Situated on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an iconic venue which is home to many historical memories of the rock music world. The building was built for the purpose of honoring and archiving the history of artists, engineers and producers who have had a strong impact on the development of rock and roll.
This venue is known for hosting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Over the years, many great acts have been enshrined in the HOF including, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Johnny Cash, Ruth Brown, Van Morrison, Elton John and Celine Dion to name a few. Apart from this, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also feature exhibits which include artifacts from different artists that you can enjoy watching.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is now scheduled to take place on April 14, 2018. So, if you are planning to attend this function live then get your hands on these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets now.
The Formation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
It was the idea of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder and chairman of Atlantic Records to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He started to work on his vision by assembling a team which included, attorneys Suzan Evans and Allen Grubman, Rolling Stone magazine’s publisher, Jann S. Wenner and record executives Noreen Woods, Seymour Stein and Bob Krasnow. Ertegun then appointed a search committee which began to look for the ideal city to build the venue and considered, Memphis, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, New York City, Detroit and Cleveland.
Cleveland requested for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum to be constructed in the city by citing that Alan Freed, the legendary disc jockey of WJW coined the term, ‘rock and roll.’ Plus, the city also hosted Freed’s Moondog Coronation Ball which is accepted as the first major rock and roll concert. Moreover, Cleveland cited that the city’s radio station, WMMS is responsible for bringing several rock superstars under the spotlight including, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Rush and Roxy Music. In addition, the civic leaders of the city offered $65 million to fund the construction and a petition was signed by 600,000 people who voted for Cleveland to be selected as the home of the venue.
These arguments were enough to convince the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and on May 5, 1986, it was announced that the venue will be built in Cleveland. The famous Chinese American architect, I. M. Pei was later contacted to design the building and in 1993, the groundbreaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place. A couple of years later, the museum opened its doors to the public.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Inductees
On January 23, 1986, the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York. The artists who were enshrined into the HOF included, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and the ‘King of Rock and Roll,’ Elvis Presley. Since then, the ceremony has been held in New York twenty five times more. It has also taken place twice in Los Angeles (1993 and 2013) and quadruple times in Cleveland (1997, 2009, 2012 and 2015).
To get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a huge milestone, but to be honored twice is a rare achievement that only few names have been able to accomplish. Some of those stars are:
Paul McCartney – Paul McCartney is the multi-Grammy Award winner who has gained massive fame as a member of The Beatles. After the band’s dismemberment in 1970s, he began to pursue his solo career and has released twenty four studio albums so far. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Beatles in 1988 and as a solo act in 1999.
Paul Simon – Included in the Time’s list of the ‘100 People Who Shaped the World,’ Paul Simon rose to prominence with Art Garfunkel as a duo called, Simon & Garfunkel. After they both went their separate ways, Simon kicked off his solo career and churned out two multi-platinum studio albums, ‘Graceland’ and ‘The Rhythm of the Saints.’ He entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Simon Garfunkel in 1990 and as a solo artist in 2001.
Curtis Mayfield – The Illinois native, Curtis Mayfield needs no introduction. He has won many accolades and even worked in a number of films. Mayfield started his career by becoming a member of The Impressions with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. After leaving the group, he went solo and was enshrined into the HOF for the second time in 1999.
Michael Jackson – Called ‘The King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson has been made a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; first with his group, The Jackson 5 in 1997 and then as a solo artist in 2001.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
‘500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll’ is a list which was created by the curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum, James Henke along with different music experts and rock critics. This list consists of songs which were released from the 1920s through the 1990s.
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones share the top spot for having the most tracks (8) represented on the list, ‘500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.’ Then, there is Elvis Presley on the second spot with seven songs and after that, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder share the third spot with five songs each.
The most recent songs that made the list are Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance and Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. Both tracks were released in 2006 and were certified three and four times platinum in the United States respectively.
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On December 17, 2017, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2018 was announced. The stars who will be getting inducted into the HOF includes, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Plus, the American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the category of, ‘Early Influence.’
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be taking place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. So, if you want to become a part of this celebration then simply grab your cheap Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets and enjoy a great evening of rock music live.