Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a Hit

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum. | Source
Entrance to the Exhibition Hall.
Entrance to the Exhibition Hall. | Source
A guitar collection is on display in the main concourse.
A guitar collection is on display in the main concourse. | Source
Here is Billy Joel's personal motorcycle!
Here is Billy Joel's personal motorcycle! | Source

Few may know how “the beat” was born!

Music encompasses so many genres...classical, blues, jazz, folk, hard rock, rap, country, gospel…we all have our favorites. If you visit Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, you’ll trace the origins of rock music.

Those who grew up during the first decade of rock and roll have witnessed the thresholds through which music has evolved. Remember the first dance, the first kiss, the words to a favorite song associated with someone? People, places and special events link us with our special generation of music.

The exhibits, displays and memorabilia enshrined within this 150,000 square foot, seven-floor structure, provides every piece of information about the contributing forerunners to rock, the trailblazers, the movers and shakers, the rock idols, women in rock, popular groups, global bands, instruments, on-stage wardrobes, and the public's interpretation of the impact of Rock and Roll on our culture.

The dream of having a Hall of Fame for the music-makers we’ve all listened to and loved finally came true in 1983 with the establishment of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

One of the first Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees was Chuck Berry!

A wall portrait of American Bandstand's host Dick Clark with Dion of the Belmonts.
A wall portrait of American Bandstand's host Dick Clark with Dion of the Belmonts. | Source

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Categories

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions began in 1986 with four categories:

  • Performers (eligible after 25 years after release of their first recording. There were 16 original inductees, including Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard.
  • Ahmet Ertegun Award (songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, industry professionals who had a major influence on the development of rock and roll)
  • Early Influences (artists whose music predated rock and roll, but influenced its evolution and its leading artists)
  • Award for Recording Excellence (non-performing backup musicians). For a list of inductees, visit rockhall.com to find your favorite artists!

This was Janis Joplin's personal vehicle!
This was Janis Joplin's personal vehicle! | Source
Cleveland Browns Stadium is near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame complex.
Cleveland Browns Stadium is near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame complex. | Source

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Just a stone’s throw from Lake Erie, the City of Cleveland has taken pride in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with skylines, nearby Cleveland Browns Stadium, and top-notch public grounds and infrastructure.

Cleveland's Skyline

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A marker1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 -
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
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JLPeterson 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

What a great place to visit in Cleveland, Joy! And those pictures are awesome! rated up, awesome, useful and interesting.

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