Recordings by Linda Ronstadt, A Tribe Called Quest & the Village People Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame

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Linda Ronstadt circa 1987.

Four artists who have died in the last 18 months were saluted.

Two 1987 albums by Linda Ronstadt are among the 2021 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame -- Trio, a country collab with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, and Canciones de Mi Padre, a Spanish-language album. These are Ronstadt’s second and third recordings to be inducted into the Grammy Hall. Her 1974 album Heart Like a Wheel was honored in 2018.

A total of 29 recordings were inducted, bringing the total number of recordings in the Hall to 1,142. The announcement was made on Monday (Dec. 21). The Hall was established in 1973 to honor recordings that pre-date the 1958 inception of the Grammy Awards. It is now open to any recordings, that are at least 25 years old and “exhibit qualitative or historical significance.”

Seven debut studio albums were inducted: John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers’ Blues Breakers (a 1966 collab with Eric Clapton), Bruce Springsteen’s Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973), Patti Smith’s Horses (1975), The CarsThe Cars (1978), Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s Texas Flood (1983), Beastie BoysLicensed to Ill (1986) and Pearl Jam’s Ten (1991).

Four artists who have died in the last 18 months were saluted: Dr. John (his 1973 album In the Right Place), Ric Ocasek of The Cars (their 1978 debut album), Kenny Rogers (“The Gambler”) and Betty Wright (“Clean Up Woman”).

Billie Holiday’s “Solitude” is her ninth recording to be inducted, which puts her in a tie with Ella Fitzgerald for the most entries in the Hall by a female artist. Another long-standing Hall of Fame favorite was honored again. Leonard Bernstein’s Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major (a collab with The Philharmonia Orchestra of London) is his seventh recording to be inducted.

Two decidedly populist choices were Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” (1978) and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981). “Y.M.C.A.” is the latest of several disco recordings to be inducted. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” were already honored.

USA for Africa’s “We Are the World,” which won 1985 Grammys for record and song of the year, was inducted. Three other recordings that were nominated for top-tier Grammys in their day were honored – Rogers' “The Gambler” (a 1979 record of the year nominee), Peter Gabriel’s So (a 1986 album of the year nominee) and the Ronstadt-Parton-Harris collab Trio (a 1987 album of the year nominee).

Two live albums were saluted: Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1970) and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet’s Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Live at “the Club” (1966).

Two 1991 albums were honored: Pearl Jam’s Ten and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. They are the newest recordings to be honored this year.

Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville’s “Au Clair De La Lune,” which dates to 1860, is the oldest recording ever to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Scott De Martinville, a Frenchman, invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was patented in France in 1857. Scott De Martinville died in 1879. The previous oldest recording in the Hall was Thomas Alva Edison’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1878), which was inducted in 2018.

Here’s a complete list of the 2021 Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees

"Au Clair De La Lune"
Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville
Single, 1860

Blues Breakers
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton
Album, 1966

Canciones De Mi Padre
Linda Ronstadt
Album, 1987

"Clean Up Woman"
Betty Wright
Single, 1971

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra
Single, 1924-25

"Don't Stop Believin'"
Single, 1981

"Freight Train"
Elizabeth Cotten
Single, 1958

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Bruce Springsteen
Album, 1973

Patti Smith
Album, 1975

Hot Buttered Soul
Isaac Hayes
Album, 1969

In The Right Place
Dr. John
Album, 1973

Licensed To Ill
Beastie Boys
Album, 1986

Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Joe Cocker
Album, 1970

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live At "The Club"
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Album, 1966

Ravel: Piano Concerto In G Major
Leonard Bernstein With The Philharmonia Orchestra Of London
Album, 1948

Schoenberg: The Four String Quartets
Kolisch String Quartet
Album, circa 1940

Peter Gabriel
Album, 1986

Billie Holiday
Single, 1941

Pearl Jam
Album, 1991

Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
Album, 1983

The Cars
The Cars
Album, 1978

"The Gambler"
Kenny Rogers
Single, 1978

The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest
Album, 1991

"Time Is On My Side"
Irma Thomas
Single, 1964

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris
Album, 1987

"We Are The World"
USA For Africa
Single. 1985

"When The Levee Breaks"
Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie
Single, 1929

"Wreck Of The Old 97"
Vernon Dalhart
Single, 1924

Village People
Single, 1978

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