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article imageNeil Diamond, Alice Cooper inductees Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 18, 2010 in Entertainment
Cleveland - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced the Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits as its 2011 performer inductees. The organization recognizes legends in the music industry from songwriters to soundmen.
Musician Neil Diamond has been eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for many years, and after a few nominations he finally received the prestigious honor from the Cleveland, Ohio based music foundation.
Diamond’s half-century as a prolific singer, songwriter and recording artist (nearly four decades on Columbia Records) is one of the eternal verities of American popular music, said the Rock and Hall of Fame. With hits that include 'Sweet Caroline,' "Cracklin' Rosie," "Solitary Man," "I'm a Believer" and "Kentucky Woman" to his credit, Diamond continues to be a world-class, top-grossing concert entertainer at the young age of 69.
Alice Cooper, a heavy metal rocker best known for his dark horror themes, said his band, the Alice Cooper Band, was responsible for bringing show business into rock `n' roll, said CNS news.
Alice Cooper  American rock singer. Taken at the 2007 Scream Awards.
Alice Cooper, American rock singer. Taken at the 2007 Scream Awards.
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"There was no spectacle in rock `n' roll, and I think what we did was we kind of brought theater to rock `n' roll," said Cooper, known for a goth look, heavy eyeliner and black shaggy hair. "It was sort of Cirque du Soleil before Cirque du Soleil," he said in an interview with CNS. " It was kind of a weird vaudeville that we did. But it all connected back to the lyrics. If we do a 10-hour rehearsal back then, nine hours was on the music, and one hour was on the theatrics."
The Alice Cooper Band will be also be inducted in the 2011 ceremonies. They are credited with hits that include "Eighteen," "School's Out," and "No More Mister Nice Guy."
New Orleans’ own Dr. John has been recording for more than 50 years. He is steeped in the rhythms and traditions of the city, and has spent his career championing its music. Born Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, he learned piano and guitar as a child. Schooled by Crescent City legends like Walter “Papoose” Nelson, James Booker and Cosimo Matassa, Rebennack began recording in 1957; between 1956-1963, more than 50 of his songs were recorded in New Orleans, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Darlene Love, another of the 2011 Inductees, joined the popular girl group the Blossoms as their first lead singer in 1958. Darlene’s own 1963 hits – “(Today I Met ) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry,” “Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home,” “A Fine Fine Boy,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – made her a household name.
Love said she thought two of her biggest boosters for the hall -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Stevie Van Zandt -- would likely do the honors of presenting her award at the induction ceremony in New York City.
Neil Diamond performs in sold out concerts in 2007.
Neil Diamond performs in sold out concerts in 2007.
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Tom Waits, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, music mixes Chicago blues, parlor ballads, beat poetry, pulp-fiction parlance and – when you least expect it – heart-breaking tenderness, said the rock foundation.
A tribute to his great influence is how many of his songs have been recorded by artists who usually write their own – including Bruce Springsteen (“Jersey Girl”), Tim Buckley (“Martha”), Johnny Cash (“Down There by the Train”), Bob Seger (“16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six”), T-Bone Burnett (“Time”), Tori Amos (“Time”), Steve Earle (“Way Down In the Hole”), Elvis Costello (“Innocent When You Dream”) and Rod Stewart (“Downtown Train”).
Rounding out the 2011 inductees in the non-performer catagory are Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, Art Rupe, the genius behind Specialty Records and 'Sideman' Leon Russell, the Musical Excellence Award Recipient, who has been called a rock and roll renaissance man for his work as one of the best known session musicians of his time.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established over 25 years ago by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records, and a group of music business executives to honor the artists that were instrumental in the evolution, development and perpetuation of the rock and roll music industry.
The 2011 induction ceremony will take place in New York City March 14 and is expected to be televised by Fuse.
"This is going to be a helluva jam session," said Darlene Love about the upcoming festivities.
The excitement of being included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have to wait for some: Bon Jovi, nominated for the first time, was turned away from the hall when the final votes were counted, as was LL Cool J, the J. Geils Band, the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer and more.
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