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2010 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Updated on March 16, 2010

The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010 Induction Ceremony will be held on March 15th, 2010, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The celebration will air live on Fuse, Madison Square Gardens national music television network.

The nominating committee is made up of about 30 rock and roll music experts; music journalists, historians, executives and even a few musicians. The committee gets together once a year and reviews the list of all eligible first time inductees and those that were nominated before but not inducted. The only eligibility requirement is that they released their first record or album at least twenty five years prior.

The original list of inductees is made up of suggestions from three subcommittees; one on progressive rock and heavy metal, another on early rock and rollers and rhythm and blues, and the final subcommittee on hip hop.

Once the final listĀ of nominees is gathered, the ballots are distributed to the Hall of Fame voters; a group of all living inductees, music journalists, music executives, historians and so forth; they vote on the top nominees to be inducted.

And for 2010 the inductees are...

The 5 Performing Inductees


Abba was formed in 1971 in Stockholm, Sweden. The four member group was known for bringing Europop to the rock mainstream around the world and brought Sweden to the forefront of the international pop scene. Benny and Bjorn, the two male members of the group are considered two of the best songwriters of 70s pop music. The name of the group is actually an acronym for the members' names; Anni, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha.The group achieved fame by winning third place in a Eurovision song contest with Ring-Ring in 1973 and first place with 'Waterloo" the following year. Their song Waterloo brought them fame in the United States. In 1977, probably their most famous song "Dancing Queen" became a #1 hit. Followed with 1978's "Take A Chance On Me" along with many other hits. A bit of trivia about the band, only the car company Volvo brought more money to Sweden during ABBA's existence.


The six member progressive rock band known as Genesis began in 1967 in England without Phil Collins, who didn't join them until 1970 as drummer and backup vocals to Gabriel. They were almost named Gabriel's Angels for Peter Gabriel, but named Genesis as it suggested a new beginning of sound and feeling. In 1969 the band recorded in the light melodic pop style of the Bee Gees.

Peter Gabriel left the band in 1975 and released a solo album in 1977. Phil Collins was replaced as drummer and became lead vocalist and the five man band became a quartet. Another member left the band in 1977 and the four became three and released the album "And Then There Were Three." Producing their first American hit "Follow You Follow Me". In 1980 with the release of the album entitled "Duke" produced two huge hits "Misunderstanding" and "Turn It On Again", which went platinum.

The Collins led trio enjoyed chart success until Collins left in 1996.

The Hollies

Formed in 1962 in Manchester, England. They were part of the British Invasion, pop rock and psychedelia genres of music popular in the 60's and 70's. They were one of the first rock bands to make it big in their own country, yet one of the last of the British Invasions to hit big in America. The band members included Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Bernie Calvert and Bobbie Elliott. Leads Graham Nash and Allan Clarke would be among the decades finest pop songwriters. They got their start at the same place the Beatles did in Liverpool's Cavern Club. They reached the British Top Ten with "We're Through" and two number one hits "I'm Alive" and "I Can't Let Go".

Their first all original album "For Certain Because" gave them the hit "Stop, Stop, Stop" in 1966 and topped American charts. After 1968, Nash left the band, considering the bands plan to do an album of Dylan covers as a step backwards and formed one of the first world's super-groups, Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Hollies found their biggest hits from outside songwriters with "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" in 1970, "The Air That I Breathe" in 1974, and the CCR inspired "Long Cool Woman" in 1972.

The band was not named as a tribute to Buddy Holly as is often thought, but inspired by the Christmas holly on Nash's home.

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff is the second inductee for Reggae music, the first being Bob Marley. Jimmy was born in Jamaica and known in the mainstream for his hits "Sitting In Limbo", "You Can Get It If You Really Want", and "Many Rivers To Cross". Also known for his covers of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now". His first hit was "Hurricane Hattie" when he was fourteen. His career took off in the late 1960's with songs such as "Waterfall", "Wonderful World Beautiful People", and in 1970 "Vietnam", which Bob Dylan called "the best protest song he ever heard". A new album and tour is scheduled for release in 2010.

The Stooges

The Stooges, also known as Iggy and The Stooges (from lead singer Iggy Pop) formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are seen as one of the first influental bands on the rise of punk rock as well alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music in general. Their first album "The Stooges" was released in 1969, "Fun House" in 1970, and "Raw Power" in 1973 which would become the cornerstone for early punk rock.

Later bands in the punk rock scene, such as The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious and Sonic Youth would cover various Stooges songs such as "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Search and Destroy", bringing them to a new generation. Kurt Cobain listed his number one favorite album as "Raw Power".

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Non Performing Inductees

The Ahmet Ertegun (founder of the Hall of Fame) award is given to influential non performers and this years recipients included more than the norm.

