AC/DC’s seminal 1980 album, “Back In Black,” is among the recordings entering the 2013 Grammy Hall Of Fame.
On Wednesday, The Recording Academy announced the newest additions to its Grammy Hall Of Fame collection. With 27 new titles, the list currently totals 933 and is on display at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.
Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2013 Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees range from AC/DC's "Back In Black" album to Frank Sinatra's recording of "Theme from New York, New York." Also added to the highly regarded list are Billy Joel's "Piano Man," Paul McCartney & Wings' album “Band On The Run”, Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack," the Drifters' "On Broadway," Charles Mingus' album “Mingus Ah Um”, and self-titled albums from Elton John and Whitney Houston. Other inductees include the Broadway cast recording of "Lost In The Stars," and recordings by James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, and Little Richard, among others.
This latest round of inducted recordings helps celebrate 40 years of highlighting diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance.
Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.
Released in 1980 following the death of Bon Scott, AC/DC’s “Back in Black” was dedicated to the band’s late singer. Brian Johnson stepped in to fill Bon’s shoes and AC/DC skyrocketed to rock superstardom with the album classic.
“Back In Black” has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, making it tied for second highest-selling album of all time (behind only Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”), the highest-selling album by a band (together with Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon”), the best-selling hard rock album of all-time, and the best-selling album ever released by an Australian musical act.
This week, AC/DC made international headlines when the band made their entire catalog available digitally for the first time exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide.
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