Rock Hall Class of 1988

New York | Waldorf Astoria Hotel | January 20, 1988 | Private Event | not televised

These artists were voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, but the induction ceremony took place in 1988. Click here for a list of artists who were first eligible in 1987 and haven't gotten in yet.

ArtistInducted ByCategory
The Beach BoysElton JohnPerformer
The BeatlesMick JaggerPerformer
Bob DylanBruce SpringsteenPerformer
The DriftersBilly JoelPerformer
The SupremesLittle RichardPerformer
Berry Gordy, Jr.Ahmet ErtegunNon-Performer
Lead BellyPete SeegerEarly Influence
Les PaulJeff BeckEarly Influence
Woody GuthrieNeil YoungEarly Influence

Nominees who didn't make the cut in 1988

These artists were officially nominated in the Performer category for induction in 1987, but didn't receive enough votes from the "international voting body of rock experts" to get in that year. Nearly 70% of rejected artists eventually get inducted in a later year.

ArtistEventually Inducted In
Ben E. KingNot yet
Bobby "Blue" Bland1992
Bobby Darin1990
Booker T. and the M.G.'s1992
Chuck WillisNot yet
Del Shannon1999
Duane Eddy1994
The Four Seasons1990
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers1993
Gene Vincent1998
Hank Ballard1990
Jimmy Reed1991
King Curtis2000
LaVern Baker1991
Little Willie John1996
Lloyd Price1998
The Platters1990
Ruth Brown1993

Nominating Committee who determined the 1988 performer ballot

Seymour Stein, chairman
Bob Altshuler
Ahmet Ertegun
Nesuhi Ertegun
Suzan Evans, ex officio
Bill Graham
Bob Hilburn
Lenny Kaye
Bob Krasnow
Jon Landau
Kurt Loder
Bruce Lundvall
Scott Muni
Norm N. Nite
Bob Porter
Jann Wenner
Jerry Wexler


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