[artist id="932"]LL Cool J[/artist], the [artist id="1012"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/artist] and [artist id="992"]Kiss[/artist] lead the list of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010.
The nominees also include such first-timers as long-running rock act Genesis, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, early rock band the Hollies and singer/songwriter Laura Nyro. According to a press release from the Rock Hall, the 12-member nominee class has some repeat offenders as well, including disco diva Donna Summer, girl-group icons Darlene Love and the Chantels, 1970s pop superstars ABBA and punk godfathers the Stooges (hoping the eighth time will be the charm).
After last year’s ceremony returned to the Cleveland site of the Hall for the first time in 12 years to mark the induction of Metallica, Run-DMC and Jeff Beck, the 25th annual event will take place on March 15, 2010, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Ballots will be sent out to the 500 Hall of Fame voting committee members soon, with five performer inductees to be announced in January.
To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an act must have released its first single or album 25 years before the nomination.
Funk-punk lifers the Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in Los Angeles in 1983 and released their self-titled debut the next year. Formed around the core of hyperkinetic singer Anthony Kiedis, high-energy bassist Flea, late guitarist Hillel Slovak and former drummer Jack Irons, the band made a name for itself with a spastic combo of funk, punk, hard rock and hip-hop, graduating from an underground fanbase to worldwide stardom and Grammy-winning albums thanks to such landmark tracks as “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge” and “Scar Tissue.”
Rapper LL Cool J busted onto the New York scene at the ripe age of 17 with the bombastic 1985 album Radio, which featured the singles “Rock the Bells” and “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and served not just as his debut, but as the first album from the Def Jam record label. The internationally known rapper/actor has since produced a string of hit albums, which include songs that run the gamut from loverman caresses (“I Need Love”) to trunk funk (“Going Back to Cali”), bare-knuckle takedowns (“Mama Said Knock You Out”) and sexy come-ons (“Doin’ It”).
One of the best-selling acts in pop history, Swedish quartet ABBA (Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog) ruled the charts from 1972 to 1982 with a string of titanic disco-pop hits that have spawned a legion of radio staples, cover groups and a hit musical/movie adaptation, “Mamma Mia.” Among their best-known songs are “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Ring Ring,” “Honey, Honey” and “Fernando.”
Though known almost as much for their explosive, special-effects-heavy live shows and copious merchandising than their glammy hard-rock hits, Kiss are one of the most beloved rock bands of the 1970s and ’80s. With a fierce fanbase, the Kiss Army, the makeup-sporting group has sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide since forming in 1971. Their classics include such fist-pumpers as “Rock and Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun” and the disco-tinged “I Was Made for Lovin’ You.”
One of the most distinctive voices in girl-group history, Darlene Love began her career as a member of the California group the Blossoms in 1962, later working with famed “Wall of Sound” producer Phil Spector and singing backup for such legends as Sam Cooke. Recording for Spector under various group names (the Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans) as well as her own name, Love scored a series of hits with the songs “He’s a Rebel,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry” and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
“The Queen of Disco” Donna Summer earned her title in 1975 with the orgasmic hit “Love to Love You Baby,” one of her many iconic collaborations with German producer Giorgio Moroder. Summer pumped out the hits “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girl,” breaking chart records for her string of #1 albums.
After starting out in 1967 as an arty prog-rock band fronted by Peter Gabriel, long-running British rock act Genesis went on to pop superstardom in the 1980s and have sold more than 150 million albums to date. After Gabriel’s departure in 1975, the group moved from high-art concept albums to a more radio-friendly sound that spawned a string of 1980s hits such as “Misunderstanding,” “Turn It on Again,” “No Reply at All,” “That’s All” and “Invisible Touch,” all sung by drummer and leader Phil Collins.
Jimmy Cliff has been one of the most indelible voices in reggae for more than 40 years. Along with the late Bob Marley, Cliff is credited with helping to bring reggae to the masses thanks to his starring role in the 1972 movie “The Harder They Come.” Such frequently covered songs as “Trapped,” “You Can Get It if You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” “The Harder They Come” and “Sitting in Limbo” have earned him a spot in the genre’s pantheon of greats.
Late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro was just 19 when she recorded her debut in 1966, the same year folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song, “And When I Die.” The fragile singer with an eclectic style that touched on pop, jazz and R&B wrote a string of songs that became hits for other acts, including “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Sweet Blindness,” “Wedding Bell Blues” and “Blowin’ Away.” She also scored her own hit with Carole King’s “Up on the Roof.”
The Chantels first got together in the late 1950s in the Bronx, scoring their first hit in 1957 with “He’s Gone,” and following it up with the songs “Maybe” and “Look in My Eyes,” serving as a template for later success by girl groups such as the Shirelles and the Supremes. English rock group the Hollies made a name with their crystal-clear three-part harmonies and had a massive string of hits in the early 1960s with the songs “Look Through Any Window,” “Bus Stop,” “If I Needed Someone,” “Stop! Stop! Stop!” and “On a Carousel” before the departure of group co-founder Graham Nash in 1968.
Considered the godfathers of punk rock, the Stooges formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, fronted by rock-and-roll madman Iggy Pop, who put the group on the map with his outrageous stage antics, which included smearing himself with peanut butter and rolling on broken glass. Their iconic songs include “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “No Fun” and “T.V. Eye.”