Covers the 2007 RRHOF Induction Ceremony in NYC
partner and OhioFUNK writer Jack Marchbanks had a front row
seat in the press room at the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony, held March 12, 2007, at New York City's
Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
reported that Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones conveyed
charm and sincerity in his induction speech honoring 2007
RRHOF Inductees, the Ronettes. Ronnie Spector, her sister,
Estelle Bennett and her cousin, Nedra Talley were fetching
and in full voice, as they sang a medley of their hits.
The 2007 RRHOF Ceremony will be remembered for the induction
of the very first "Hip Hop/Rap" artists into the Hall. Grandmaster
Flash and the Furious Five, best known for their stark, powerful
observations of Black urban economic, educational and social
woes in their song, "The Message," were inducted by "Hip Hop-entreneur,"
school DJ and MCs performed without one of the Five, "Cowboy,"
who passed away before the group learned of its 2007 honor.
Pioneering turntablist Grandmaster Flash and the four remaining
members of the Furious Five, Melle Mel, Kid Creole, Scorpio
and Raheim rapped with ferocity. During their performance,
a white Stetson hat covered the head of a dead microphone
in the middle of the stage- - -in honor of Cowboy.
that evening, in the press room, Marchbanks asked Kid Creole
who he thought would be the NEXT hip hop artist to be inducted.
Creole (aka Daniel Glover) demurred. "That's up to the Rock
Hall's board," he said.
out our Celebrity Photo Gallery from the event.