The Recording Academy has decided Kris Kristofferson’s album “Kristofferson” and Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene” are important enough to be saved forever. Those works are among several that will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which preserves recordings of qualitative or historical significance.
Among the albums that will be preserved include “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang, the soundtrack to the “Woodstock” movie, U2′s “The Joshua Tree, “Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush,” George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” and Chicago’s “Chicago Transit Authority.”
Singles that will be preserved include Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World,” the Run-DMC version of “Walk This Way,” The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk,” War’s “Low Rider” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” by B.J. Thomas.
Celebrating the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame’s 40th Anniversary, The Recording Academy has partnered with FX Marketing Group to publish a 150-plus-page collector’s edition book. GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition features in-depth insight into many of the recordings and artists represented in the Hall. Legendary artists provide exclusive firsthand accounts of the making of their GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted recordings, including Mel Brooks, Herbie Hancock, Loretta Lynn, the Mamas And The Papas’ Michelle Phillips, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, the Who’s Pete Townshend, and Bill Withers, among others. The full-color book also highlights the legacy of the Beatles, the group with the most titles inducted into the Hall. The book is available online at the official GRAMMY store, and is sold in Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart stores as well as on newsstands nationwide and at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles.
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