Sources: Cleveland.com | All Things Michael
Inductees: The Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Jackson 5; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; the (Young) Rascals; Mahalia Jackson; Bill Monroe; Sydney Nathan
Argue if you want about disco, but there’s not doubt The Bee Gees were part of class in 1997. The event featured some of the best performers/songwriters of all time. It was also an interesting year for Stephen Stills, who pulled double duty. He was inducted with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Inductees: Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, the Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens, James Burton, Johnnie Johnson, Chris Blackwell
If you removed the biggest act from the 2001 class, you’d still have one heck of an inductees list focused on acts like Aerosmith, Queen and Paul Simon. Just consider Michael Jackson, the biggest pop star of all time, the cherry on top.
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