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Parton, Kristofferson recordings join GRAMMY hall

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson are among the artists named by The Recording Academy today to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.

This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight 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 member committee comprised of professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. With 27 new titles, the list currently totals 960.

"Spanning the 1930s to the 1980s, this year's GRAMMY Hall Of Fame entries represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog - knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history."

Parton will make the hall with Jolene, while Kristofferson will join for his self-titled debut. Others joining are the Mary Poppins Original Cast Sound Track album, Sugarhill Gang's early rap hit Rapper's Delight, The Drifters' Under The Boardwalk, B.B. King's 3 O'Clock Blues, the Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Women and U2's album "The Joshua Tree." Other inductees include the original soundtrack from "Woodstock" and recordings by James Brown, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Run-D.M.C., B.J. Thomas, and Neil Young.

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