The late Donna Summer finally made it into the hallowed hall – on her sixth try, just half a year after her passing – while Public Enemy found themselves swept in on their very first bid.
Also inducted were arch satirist Randy Newman and the pioneering female rock band Heart, each of whom made the grade on their third attempt. Longtime blues mainstay Albert King also received the inductee’s invitation, after making his very first appearance on the nominees list.
Two other names join the inductees this year, via the Ahmet Ertegun non-performing category. They include producer Quincy Jones – even though Jones has written and recorded many albums of his own – and Lou Adler, the producer of acts like The Mamas and the Papas, as well as owner of their label, Dunhill Records. Alder also helped put together the seminal Monterey Pop Festival, founded the record company Ode, which signed a solo Carole King, and produced the movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
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