McCartney, Houston, Dylan lead Grammy Hall of Fame inductees

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

Los Angeles.

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

entry.

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

committee.

"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

Hay)