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4 Important and Influential Rock and Roll Musicians in the Hall of Fame

Written on October 30, 2016   By   in Legends & Icons

For several decades now, we have been fortunate to have outstandingly talented musicians grace our airwaves. Even the young people of today are familiar with these 80s and 90s music icons whose songs have stood the test of time. They have loaded their phones and portable music players with songs from way before they were born, listening to them as they do their homework or start their elliptic running workout.

Below are four iconic legends in rock and roll that have contributed so much to the music industry:

James Brown

james-brownJames Brown started his musical career by joining talent show and singing competitions. Through the years, he worked as a gospel singer, lead vocalist for a rhythm and blues group, and a cappella performer. He was a member of The Famous Flames, who came out with the hits “Try Me” and “Please, Please, Please.” Among his most popular songs as a solo artist are “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Cold Sweat,” and “Night Train.” He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1986.

Elvis Presley

Recognized as one of 20th century’s most important cultural icons, Elvis Presley was a rock musician and actor who ruled the charts for many decades. His first number one album was his self-titled album, Elvis Presley, which was released in 1956 and reached the top spot not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom as well. Among his number one singles are “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956), “Jailhouse Rock” (1957), “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (1960), and “Surrender” (1961). He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Marvin Gaye

A singer, producer, and songwriter, Marvin Gaye was a 1960s Motown icon, dubbed as the Prince of Soul and Prince of Motown. His most popular songs include Let’s Get It On (1973), Sexual Healing (1982), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967), I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1967), and What’s Goin’ On (1971). He was a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, and inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Smokey Robinson

Founder of the Miracles, a Motown vocal group (1965-1972), Smokey Robinson grew up in Detroit and learned to play the piano and guitar. As the frontman of the Miracles, he released notable hits like You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, Baby Baby Don’t Cry, Going to a Go-Go, and Mickey’s Monkey. In 1973, he started his solo career and released Smokey, which included the songs Baby Come Close and Sweet Harmony. He became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1987.