Rock Hall announces Class of 2013 inductees

Congratulations to Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Rush, all of whom will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rock and Roll Hall of FameQuincy Jones and Lou Adler will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Click here to read biographies about this year’s class members (and all of the nominees).

The other acts that were under consideration this year were Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, N.W.A. and Procol Harum.

The induction ceremony will be held April 18, 2013, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The last time the event was held on the West Coast was in 1993.The event is open to the public; tickets go on sale Jan. 25, 2013.

The ceremony will be broadcast at 9 p.m. May 18, 2013, on HBO, according to a news release from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Goldmine’s Spring Special Issue in honor of the Class of 2013 inductees will be published in March 2013.

Biographies for Ertegun honorees Jones and Adler were released by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and appear below.

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones was born in Chicago on March 14, 1933. He began his career as a trumpet player, performing with Lionel Hampton. While on the road with Hampton, Jones began showing talent as a song arranger.

He wound up working as an arranger for several artists, including Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Tommy Dorsey. During the mid-Fifties, Jones served as musical director for Dizzy Gillespie. He also began recording with his own band. Later in the Fifties and into the Sixties, he began working on recording sessions by several singers, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Brook Benton, Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles. By this point, Jones had become a major force in American popular music. Over the years, he has written nearly 40 major-motion-picture scores, including “The Pawnbroker”  (1965), “In Cold Blood” (1967) and “In The Heat of The Night” (1967). He has also composed music for hundreds of television shows, including the long-running series “Ironside” and “Sanford And Son.”

Jones continued arranging and producing records throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, working with such artists as Leslie Gore, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, the Brothers Johnson and others. His credits with Jackson include “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.”

In 1985, Jones convinced most of the major American recording artists of the day to record the song “We Are the World” to raise money for the victims of Ethiopia’s famine. In 1990 the film documentary “Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones” was released, and in 2001, his autobiography, “Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones,” was published. Now 79 years old, Jones continues to work and make frequent appearances on TV shows and in documentaries about popular music.

Lou Adler

After moving to Los Angeles as a child, Lou Adler began his career as co-manager, with Herb Alpert, of the California surf group Jan and Dean. He and Alpert then formed a songwriting partnership, and, under the name “Barbara Campbell,” they wrote the song “Only Sixteen,” which became a hit for Sam Cooke in 1959. Then, while working the Colpix and Dimension record labels, Adler came into contact with several staff songwriters, including Carole King, Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan. The latter two formed a songwriting partnership and began working with Adler’s publishing company, Trousdale.

In 1964, Adler founded Dunhill Records. Utilizing his songwriting team of Barri and Sloan, Dunhill scored a major hit with Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” which reached No. 1 in 1965. He then signed The Mamas and The Papas, and they scored six Top Five hits in 1966 and 1967, including “California Dreamin’.” After selling Dunhill to ABC Records, Adler formed a new label, Ode Records. The company had a mammoth international hit with Scott McKenzie’s summer-of-love anthem “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair).” That same year, 1967, Adler was one of the producers of the Monterey International Pop Festival. He also was one of the producers of the film version, Monterey Pop. Adler went on to sign Spirit, Cheech and Chong and Carole King to Ode.

In 1971, King’s Adler-produced album Tapestry became one of the decade’s biggest-selling albums, and Adler won Grammys for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Though Adler went on to produce several more of King’s albums, he began focusing more of his attention on movies. In 1975, he produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show and, in 1981, its follow-up, Shock Treatment. In 1978, he directed Cheech and Chong’s film “Up in Smoke.” Adler has lessened his involvement with the music world in the last several years, though he still owns the Roxy Theatre, a key Los Angeles music venue. And his impact, particularly on the development of West Coast rock, is undeniable.

One thought on “Rock Hall announces Class of 2013 inductees

  1. Amazed that Deep Purple didn’t make it, however, this is the same Hall of Fame that continues to snub The Moody Blues, Grand Funk, Jethro Tull, Three Dog Night and on and on…..

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