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The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, adding 55 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 585 titles.

willie nelsonThe recordings inducted this year include Willie Nelson's 1975 breakthrough album, 'Red Headed Stranger,' which kicked off the "outlaw" movement in country music; the Doors' 1967 self-titled album, a seminal work that forever altered rock history; Rufus Thomas' 'Walking The Dog,' which helped define Memphis soul and paved the way for funk; the 1969 self-titled album 'Blood, Sweat & Tears,' a pioneer in the jazz/rock field; 'Highway 61 Revisited,' Bob Dylan's first full-blown rock album; Arlo Guthrie's 'Alice's Restaurant,' which inspired the era-defining 1969 movie of the same name; and 'Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return,' recorded in 1965 by Vladimir Horowitz and considered one of the most important "event" recordings of the 20th century, among 49 others.

In addition, several socially conscious songs were inducted this year, which were made all the more poignant in the wake of September 11, including Pete Seeger's 1964 plea for peace, including 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone,' and Marvin Gaye's 1971 environmental lament, 'Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),' among others.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame is one of the Academy's most prized endeavours, spotlighting recorded musical masterpieces that have significantly impacted our musical history," beamed Academy President/CEO Michael Greene.  "This year's selections are timeless recordings and compositions of social significance that deserve to be memorialised in the Grammy Hall of Fame."

The Recording Academy's Hall of Fame serves as a reminder and celebration of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts.

Selections are drawn from all major categories of music, acknowledging an embrace of the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become renowned.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1973 by the Recording Academy's Trustees to honour recordings of enduring quality and relevance or historical significance.

An entire list of Grammy Hall of Fame recipients can be found at the site.

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  • All Music Guide Guide to music artists, including albums, songs, publishing and biographies searchable by name, album, song, style and label in wide range of musical styles, including rock, country, reggae and folk. Also includes recent music related news.

  • ArtRock Band & Artist Memorabilia & Collectors Items

  • British Library Music Collections includes news, catalogues and a select bibliography.

  • National Sound Archive Catalogue Published and unpublished recordings held by the British Library containing various genres including pop, jazz, classical, world music, language and wildlife sounds which can be ordered or a 'listening appointment' can be made.

  • Online Music Encyclopaedia Composer database, glossary of terms, MIDI archive and instrument gallery.

  • PD Info: Public Domain Music Information about freely available music and songs in the public domain including an alphabetical list of royalty-free music, details of individual music, collections and compendiums.

  • RIAA Gold and Platinum Database of gold, platinum, multi-platinum, and diamond record sale award winners in the US searchable by title, artist, label, format, category, and certification date and includes a history of the award programmes.

  • Rock Hall Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

  • The Rock Warehouse of Rock Legends

  • Rough Guide To Rock Music website currently contains details of the careers and recordings of more that 1200 bands and artists. If you discover that your favourite musician is missing, you can either request it to be added or you can write and submit your own entry. If it is good enough, it will be added online and will appear in the next edition of the book.

  • Songwriters Hall of Fame

  • Vocal Group Hall of Fame & Museum dedicated to the greatest vocal groups (USA site)

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