'99 inductees include Mayfield, Sabbath, Joel
Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel are among the recording artists nominated for induction into the 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also included on the list were Curtis Mayfield, Black Sabbath and ’40s doo-wop groups the Flamingos and the Moonglows, according to Hall execs Tuesday.
The Staples Singers, Dusty Springfield, Darlene Love, Del Shanon and Steely Dan were also among the artists who met the eligibility requirement of having released their first record 25 years ago. Ritchie Valens, Gene Pitney and Solomon Burke round out the list.
The artists who are selected for induction in November will be feted during the org’s January dinner gala.
The nod for Springsteen is particularly timely as Columbia Records is set to bow a comprehensive boxed set of the singer’s works and embark on a massive marketing campaign to herald its arrival.
But the Boss will nab the nomination as a solo act and without his well-known sidemen the E-Street Band because Springsteen’s industry bow “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” was recorded without the band.
McCartney will also get the nod as a soloist as he was inducted into the hall in 1988 as a member of the Beatles.
Joel, who had been on the nomination ballot last year but failed to get inducted, released his first album, “Cold Spring Harbor,” in 1972.
Nominees for the induction ballot were selected by a 31-member committee, which was this year headed by Seymour Stein, prexy and CEO of Sire Records Group and Jon Landau, longtime Springsteen manager.
The annual induction process is overseen by the New York-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, which mails ballots to an influential group of more than 800 artists, producers, broadcasters, writers and music industry execs who vote on the year’s inductees. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is located in Cleveland.