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Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel and Elton John are already music icons, but several of their important recordings are being singled out for induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Joel’s signature song “Piano Man,” Frank Sinatra’s iconic “New York, New York” and the self-titled albums by Houston and John join 23 other singles and albums that were inducted on Wednesday, reports E! News.
McCartney’s Band on the Run, which was recorded with Wings, and AC/DC’s Back in Black are among the albums the Recording Academy picked.
Singles included Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally,” Dylan’s “The Times, They Are A-Changin’” and James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton’s original recording of “Hound Dog” was also inducted.
“With the Grammy Hall of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, reports Rolling Stone. “Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history.”
The Academy now has 933 recordings in its Hall of Fame.
You can check out the full list at Grammy.org.