Monday, January 08, 2007

Van Halen made a "jump" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday along with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Patti Smith.

Van Halen was the 1980s hard rock quartet led by guitarist Eddie Van Halen and outrageous lead vocalist David Lee Roth, and later rocker Sammy Hagar. They put out hits such as "Jump" and "Panama."

R.E.M. was the quintessential indie rock band until breaking through to mass success in the early 1990s with songs like "Losing My Religion." Their first single, released in 1981, was "Radio Free Europe."

Grandmaster Flash led the most innovative act in early hip-hop. 1982's "The Message" was like a letter from urban America. Their 1983 anti-cocaine polemic, "White Lines," was critically acclaimed.

Punk rock poet Patti Smith and Phil Spector favorites the Ronettes round out the 2007 class.

A panel of 600 industry experts selected the five artists, who must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years before nomination, to be inducted at the annual ceremony on March 12th in New York.

Listen to this special featuring Soon-To-Be Rock 'N Roll Hall of Famers.