The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has inducted blues and jazz numbers, big-band music and Broadway musicals into its Hall of Fame for this year.
The academy, which also bestows the annual Grammy Awards, has selected pre-1958 musical pieces for its Hall of Fame since 1974. The Grammys were first awarded in 1958.This year's Hall of Fame recordings are "Call It Stormy Monday," "Misty," "Moonlight Serenade," "Show Boat" and the original cast album of "West Side Story."
"Call It Stormy Monday" is a blues piece recorded in 1947 by Aaron T-Bone Walker, who died in 1975. He helped develop the modern blues sound with his electric guitar style.
"Misty" was recorded by pianist Erroll Garner in 1954 and is his most famous composition. Garner, a self-taught musician, died in 1977.
"Moonlight Serenade" was the late Glen Miller's theme song and is the second of his works to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "In the Mood" was inducted in 1983. Miller recorded "Moonlight Serenade," which helped his band to a top spot among American dance bands, in 1939.
"Show Boat," recorded by Jerome Kern in 1932, was the first album of show music recorded in the United States. The voices of Paul Robeson and Helen Morgan are among those on the album.
The original cast album of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" was produced and released in 1957. It featured Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert.
The recordings were chosen by the academy's 100-member Elections Committee, which considers recommendations from the academy's 8,000 members.