The late Donna Summer, rap group Public Enemy, musician/producer Quincy Jones and bluesman Albert King are among the acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Spring.
Rock bands Rush and Heart also made the cut, while Jones and his friend Lou Adler will enter the hall as Ahmet Ertegun Award winners for their contributions to rock beyond performance
“Well, it’s about time, man,” Jones told the AP late Monday night in an interview from his home in Los Angeles. “But I promise you I’m not sitting around worrying about it.”
The 79-year-old entertainment icon’s fingerprints are all over the hall of fame. He pops up often at key moments in rock ‘n’ roll history and was even Ray Charles’ presenter during the soul singer’s induction at the inaugural 1986 ceremony. He never expected to wait so long for his own entry.
“I was pissed off about it at first because I saw how it was going down and who was going in and who wasn’t,” Jones said with a laugh. “But I’m used to it, man. I’ve been around a long time, and I know how it works, you know. It’s still an honor, man.”
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.