Rock Hall Class of 1997

Cleveland | Renaissance Cleveland Hotel | May 6, 1997 | Public Event | VH1

These artists were voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, but the induction ceremony took place in 1997. Click here for a list of artists who were first eligible in 1996 and haven't gotten in yet.

ArtistInducted ByCategory
The Bee GeesBrian WilsonPerformer
Buffalo SpringfieldTom PettyPerformer
Crosby, Stills and NashJames TaylorPerformer
The Jackson FiveDiana RossPerformer
Joni MitchellShawn ColvinPerformer
The (Young) RascalsSteve Van ZandtPerformer
Syd NathanSeymour SteinNon-Performer
Bill MonroeRicky Skaggs and Emmylou HarrisEarly Influence
Mahalia JacksonMavis StaplesEarly Influence

Nominees who didn't make the cut in 1997

These artists were officially nominated in the Performer category for induction in 1996, 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
Black Sabbath2006
The DominoesNot yet
Gene Pitney2002
Lloyd Price1998
Lynyrd Skynyrd2006
The Mamas and the Papas1998
The MetersNot yet
The Moonglows2000
Solomon Burke2001
The Stooges2010

Nominating Committee who determined the 1997 performer ballot

Frank Barsalona
Al Cafaro
Clive Davis
Anthony DeCurtis
Ahmet Ertegun
Suzan Evans, ex officio
Danny Fields
Gregg Geller
Jeff Gold
Bob Hilburn
Jimmy Iovine
Lenny Kaye
Bob Krasnow
Jon Landau
Arthur Levy
Kurt Loder
Dave Marsh
Joe McEwen
Bob Merlis
Doug Morris
Sylvia Rhone
Lisa Robinson
Tom Silverman
Joe Smith
Phil Spector
Seymour Stein
John Sykes
Al Teller
Jerry Wexler
Noreen Woods


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