Recently, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony. As expected, it was Rock-Star-studded. There were phenomenal tribute performances from music artists such as Lauryn Hill, the Killers, and even an overdue reunion by 2018 inductees, The Cars. There were also appearances from stars such as Mary J. Blige and the ever controversial Howard Stone. Recognition was given to performers that we have lost recently as well, which drew emotions from the crowd.
It was a great show. Below are the 2018 inductees. Congratulations to them all!
Bon Jovi is probably the most well-known group on the list. The American rock-band was started in 1983 and between 21 albums, they have sold more than 100 million records. They are one of the most successful groups of all-time. They have too many hits to name, but my personal favorite is “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
Formed in the 1970s, The Cars are another successful rock-group, with 23 million in album sales in the US. Their hits include “Dangerous Type” and “Drive”.
Crossing over to the US post-British Invasion era, Dire Straits were also inducted into the hall of fame. They are a British group formed in 1977, with over 100 million records sold. Top hits include “Down to the Waterline” and “Tunnel of Love”.
The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues were a part of music’s British invasion. They were formed in 1964 and have 18 platinum and gold albums. Their hits include “Nights in White Satin” and “Ride My See-saw”.
Singer, song writer, producer, pianist, and civil rights activist, Nina Simone is one of the most celebrated musicians of all time. Although Simone may not have had the sells of her counterparts, she certainly has the impact. Her hits include “Feeling Good” and my personal favorite, “I Put a Spell on You”.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Known as the “original soul sister” and “godmother of rock and roll”, Tharpe received the award for Early Influence. She began her career in the late 1930s, singing rock, blues, gospel, and other genres of music. Her top songs include “Strange Things Happening Every Day” and “Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air”.