By Randall Roberts
Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
1:03 PM CST, November 21, 2012
The Recording Academy has announced its annual list of works to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and they include recordings by Big Mama Thornton, Buck Owens, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Whitney Houston and 22 others. As explained in the Academy's announcement, the honor is bestowed as a way of "highlighting diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance."
The 27 new titles bring the total number of recordings in the Hall's collection to 933, and they include Bakersfield country ("Act Naturally," Buck Owens), stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor's "That ------'s Crazy"), Folk (Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a Changin'") and Australian hard rock (AC/DC's "Back in Black" album) along with the self-titled debut albums by Elton John and Whitney Houston.
Also included are historical gems such as the rural stomp of the Memphis Jug Band's "Stealin' Stealin'," the original version of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller's "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton, and recordings by Louis Jordan, Carlos Gardel, "Pop Stoneman" (a 1924 country song called "The Titanic") and Frank Sinatra ("Theme from 'New York, New York'").
See the entire list of inductees below.
"AIN'T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS"
Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five
"ALLONS À LAFAYETTE (LAFAYETTE)"
BACK IN BLACK
BAND ON THE RUN
Paul McCartney & Wings
Library of Congress (1937)
Lennie Tristano Sextet
"EL DÍA QUE ME QUIERAS"
Uni Records (1970)
FOGGY MOUNTAIN BANJO
Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs And The
Foggy Mountain Boys
HERE'S LITTLE RICHARD
"HIT THE ROAD JACK"
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
"I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)"
JOHN COLTRANE AND JOHNNY HARTMAN
John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman
LOST IN THE STARS
Original Broadway Cast
MINGUS AH UM
"MY BLACK MAMA [PARTS 1 & 2]"
Francis Craig And His Orchestra
Memphis Jug Band
THAT ------'S CRAZY
"THEME FROM 'NEW YORK, NEW YORK'"
"THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'"
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman
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