On this day in 1986 the first members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were inducted. To celebrate we are giving you a short list of some of the inductees over the years. So come together, right now, over this gallery.
By the time that James Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986, he had been performing for over 30 years. So many years of doing the splits on stage that his groin had to have PTSD.
Bob Dylan, or Robert Zimmerman to his friends, made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. By that time he had covered all of the musical genres, all with a guitar, harmonica and The Band.
The class of 1992 had quite a few talented musicians, and Johnny Cash was one of them. From a career of singing about corrections facilities came a very successful artist.
David Bowie made it into the Hall in 1996. He was a hero, just for that day. He hadn’t just fallen to Earth, he had been making and producing music since 1968.
Queen was/is one of the most influential bands of their era and they were recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. They were guaranteed to blow your mind.
The Sex Pistols, class of 2006, were a band from the dirty streets of London. They started their career in 1975 with a cast of miscreants, it just so happened that those miscreants were very talented. Who would have thunk it?
The Beastie Boys, inducted in 2012, started out as a punk band that evolved into a major influence on the Hip Hop. They fought for their right to party and so many other rights that we took for granted.
This years inductees include Nirvana. A major force on the grunge scene that went so much further. They may not have been around for very long but their influence can be seen today.