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Freddy Fender, Gene Autry Recordings Among 2012 GRAMMY Hall of Fame Inductees

Freddy Fender

Freddy Fender

The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to the GRAMMY Hall of Fame collection. The 2012 class highlights diversity and musical excellence and includes both singles and albums. Among the  new inductees are Gene Autry’s “Deep In The Heart of Texas,” Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Jamboree.

To be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, recordings must be at least 25 years hold and exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed by a committee comprised of professionals from all branches of the music industry before final approval is granted by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With the latest addition of new titles, there are now 906 recordings in the Hall of Fame, which is displayed at the GRAMMY Museum.

“The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, said. “We are especially honored to welcome this year’s selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings.”

Other 2012 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees include Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” the Rolling StonesExile On Main St., Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s “The Message,” Bill Cosby’s I Started Out As A Child, the Original Broadway Cast recording of “St. Louis Woman,” and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

Others inductees include the entire Anthology Of American Folk Music and works by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Doris Day, the Serge Koussevitzky-conducted Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Panchos, Santana, Bukka White, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66,  Leroy Carr, and Paul Simon among others.

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