American Pie Grammy Hall of Fame

February 2002 saw yet another honour conferred o­n Don McLean as his song ‘American Pie’ was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The complete list of new entries is as follows:

“Ain’t It a Shame,” Fats Domino
“Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie
“American Pie,” Don McLean
“The Battle of New Orleans,” Johnny Horton
“Billie’s Bounce,” Charlie Parker
Blood, Sweat and Tears, Blood Sweat and Tears
“Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf
“Crying,” Roy Orbison
“Do You Believe in Magic,” Loving Spoonful
“Don’t Be Cruel,” Elvis Presley
The Doors, Doors
“Duke of Earl,” Gene Chandler
“Eleanor Rigby,” Beatles
“(Get Your Kicks o­n) Route 66,” King Cole Trio
“Goodnight Irene,” Leadbelly
“The Great Pretender,” Platters
Hello, Dolly!, Original Cast Recording
Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, Vladimir Horowitz
“How High the Moon,” Ella Fitzgerald
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” Hank Williams
“Lucille,” Little Richard
Mahler: The Complete Symphonies, London Philharmonic
“Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” Marvin Gaye
Midnight Special, Leadbelly
“Misty,” Johnny Mathis
“Mr. Sandman,” Chordettes
“Mr. Tambourine Man,” Bob Dylan
“Oye Como Va,” Tito Puente
Piano Concerto No. 1: Tchaikovsky, Van Cliburn
Pinocchio, Motion Picture Soundtrack
Porgy and Bess, Original Cast Recording
Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson
“Respect Yourself,” Staple Singers
“Runaround Sue,” Dion
“Runaway,” Del Shannon
“Shotgun,” Jr. Walker and the All-Stars
“Sincerely,” Moonglows
“Society’s Child,” Janis Ian
Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
“Sonny Boy,” Al Jolson
“Spanish Harlem,” Ben E. King
Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
“Swinging o­n a Star,” Bing Crosby
“Tears of a Clown,” Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
“Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” Sons of the Pioneers
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Louis Kaufman
“Walking the Dog,” Rufus Thomas
“What Kind of Fool Am I?,” Sammy Davis Jr.
“When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Pete Seeger
“Woodchopper’s Ball,” Woody Herman
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder
“You’ve Got a Friend,” Carol King

The list includes songs such as ‘Crying’ by Roy Orbision and Carole King’s version of ‘You’ve got a friend’ (entering a year after the James Taylor classic version). Perhaps there is hope therefore that Don McLean’s ‘Crying’ and even Madonna’s ‘American Pie’ will enter the Hall of Fame in coming years. More realistically, however, there is a good chance that ‘Vincent’ and ‘And I Love You So’ will join ‘American Pie’ before too long.

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