“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”:http://www.rockhall.com/induction2009/ will add five performers to its hallowed Cleveland, Ohio museum and rock haven this year, including metal stalwarts Metallica, rap pioneers Run DMC, and guitar wiz Jeff Beck. The inductees are voted by more than 600 members of the hall’s foundation, with the main requirement being that performers have a recording career dating back at least 25 years. Yes, Metallica has been around that long. And they’re still going strong — they’re currently touring behind their latest release, “Death Magnetic.”:http://www.amazon.com/Death-Magnetic-Metallica/dp/B00192KCQ0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1231967339&sr=1
Also on the list for this year’s April 4 ceremonies are Little Anthony and the Imperials, the legendary doo-wop group headed by “Little Anthony” Gourdine whose hits included “Tears on my Pillow” and “Goin’ out of my Head.” Rounding out the list is Bobby Womack, a legendary songwriter and performer whose career began as a musician and songwriter for the likes of Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett. Womack went on to success as an individual performer.
Personally, I’m glad to finally see Jeff Beck get in. The onetime Yardbird made a splash as a solo artist during my teen years with “Blow by Blow”:http://www.amazon.com/Blow-Jeff-Beck/dp/B00005AREQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1231967809&sr=1-4 and “Wired,”:http://www.amazon.com/Wired-Jeff-Beck/dp/B00005AREP/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1231967809&sr=1-3 which wowed us with a unique blend of jazz, blues and rock. Beck was one of a handful of rock guitarists who finger-picked the strings rather than use a guitar pick, which can add depth to the sound. Others on that list include the Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Mark Knopfler, Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac and, more recently, John Mayer.
Check out Beck doing it on this live clip. He’s got the yellow Strat.