This year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be six backing groups that for three decades have been overlooked. We say to you Hall of Fame gods, it is about time.
The Comets, Blue Caps, The Crickets, Famous Flames, The Midnighters and The Miracles will be added to the Hall despite the years their talents remained unrecognized.
The backing groups originally missed the honor at the time their frontmen (Gene Vincent, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, James Brown, Hank Ballard, Smokey Robinson) were inducted into the Hall of Fame, which created some controversy.
On April 14 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony will take place at Cleveland’s Public Hall.
CEO Joel Peresman said in a statement, “These Inductees are pioneers in the development of the music we call rock and roll. As part of our mission to recognize the most impactful, innovative and influential artists in rock, the commettee brought forth these six groups that belong in the Hall of Fame.”
In addition to the six groups, this years inductees also include Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces/The Faces, Freddie King, Glyn Johns, Guns N’ Roses and Don Kirshner.