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Better Late Than Never for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's new inductees

The Miracles and more finally are added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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The Miracles will join Smokey Robinson in the R&R Hall of Fame this year

By Phill Marder

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today, rectifying several injustices, announced that the Miracles, the Comets, the Crickets, the Midnighters, the Blue Caps and the Famous Flames finally will be inducted in a special ceremony this year as part of the 27th annual Hall of Fame inductions April 14 in Cleveland.

Smokey Robinson, lead singer of the Miracles, was inducted in 1987, but somehow his cohorts, who played a major role in the success of Robinson and the Motown empire, were ignored. Bill Haley also was inducted in 1987, but again, his band, The Comets, who played on Haley's recordings and in personal appearances, were left out.

Buddy Holly was inducted in 1986, the Hall of Fame's initial class, but the Crickets did not accompany him although they played on almost all his records and co-wrote some of them. Hank Ballard, composer of "The Twist," was inducted in 1990, but his group, The Midnighters, also was slighted though it appeared on all of Ballard's successful recordings, which were numerous.

Also to be included are James Brown's backing vocal group, The Famous Flames. Brown also was inducted in the Hall's first year, 1986. Gene Vincent, not inducted until 1998, will be joined by his backing group, the Blue Caps.

Joel Peresman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president and CEO, said in a statement, "These Inductees are pioneers in the development of the music we call rock and roll. As part of our mission to recognize the most impactful, innovative and influential artists in rock, the committee brought forth these six groups that belong in the Hall of Fame."

Unfortunately, Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band will not be among the inductees.