Music executive David Geffenis cited for creating Asylum Records in 1970 and Geffen Records in 1980. Under Asylum Records artists like Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Linda Ronstadt. Prior to Asylum Records he was a personal manager and had success with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Laura Nyro and Jackson Browne. Geffen Records' first artist to be signed was Donna Summer. Released John Lennon's Album "Double Fantasy" and over the years has become a well known label with releases from artists such as Olivia Newton John, Asia, Cher, Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, Blink 182, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Neil Young and many others.

The husband and wife songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil have written classic songs in almost every genre of music. Including hits "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", "On Broadway", "You're My Soul And Inspiration", "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" popularized by the Animals. They were also instrumental in carrying Dolly Parton from country over to pop with the hit "Here You Come Again". Also collaborated or wrote songs for artists such as Paul Revere and the Raiders, James Ingram, Aaron Neville, Lionel Richie, Martina McBride, Leo Sayer, and many, many more. The song writing duo also wrote songs for film winning Grammy's, Oscar nominations and Golden Globe nominations.

Songwriting team Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry were one of the most productive song writing teams of the 1960's. Writing hits such as "Da Do Ron Ron", "Then He Kissed Me" (Crystals), "Baby I Love You", "Be My Baby" (Ronettes), "Do Wa Diddy" (The Exciters). In 1966 they discovered Neil Diamond. They also continued to write such classics as "River Deep, Mountain High" (Ike and Tina Turner), "I Can Hear Music" (Ronettes and Beach Boys). In 1964 placed in charge of the new Redbird Records, 15 of their first twenty songs hit the charts all written and produced by the team.

Songwriter Jesse Stone was born in Kansas in 1901 and was an American Rhythm and Blues musician and songwriter. Ahmet Ertegun said that "Jesse Stone did more to develop the basic rock n' roll sound than anybody else". He made some recordings under his own name in the 1930s and 1940s. Some of his earlier recordings showed a deep blues influence. An early success was "Idaho" with the Benny Goodman version reaching number four on the charts in 1942. Jimmy Dorsey recorded his composition "Sorghum Switch", later renamed "Cole Slaw" by Louis Jordan. He also recorded novelty blues for RCA and wrote the standard "Smack Dab In The Middle". In 1947 he joined Atlantic Records and was the only black man on the payroll. He wrote such songs as Ray Charles' hit "Losing Hard", The Drifters first hit "Money Honey" and "Sh-Boom" for the Chords. He composed "Shake, Rattle and Roll" which is often considered one of the first rock and roll songs. Jerry Garcia Band performed Stone's "Don't Let Go" in concert 154 times. The Steve Miller Band covered Stone's "Your Cash Aint Nothin But Trash" in 1973 on their album The Joker. Huey Lewis and the News covered the same song in 1994. Isaac Hayes covered his song "Don't Let Go" in 1979. Jesse Stone also used the pseudonyms Charles Calhoun and Chuck Calhoun.

Songwriter Mort Shuman was best known as co-writer of many popular rock and roll hits of the 1960's including "Viva Las Vegas". Collaborating with lyricist Doc Pumus, they wrote songs for Dion, Andy Williams, Bobby Darin, Fabian, The Drifter and Elvis Presley. They're most famous songs include "A Teenager In Love", "Turn Me Loose", "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Little Sister", "Can't Get Used To Losing You", and Viva Las Vegas". He also collaborated on songs for British artists during the British Invasion and many French songs.

Singer, Songwriter, pianist Otis Blackwell was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1932, his work had a significant influence on Rock and Roll and is considered by many as one of the greatest R&B songwriters of all time. His first success came in 1956 with Little Willy John's "Fever" and an even bigger pop success for Peggy Lee. Then "All Shook Up" which began a collaboration with Elvis Presley to include "Don't Be Cruel" and "Return To Sender", though they never met in person. Blackwell composed more than a thousand songs, with sales close to two hundred million records, including, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire".


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    • Missi Darnell profile image

      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Yes JannyC I was thrilled to see ABBA in there as well. All of them great contributors to rock and roll.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      YAY ABBA!!!

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Coolmon glad you enjoyed this hub. Thank you for your comment.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good information; enjoyable reading too.

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      thank you shaz, glad you enjoyed. I had fun writing it. The songwriters blew me away, its nice to see them get credit for writing and composing such infamous songs.

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you jwjulie. Happy you enjoyed this article.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you for writing this, it did cross my mind who had been nominated presently. I had an idea Abba was, but not the others.

      A hub well done

      Shaz x

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      jwjulie40 7 years ago

      Oh what read!! This is better then the history channel!!! Love it thank you I am going to share this one!!