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Hank, Willie, Wills receive Grammy hall honors

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and Hank Williams were among the artists having songs named to join the Recording Academy Hall of Fame collection.

Established by The Academy's National Trustees in 1973, the Grammy Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. With 30 new titles, the list currently totals 881 and is displayed at The Grammy Museum.

Williams contributed Lovesick Blues. Nelson's song was On the Road Again, and Wills Steel Guitar Rag. The Beatles and the Jackson 5 were among those contributing soings.

"The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture."

Songs named were:

BOGALUSA BOOGIE - Clifton Chenier
Arhoolie (1976)
Folk (Album)

BRIGADOON - Original Broadway Cast
RCA Victor (1947)
Musical Show (Album)

"CAT'S IN THE CRADLE" - Harry Chapin
Elektra (1974)
Pop (Single)

CISSY STRUT"- The Meters
Josie (1969)
R&B (Single)

"DARK WAS THE NIGHT - COLD WAS THE GROUND" - Blind Willie Johnson
Columbia/Vocalion (1927)
Gospel (Single)

"DO NOTHIN' TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME" - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Al Hibbler
Victor (1944)
R&B (Single)

"FRANKIE" - Mississippi John Hurt
Okeh (1928)
Blues (Single)

GENIUS + SOUL = JAZZ - Ray Charles I
mpulse (1961)
Jazz (Album)

HEAVY WEATHER - Weather Report Columbia (1977) Jazz (Album)

"I'LL BE THERE" - The Jackson 5
Motown (1970)
Pop (Single)

"I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG" Otis Redding
Volt (1965)
R&B (Single)

JOAN BAEZ - Joan Baez
Vanguard (1960)
Folk (Album)

"KO-KO" - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Victor (1940)
Jazz (Single)

THE KOLN CONCERT - Keith Jarrett
ECM (1975)
Jazz (Album)

"THE LETTER" - The Box Tops
Mala (1967)
Pop (Single)

"LOVESICK BLUES" - Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
MGM (1949)
Country (Single)

"MANY RIVERS TO CROSS" - Jimmy Cliff
A&M (1969)
Reggae (Single)

"MY MAMMY" - Al Jolson
Brunswick (1927)
Traditional Pop (Single) "ON THE ROAD AGAIN" - Willie Nelson
CBS (1980)
Country (Single)

"PENNY LANE" - The Beatles
Capitol (1967)
Pop (Single)

"PLEASE MR. POSTMAN" - The Marvelettes
Tamla (1961)
R&B (Single)

PURPLE RAIN - Prince & The Revolution
Warner Bros. (1984)
Pop (Album)

"ROCKIN' CHAIR" - Mildred Bailey
Vocalion (1937)
Jazz (Single)

SCHUMANN: CARNAVAL OP.9 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
RCA Victor (1929)
Classical (Album)

"STEEL GUITAR RAG" - Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys Featuring Leon McAuliffe
Vocalion (1936)
Country (Single)

"SUMMERTIME" - Sidney Bechet
Blue Note (1939)
Jazz (Single)

SUNDAY AT THE VILLAGE VANGAURD - Bill Evans Trio
Riverside (1961)
Jazz (Album)

"TAKE ME TO THE RIVER" - Al Green
Hi (1974)
R&B (Track)

"WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS" - Fats Domino
- Imperial (1960)
Rock (Single)

"WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE" - The Animals
MGM (1965)
Rock (Single)

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