Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2013. And while hopefully this year’s ceremony will be happily devoid of the drama surrounding last year’s induction of Guns N’ Roses, for the fans of most of the bands/artists included, the recognition has been a long time coming.
Heart, the rock & roll sister act who dominated the charts during the 70’s and 80s, has been eligible for induction for at least 10 years. Canadian prog-rock band Rush has been waiting for about 14 years just to show up on the ballot. And “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer, unfortunately, is not around to receive the honor, having passed away from cancer earlier this year. That being said, no one is disputing the fact that each of the inductees truly merits a place in the Hall—even if the honor is late in coming by some standards.
Here’s a quick overview of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees:
Randy Newman: Perhaps best known in recent memory for his film scoring work (especially on numerous Pixar films, including the Toy Story franchise), Newman has been writing songs for over four decades, and while never topping the charts as a recording artist, has written hits for many modern artists.
Heart: Proving conclusively that women can truly rock, Ann and Nancy Wilson have been long considered pioneers of the genre, generating hit after hit over several decades.
Rush: When a rock band can consistently sell out arenas while staying largely out of the mainstream, you know you have a band with substance. Rush has been doing that sort of thing for several decades.
Public Enemy: With their provocative, politically conscious lyricism and sonic innovation, there is little disputing that Public Enemy drastically shaped the direction of hip-hop, influencing many bands after them since they broke into the scene in the early 1980s—not just hip-hop artists, but bands from the punk, alternative and metal genres as well.
Donna Summer: After her heyday as a disco diva, Summer spent the 1980s and beyond finding success in the pop and rock genres. Whatever type of music she did, Donna Summer helped to shape the landscape of modern music, and is a treasure who will be missed.
Albert King: While not as well known as the “other” King, surviving counterpart B.B. King, the late blues guitarist Albert King is perhaps best known today for his abiding influence on other legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
Quincy Jones: Perhaps the most overlooked of the honorees, Jones’ work as a music producer is unmatched in the industry. There are few in the business today who do not claim him as an influence in some way.
Lou Adler: A behind-the-scenes industry pro along with Jones, Adler has a long and prestigious history in both record and film production. He currently owns the legendary Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.
The induction ceremony is open to the public, and is scheduled for April 18, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.