Records by James Brown and AC/DC are to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame collection in 2013, a program by the U.S. Recording Academy to preserve the most culturally significant music.


James Brown is shown singing with Aretha Franklin in 1987 file photo. His I Feel Good heads to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. (Associated Press)

A committee of professionals from the recording arts industry decides which records are put forward each year, with both albums and singles chosen. The recordings must be at least 25 years old and exhibit "qualitative or historical significance" according to the academy.

The late singer James Brown's 1965 single I Got You (I Feel Good), released in 1973, and Bob Dylan's 1964 track The Times They Are A-Changin’ made the cut for 2013.

AC/DC’s top selling 1980 album Back in Black joins Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run, a recording credited with kickstarting McCartney’s post-Beatles career, among the albums that will be inducted.

Whitney Houston, who died suddenly at age 48 earlier this year, is to be remembered with her self-titled 1985 debut album.

Grammy president Neil Portnow announced the 2013 inductees on Wednesday. They include:

  • Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton, Hound Dog, recorded in 1953 (three years before Elvis).
  • Billy Joel, Piano Man.
  • Ray Charles, Hit The Road Jack.
  • The Drifters, On Broadway.
  • Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um. 
  • Elton John, Elton John.
  • Broadway cast, Lost In The Stars.

A total of 933 recordings have been preserved in the Grammy Hall over the last 40 years.