The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is something quite special. It’s filled to bursting with the most influential names in the industry – artists who have all put their special stamp on the music and created a legacy through their songs.
The concept kicked off with the establishing of a foundation for the Hall of Fame back in 1983. Ahmet Ertegun (founder and chairman of Atlantic Records at the time) and Jann Wenner (publisher of Rolling Stone magazine) came together to start the ball rolling. The idea was always to open up a physical museum, but that wouldn’t happen for another 12 years.
In 1986, the first musicians were inducted into this new Hall of Fame. This initial list included greats from the past, such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis.
It was in 1995 when the organizers finally decided on a place and set about creating an actual, physical Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for people to visit. They settled on Cleveland for the museum because this is the city where experts agree that the term Rock & Roll was originally coined. This is credited to Alan Freed, a disc jockey in Cleveland who is responsible for holding the first ever Rock & Roll concert back in 1952.
There was something of a bidding war for where the physical museum should be built. Other cities that were considered include Detroit, Memphis and New York. However, Cleveland offered up tax money to help build the museum, which may have given them the deciding vote.
Not just anyone can get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – and rightly so. It needs to be well established and agreed upon that the impact a particular act has had on the industry is profound. This means that you need to have been active in the music world for at least 25 years before you can even be considered.
Once an act has made it onto the list of nominees for a particular year, their fate is then voted on by a group of music industry peers. The ballot list is sent out to over 600 people who work in the music industry – singers, musicians, writers, producers, etc. With so many people involved, the odds of being picked are not nearly as good as those at Dota 2 betting sites.
It’s rare, but some artists are so influential that they deserve to be recognized more than once. This only happens when the artist was part of a group and acted as an individual. In these cases, they can be inducted into the Rock & Roll Halls of Fame on their own and as a member of a particular group. The list includes Neil Young, Paul Simon and Michael Jackson, who were inducted twice, and Eric Clapton, who was inducted three times – two different groups and as a solo act.