15 Apr 2018 17:17 IST

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honours songs for first time

The annual induction ceremony used to recognise only the artistes

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted songs for the time to its league at the 33rd annual induction ceremony.

The ceremony, which earlier used to recognise only the artistes, featured a new category, titled ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles’ and it was introduced by musician Steven Van Zandt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We all know the history of music can be changed with just one song, one record. In three minutes we suddenly enter a new direction, a movement, a style, an experience. That a three-minute song can result in a personal revelation, an epiphany that changes our lives,” Zandth said.

Zandt added that the category is “a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall, which is not to say these artistes will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

Steppenwolf’s Born to Be Wild and Louie Louie by The Kingsmen were the first songs to be inducted in the new category.

Other inductees include Rocket 88 by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s Rumble (1958) and Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967).