James Brown inducted to Grammy Hall of Fame

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Grammy Hall of Fame collection. To mark the historic occasion recordings by James Brown, AC/DC, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney & Wings were added to its catalogue of nearly 1000 culturally significant albums and singles.

Neil Portnow from The Recording Academy said the new entries “have inspired and influenced” generations of fans. The latest recordings to be added are James Brown’s 1965 single I Got You (I Feel Good), Piano Man by Billy Joel – released in 1973 and Bob Dylan’s 1964 track The Times They Are A-Changin.

“I Got You” was originally released in 1965 and then re-made and re-released on Browns “Sex Machine Today” album in 1975. The tune has since been used on countless movie sound tracks and remains Brown’s highest-charting song, peaking at number three.

As for albums, 1973’s Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings has been recognised alongside Elton John’s self-titled album from 1970, Back In Black by AC/DC from 1980 and Whitney Houston’s eponymous debut released in 1985.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which opened in 2008, now features 933 records. The museum also features a rich collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings

An annual review by a committee of professionals from the recording arts industry decide which records are put forward, with final approval given by a board of trustees at The Recording Academy.

Mr Portnow said of the new additions: “We are proud to add them to our growing catalogue of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history.”