For the last four weeks, NPR's David C. Barnett has been showcasing a different inductee from this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class on Morning Edition. This week's segment spotlights Neil Diamond.
On the last day of the Rock Hall's From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen exhibit run, Bruce himself paid a surprise visit to the Museum to see the exhibit in its final hours and meet and greet with fans on February 27, 2011.
Click the slideshow below for this behind-the-scenes tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with Bruce Springsteen!
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It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since John Lennon was assassinated outside of his apartment in New York City. At the time, I was running Rolling Stone magazine’s bureau in Los Angeles. I had just gotten into my car to drive home from work when a news bulletin came on the radio stating that John Lennon had been murdered. How could this happen? The world was shocked. We simply could not believe what we were hearing on the news. Here was a man who worked so hard to bring peace and love to the world, and someone kills him. We immediately dropped what we were doing at Rolling Stone, so we could put together a special issue about John. In the years since, I have been fortunate to get to know Yoko Ono, and she has been very generous to the Hall of Fame. In 2000, we did a major exhibit about John here at the Museum. Then, when we had our Hall of Fame Annex in New York, we did a big exhibit about John’s years in New York. We also have several of John’s things – his Sgt. Pepper uniform, lyric ...
Twenty-two years ago, December 6, 1988, rock and roll legend Roy Orbison passed away from a heart attack. Orbison was then at the height of his career with two albums in Billboard’s Top 5, Mystery Girl and The Travelling Wilburys. He left behind one of history’s greatest musical legacies.
Since his untimely passing, not a day goes by without a glimpse of Roy Orbison’s lasting influence, from his iconic sunglasses to his romantic, unforgettable voice singing some of rock and roll’s most famous songs. The lyrics he wrote echo what millions have felt. What would the world be like without “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” “In Dreams,” “Blue Bayou,” and “You Got It”?
Please join us at RoyOrbison.com or at Roy’s Facebook Page to celebrate the life of this great singer, songwriter, musician, husband, father, and friend. Please leave your favorite Roy Orbison memory, story, or photo in our forum. The 10 best fan submissions will be chosen and displayed on the front page of RoyOrbison.com. Winning fans will also receive exclusive items from the Roy Orbison Store.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clem Burke of Blondie toured the Museum today!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Solomon Burke was called the “king of rock and soul” only a few years into his career, and decades later his title remains unquestionably valid. A true musical pioneer, his voice was one that brought what we now call rock and roll to the masses, bridging the gap between races, musical genres and even geography. It’s with deep sadness that we now mourn his loss, but his musical legacy will never be forgotten in shaping American history and influencing generations to come.
Related: Solomon Burke: biography, timeline, song clips and photos
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum would like to congratulate 2000 inductee Bonnie Raitt on her induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Though Bonnie may be best-known for her more mainstream, commercially successful albums like Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, her music has always been rooted in the blues, and she has been a fervent supporter of the blues. When she began her career in Boston in the late Sixties, she appeared with Howlin’ Wolf, Sippie Wallace and Mississippi Fred McDowell, among others. In the years since, she has played guitar alongside such blues greats as B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. In 1990, Bonnie and John Lee Hooker shared the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording for their work on the song “In the Mood” from Hooker’s album The Healer. And in 2000, she took part in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s American Music Masters tribute to Muddy Waters. Bonnie also co-founded the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and she has gone out of her way to help struggling blues artists with financial assistance and other forms of support. The Blues Hall of ...