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June 4, 2004

Billboard

The Beatles, the O'Jays, the Jordanaires and 14 other groups will be inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame's class of 2004. This group, representing the seventh annual Hall induction, features a cross-section of the most popular and influential vocal duos, trios, quartets and quintets in popular music history. The Beatles' opening act for their famed Shea Stadium concert, the Ronettes, are also among those entering the Vocal Hall, along with the Everly Brothers, a duo whose tight harmonies were cited as one of the Beatles' early influences. The Jordanaires, who backed Elvis Presley on many of his hits as well as on Jim Reeves' classic "Four Walls," will also join the class. Other new inductions include country supergroup Alabama, rock act the Doobie Brothers and soul combo the Stylistics.

"I'm particularly excited about this year's inductees," says Vocal Hall CEO Bob Crosby. "It continues to broaden the spectrum of inducted vocal groups in all genres -- Alabama and the Doobie Brothers are a good example of how vocal group harmony extends beyond the doo-wop and Motown groups." In an extremely close vote, the pre-1940's "Pioneer Award" will be given to the American Quartet, a group from the era of cylinder recordings whose members included first tenor John Bieling, second tenor Billy Murray, baritone Steve Porter, and William F. Hooley on bass vocals.

Further inductees include Motown girl group the Marvelettes; the Tokens, famed for their hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"; the Four Tunes; the Cadillacs, the Crests of "Sixteen Candles" fame; the Dells; the Penguins, whose song "Earth Angel" is an oldies staple; and the Diamonds. The induction ceremony and celebratory concert will be held in September.

Posted by acapnews at June 4, 2004 9:50 PM

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