Category: Grandmaster Flash

Grammy Hall of Fame announces 2012 recordings inductees

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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.


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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.



Q&A: Grandmaster Flash on his return with 'The Bridge'


Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five formed in New York in the late '70s and radically altered the musical and cultural landscape -- pioneering the turntable as a way to make music, not just play it. After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Flash, 51, is preparing to release his first studio album in more than 20 years. "The Bridge" is out Tuesday.

How was your weekend?

I was with my kiddies, 'cuz I'm leaving for Australia for a few weeks, so I did the dad thing. I worked the club called Eden, which I love to do when I'm in [New York], on 47th Street and 8th Avenue. And when I get off the phone, I have to make a mad dash for my suitcase.

When did it first happen that your kids were listening to some music and you were like, what is this noise?

Actually I'm the creator of the noise, so it was never noise to me! They were like, "Dad, what is that you doing?" As opposed to the other way around. The things I've developed that've become the worldwide way DJs play, my kids, they get it.

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