Rock Hall of Fame Induction

L. Bird pkeets at
Mon Mar 14 23:34:11 CST 2005

>Rock Hall Of Fame Inducts New Members Monday

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct a new class Monday night at the 
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.  This year’s inductees include the 
O’Jays, U2, Percy Sledge, Buddy Guy and the Pretenders.

The event will not be broadcast live, although it will be beamed back to the 
museum in Cleveland, where it will be shown on several large screens. VH1 
will air an edited version of the ceremony on Saturday.

(Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Buddy Guy - Known as the towering master of Chicago blues guitar, he is a 
musician's musician who has had a major influence over countless guitarists 
including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and 
Keith Richards.

Percy Sledge - Nicknamed "The Golden Voice of Soul," Sledge sired the 
legendary Muscle Shoals sound. His vocals on songs such as "When a Man Loves 
a Woman," "Take Time to Know Her," "It Tears Me Up" and "Warm and Tender 
Love" resonate around the world as he continues to tour the Americas, 
Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The O'Jays (Eddie Levert, Bobby Massey, William Powell, Sammy Strain, Walter 
Williams) - The Ohio based group landed on Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia 
International Records in 1972, becoming the premier vocal standard-bearers 
for the sound that dominated black music for nearly a decade. They have 
amassed dozens of hits including "Love Train," "Backstabbers," and "For the 
Love of Money," and their smooth style has never gone out of vogue.

The Pretenders (Martin Chambers, Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott, 
Chrissie Hynde) - Formed in late Seventies London, The Pretenders have 
endured as one of the most successful groups to emerge from the New Wave 
era. Singer and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde writes songs (such as "Brass 
in Pocket, "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong" and "Middle of the 
Road") about everyday survival with a tough, self-assured persona.

U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) - This quartet from 
Dublin has displayed an extraordinary capacity to create exhilarating music 
that continues to change with the times. Their creative restlessness has 
given each new record a never-before-heard style that influenced a countless 
number of artists. Songs such as "One," "Where the Streets Have No Name" and 
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" address complex, compelling social and spiritual 
issues but still manage to be accessible. The band's recently released 
record, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb ranks among their best work and they 
will embark on a world tour in 2005.

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