The Rolling Stones, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Dion and Otis Redding have been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This year, the Hall of Fame also will honor three early influences on rock 'n' roll: the blues singer Bessie Smith, the vocal quartet the Ink Spots and the gospel group the Soul Stirrers, of which the late Sam Cooke - himself an icon of soul music - was once a member.Phil Spector, who had a brief career as a performer but is more famous as a writer, producer and arranger, also is being inducted, in a non-performing category.
The announcement of the latest inductees to the rock industry's honor roll was made this week by Atlantic Records' Ahmet Ertegun, who is chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Induction ceremonies are planned in New York for Jan. 18.
More than 150 performers, producers, writers, record executives and broadcasters voted on nominees on the basis of contributions to, or influence on, the course of rock 'n' roll. All nominees released records on or before 1963.
A permanent archive and museum for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be built in Cleveland.
The Rolling Stones, the "bad boys" of the British rock invasion, started out by recording American blues and soul in the early 1960s before turning to original compositions by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
The Temptations, formed in 1961, became a top Motown Records group in the '60s, starting its long string of single and album hits.
Songwriter-singer-producer Stevie Wonder, born Steveland Morris Hardaway, was brought to Motown at 12 and billed as Little Stevie Wonder.
Dion, born Dion DiMucci, was one of the leading talents to emerge from the New York vocal harmony scene of the late '50s.
Otis Redding, who was inspired by Cooke, became one of the great singers to emerge from the Stax-Volt Studio in Memphis in the early 1960s.