Summer, who passed away at age 63 in May, gains entry after six years as a nominee. King, a deep influence on Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn who died in 1992, now takes his place along all the other legendary blues guitarists in the hall.
Public Enemy, which introduced black power rap in the late 80s, was inducted on its first ballot appearance, swelling the ranks of hip-hop entries. Leader Chuck D said the group’s induction is about more than simple membership.
“It’s a great piece of news for the genre and our intention was to spread the light that our music is as legitimate as any other music,” said the rapper as the group traveled through Wyoming on tour Monday. ” … So this is significant to be alongside Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys and just to be able to say this accomplishment, we don’t think it’s solely due to us.”
The class of 2013 will be inducted into the hall of fame April 18 in Los Angeles.