Other Hall inductees

January 12, 1995|By J.D. Considine

These are the other acts being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction dinner takes place this evening at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York but is not being televised.

* The Allman Brothers. Formed in Macon, Ga., in 1968, the Allmans mixed down-home blues and gospel with British Invasion rock and psychedelic-era jamming. Their sound laid the foundations for Southern boogie.

* Led Zeppelin. Although Led Zeppelin is synonymous with heavy rock, this English quartet drew on everything from Celtic folk and blues rock to Egyptian pop and samba drumming. One of the most popular touring acts of all time, Led Zeppelin dissolved after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980.

* Al Green. A remarkably influential stylist, Green was the first soul singer to convey gospel-schooled intensity through restraint and understatement. He dominated the pop and R&B charts in the '70s with hits like "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still In Love with You," but later turned to gospel music.

* Martha and the Vandellas. One of the few Motown acts capable of matching the gritty intensity of Southern soul singers, Martha and the Vandellas will forever be remembered for such epochal hits as "Dancing In the Streets" and "(Love Is Like a) Heatwave."

* Neil Young. As a songwriter, he is second only to Bob Dylan in terms of influence and impact. As a performer, Young has done a bit of everything: folk rock, country rock, hard rock, blues, rockabilly, even electronic music and punk. Though he occasionally baffles fans, Young continues to be one of rock's most visionary performers.

* Janis Joplin. Among the first rock singers to stress the importance of early blues artists, this Bessie Smith acolyte turned the rock world on its ear with her incendiary performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. A legendarily outrageous performer, she died in 1970.

* Frank Zappa. Few rock musicians have ever matched the range and intelligence of this Baltimore-born guitarist and composer. Although Zappa, who died last year of prostate cancer, was probably best-known for humorous work like the hit "Valley Girl," his output included everything from doo-wop to avant garde orchestral compositions.

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