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Enteje Covers the 2007 RRHOF Induction Ceremony in NYC

Enteje 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.

Marchbanks 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," Jay Z.

The old 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.

Earlier 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.

Check out our Celebrity Photo Gallery from the event.

 

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