2008.
The five-person African-American group Chic also came to prominence at the height of the disco movement. The group produced “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “Le Freak” as well as “Good Times,” the latter becoming a torch song for family gatherings, sports events and other social escapades. Chic is credited with blending disco with groove, soul and a distinctly New York tone that has been credited with helping artists make the transition to hip-hop, rap and other forms of street music.
The tune “Smoke on the Water” was a 70s sensation and was one of many hits from this British quintet formed in 1967. Deep Purple was one of the first rock bands to stage an orchestral concerto, and also was known for it thundering drumming, powerful vocals and magical guitar playing. The term “heavy metal” was first ascribed to the group which also produced such hits as “Woman From Tokyo” and “Space Truckin.” Deep Purple is still in tact and continues to make worldwide tours.
The girl groups of the 50s and 60s gave way to the women rockers of the 70s and beyond. Two sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson, proved that women could bring forth hard rock and do so with voices and rhythms that were unheard of at that time. Ann’s powerful voice and Nancy’s percussive guitar were signatures of the group known as Heart, the first women to front a rock band. Hits such as “Barracuda” and “Magic Man” defined Heart, just two of 20 Top 40 hits this group has offered up down through the years.
The word “kraftwerk” is German for “power station” an appropriate term for this electronic rock group founded in 1970. Kraftwerk pioneered the genre of electronic music, making use of computer-speech software and a vocoder to produce a unique sound that became popular by the 1980s. Kraftwerk is known for “Autobahn” and “Trans Union Express” as well as for “Pocket Calculator,” “Showroom Dummies” and “Computer World.” Kraftwerk has been credited with blending rock and roll with the avant-garde for a truly defining sound.
Beside the five groups or individuals featured here, the 2013 nominees also include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Meters, The Marvelettes, Albert King, Rush, Public Enemy, Procol Harem, Randy Newman and N.W.A. Each group brings something to the rock and roll table, including blues, funk, gospel, country and an assortment of tropical beats. Performers are Hall of Fame eligible once they have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of their first record. The nomination criteria includes several matters including the artists’ contributions to rock and roll development and perpetuation. Generally, the hall inducts five to seven new performers each year, individuals or groups that garner the most votes and at least half of the vote from a 600 plus nominating committee.
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