Grammy Hall of Fame announces 2012 recordings inductees
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.,” Bill Cosby’s “I Started Out as a Child” comedy album and musicologist Harry Smith’s widely influential “Anthology of American Folk Music” collection are among 25 new recordings selected for the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame, the Recording Academy announced Monday.
The new entries, which also include Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” album, Cole Porter’s pop standard “Anything Goes,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s pioneering rap single “The Message” and Tina Turner’s career-rejuvenating hit single “What’s Love Got to Do With It” bring the total number of recordings chosen for the Hall of Fame to 906.
In addition to these rock, pop, hip-hop, folk, R&B and spoken word recordings, this year’s batch includes bluegrass (Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ instrumental “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”), blues (Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die,” Big Bill Broonzy’s “Key to the Highway”), gospel (Mahalia Jackson’s “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”), disco (Gloria Gaynor’s anthem “I Will Survive”), Tex-Mex (Freddy Fender’s 1975 hit “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”), Latin (Los Panchos’ 1945 album “Mexicantos”), classical (Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 1940 recording of Roy Harris’ Symphony No. 3) and Broadway (the 1946 original cast album for “St. Louis Woman”) selections.
The 54th Grammy Awards ceremony will take place Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., in 1963. Credit: Los Angeles Times file photo.