Peter Frampton, Joni Mitchell, the Police, Bo Diddley, Elton John, the Allman Brothers Band, Devo, Neil Diamond, and the Eurythmics, are among the artists to have recordings inducted this year into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Billboard reported, "Recordings are voted on each year by a special member committee, with final approval by the academy's national board of trustees. Counting these 26 titles, the Hall, now in its 47th year, encompasses 1,114 recordings. Recordings become eligible 25 years after their release."
Peter Frampton told us that the multi-platinum success of Frampton Comes Alive! only five years into his solo career, put a great strain on him artistically, and at a time when he desperately needed guidance on how to handle his career — it was nowhere to be found: ["As (writer) Cameron Crowe put it, 'It was like Peter was strapped to the nose-cone of a rocket, he went through the ceiling of the sky, got out, stood there and realized there was nobody else there at all. He was totally alone.' And that pretty much sums up the way I felt."] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . way I felt)
Elton John spoke about how the big screen provided a second life for "Tiny Dancer": ["'Tiny Dancer' is one of my favorite Elton John / Bernie Taupin songs — and from one of my favorite albums, Madman Across The Water. And it was written about Bernie's first wife, Maxine. I've always played it on and off, y'know, throughout my career, and obviously with the film, Almost Famous, which Cameron Crowe made. I mean, there was this great sequence and 'Tiny Dancer' featured very heavily in it. It came as a renaissance for the song and for my music to people who hadn't really heard. . . young kids who hadn't really Elton John before."] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . Elton John before)
Sting's Police classic, "Every Breath You Take" topped the U.S. charts for eight weeks, and in 1984, snagged him the coveted Grammy for Song Of The Year. He explained that the process of songwriting today means far more than it did during his '80s hitmaking heyday: ["When I was younger and writing music, everything I did seemed to be commercial. I seemed to have my finger on the pulse and so it was easy. As I get older, I, I feel I don't have my finger on that commercial pulse — but, at the same time, I think the music means more to my soul. I make music because it's its own reward. So, it's nice to have a hit record. It's nice to get royalties and all of that stuff, but music feeds my soul and it does so increasingly."] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . does so increasingly)
The complete list of 2020 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees are:
Frampton Comes Alive!
Eat A Peach
The Allman Brothers Band
"Every Breath You Take"
"I'm A Man"
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Def Jam (1988)
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
"Pancho And Lefty"
Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Warner Bros. (1978)
"Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)"
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"
"Walkin' After Midnight"
"Devil Got My Woman"
"Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite"
Capitol Presents The King Cole Trio
The King Cole Trio
James P. Johnson
"How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live"
Blind Alfred Reed
"I'll Fly Away"
The Chuck Wagon Gang
"I'm A Man of Constant Sorrow"
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
"Oh Mary Don't You Weep"
Piano Rags by Scott Joplin
Mary Lou Williams
Sting On Songwriting Feeding His Soul :
Elton John On ‘Tiny Dancer’ And ‘Almost Famous’ :
Peter Frampton On The Enormity Of ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ :