Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lifts velvet rope for 2008 inductees

The third nomination proved to be the charm for John Mellencamp and The Dave Clark Five.

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With the 1966 release of In My Life by Judy Collins, containing Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” and “Dress Rehearsal Rag,” Cohen became a folk rock icon of the singer songwriter movement.

An acclaimed poet and novelist in his native Canada, Cohen moved to New York in 1967 and released his classic album Songs of Leonard Cohen on Columbia Records. Cohen’s elegiac work is widely used in film and covered by artists from Jeff Buckley to Bono to Bob Dylan to R.E.M.  

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One of the most successful British Invasion bands of the ‘60s, The Dave Clark Five — Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith — topped the U.K. charts in 1965 with the iconic pop song “Glad All Over.”

The group’s slick melodic sensibility masked their boom factor: The DC5 were the loudest group in the U.K. until The Who. In just three years, The Dave Clark Five hit the Top 40 charts 17 times and logged more appearances on the Ed Sullivan show than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

The group, which disbanded in 1970, has sold more than 50 million records.

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Madonna Louise Ciccone signed with Sire Records in 1982 and became one of MTV’s first stars.

Armed with corsets and cone-shaped bras, a racy sex book, controversial videos and the ability to reinvent herself at the drop of a hat, Madonna has simultaneously captivated fans, freaked out parents, drawn ire from religious leaders and alienated a corporate suitor during her decades in the limelight.

In the ‘80s alone, she racked up seven #1 hits (starting with “Like a Virgin”), as well three #1 albums and 17 Top 10 hits, more than any other woman that decade.

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He’s changed his name a few times along the way, but John Mellencamp’s musical message never has wavered.

With hits like “Pink Houses,” “Hurts So Good”and “I Need a Lover,” Mellencamp’s music has become the soundtrack for the hopes, st

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