It took a while, but the Stooges will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis (Maybe the folks in Cleveland were listening to us), and the Hollies. Non-performer inductees will include David Geffen and songwriters Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Elle Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell.
This year’s musical inductees serves as a bit of a long-time-coming list. The Rock Hall’s rules require an act to release an album 25 years prior to eligibility, meaning, for this year’s group, 1985 is the jump-off. That said, The Stooges first broke out in 1969, The Hollies in 1964, Jimmy Cliff in 1968 and ABBA in 1973.
The ceremony will occur on March 15 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and will be broadcast live on Fuse. Known for collaborations, we can only hope the event will pair the angelic voices in ABBA with Iggy & Co. for a grimy rock/euro-pop mash-up. “I Wanna Be Your Dancing Queen,” maybe?