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ABBA, the Stooges -- but not KISS -- make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

December 15, 2009 | 10:32 am

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening its arms to welcome in ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff, but has given the KISS-off, for this year at least, to hard rock’s most celebrated tongue-wagging, makeup-loving band.

The Cleveland-based Rock Hall announced the 2010 inductees this morning, as a prelude to its 25th annual induction ceremony to be held March 15 in New York City.

Veteran music mogul David Geffen also will enter the hall as a non-performer, along with two of the Brill Building’s most celebrated songwriting teams, Jeff Barry and the late Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  Songwriters Otis Blackwell, Mort Shuman and Jesse Stone, the creators of dozens of early rock and R&B hits, also are gaining membership in the hall.

Besides KISS, performers that had made this year’s final nomination ballot, but who now have to wait another year for their next shot at induction are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro and the Chantels.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Iggy Pop. Credit: Virgin Records