LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Music by Paul McCartney, Bob
Dylan, Elton John and late singers Whitney Houston and James
Brown will be inducted into the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame, The
Recording Academy said on Wednesday.
Paul McCartney & Wings' 1973 album "Band on the Run," long
credited with reigniting McCartney's career following the
Beatles' split in 1970, was one of the 27 new inductees into the
Grammy Hall of Fame, on display at the Grammy Museum in downtown
Houston's self-titled 1985 debut album was also named an
inductee, following the singer's sudden death aged 48 in
February this year. Australian hard-rock band AC/DC's
top-selling 1980 "Back in Black" album was also named a new
The Recording Academy, which also runs the Grammy awards,
picks songs and albums from all genres that are at least 25
years old, with either "qualitative or historical significance"
to be considered annually for the Grammy Hall of Fame by a
"Memorable for being both culturally and historically
significant, we are proud to add (the 2013 inductees) to our
growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part
of our musical, social and cultural history," The Recording
Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.
As well as albums, the Grammy Hall of Fame also includes
songs of historic and cultural significance and the inductees
for 2013 see a range of classic American songs.
Iconic Dylan song "The Times They Are A-Changing" from 1964,
R&B singer Ray Charles' 1961 tune "Hit the Road Jack," Rat Pack
star Frank Sinatra's 1980 "Theme from 'New York, New York'", and
'Godfather of soul' James Brown's 1965 classic "I Got You (I
Feel Good)" were all honored.
Other 2013 inductees include Elton John's 1970 self-titled
second album and American debut, Billy Joel's 1973 hit "The
Piano Man" and Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's 1953 R&B classic
"Hound Dog," later covered by Elvis Presley.
(Reporting By Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Andrew