Chuck Berry 2001

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum hosts exclusive live closed-circuit broadcast of the 16th annual induction ceremony

February 19 / 2001

By the press stab

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a party on Monday, March 19, 2001 at the Museum from 7:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at which the 16th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live. The 2001 Induction Ceremony will be shown in its entirety via closed-circuit broadcast from New York.

This one-time-only showing will be seen on several large screens throughout the Museum. All exhibits will be open to tour during the party. Tickets include a raffle and cash bar. An edited version of the 2001 Induction Ceremony will air on VH1 on Wednesday, March 21st.

"We are thrilled to once again offer this outstanding opportunity to the fans of Cleveland", said Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "The party was a great success last year, and we expect the response to be just as exciting".

Tickets go on sale to Museum members on Monday, February 26th and are $10. Members can call the membership line at 888.588.ROCK ext. 3 to purchase tickets. Tickets for non-members go on sale Monday, March 5th and are $15. These tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 216.241.5555 or the Museum box office.

The 2001 "performer" inductees are Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Ritchie Valens. The "non-performer" inductee is Chris Blackwell. The "side-men" inductees are James Burton and Johnnie Johnson.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving the living legacy of rock and roll.

Johnnie Johnson to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

St.Louis Post-Dispatch

Mars 6 / 2001

The Immortals are moving over to make room for pianist Johnnie "B. Goode" Johnson, 76. Come March 19, Johnson will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He is remembered for such hits as "Roll Over Beethoven" with St. Louisan Chuck Berry. Indeed, Berry wrote the hit song "Johnny B. Goode" as a tribute to Johnson, who grew up in Fairmont, W.Va., and later moved to St. Louis. Berry was a fledgling guitarist in 1952 when Johnson hired him to sub for a sick saxophonist in his St. Louis band, The Johnnie Johnson Trio. Berry stayed on - and the rest, as they say, is legend.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Johnnie Johnson


March 20 / 2001

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Aerosmith may have sold millions of records and played in front of thousands of people, but the band was far from jaded after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their three decade-long career.

"It's totally overwhelming, because when you see all these people up there that you cut your teeth on, and listened to and heard, to think that you've got a room next to Elvis Presley now, is like, wow!" Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler said as he held his induction trophy backstage.

Aerosmith joined Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Queen and Steely Dan in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday. Also inducted were the doo-wop group The Flamingos, "La Bamba" singer Ritchie Valens, soul singer Solomon Burke, sidemen Johnnie Johnson and James Burton, and Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records.

For Jackson and Simon, it was their second trip to the hall – both were previously inducted for their legendary beginnings with The Jackson Five and Simon and Garfunkel. Simon said the past honor did not lessen the night's achievement. "One recognizes a certain part of my work, and this recognizes the period that followed it. They're both equally gratifying," he said. Onstage, Simon was effusive in his thanks: He delivered a rambling acceptance speech that ran 10 minutes long. Among those who got thanks were Quincy Jones and his bandleader father. But he got his biggest reaction when he mentioned his former artner, Art Garfunkel. Simon said, "I regret the ending of our friendship, and I hope that one day before I die we will make peace with each other." After the audience applauded warmly, Simon deadpanned, "No rush."

Jackson, who broke his foot recently at his ranch, hobbled on stage after a tribute by boy band 'N Sync. "As you can see, there's not going to be any moonwalking tonight," said Jackson. In a typically short speech, Jackson thanked Motown founder Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, whom he called his "second mother." He also paid tribute to his parents for blessing him with his talent. "To me, the gift of music has been a great blessing, from the time I was a child," Jackson said.

Aerosmith, called "the greatest rock band in American history," by Detroit rap rocker Kid Rock, thanked their families for supporting a career that included stardom, a steep fall and surprising resurrection. The band's new album debuted this week at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and they have a top 20 hit with "Jaded," but they were honored for work that included the prototype rock ballad, "Dream On." Tyler made a wry reference to the unflattering early comparison of Aerosmith to the Rolling Stones and his own resemblance to the band's singer. "I wonder if this will put an end to, 'Hey, aren't you Mick Jagger?'" he said.

Queen, whose lead singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, performed "We Will Rock You" as a trio and invited Foo Fighter Dave Grohl to sing an incendiary version of "Tie Your Mother Down." Mercury's mother, Jer Bulsara, accepted her late son's trophy.

Steely Dan was inducted by the techno-artist Moby, who said, "They always seemed different somehow. On the one hand, their music is warm and beautiful, but on the other hand it is so unsettling." The group, which consists of the reclusive duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, won three Grammys last month, including album of the year for "Two Against Nature."

Ricky Martin inducted Valens, the most prominent Latin rocker of rock's early days, who died in a 1959 plane crash. The Flamingos were best-known for their lush, romantic ballad "I Only Have Eyes for You." The adult children of several members who have since died joined other Flamingo members onstage to accept their trophy. Blackwell, given a tribute by U2 lead singer Bono, was inducted in the non-performing category.

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, wearing what appeared to be keychains in his hair, inducted Johnnie Johnson, piano player for Chuck Berry, into the hall in the "sidemen" category. Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton also was given that honor. Richards said he identified with sidemen, who have to "watch this bum with a hairdo" to make sure he doesn't make a fool of himself. The irascible Berry was absent from the ceremony honoring his 28-year musical partner, which was no surprise, considering Johnson recently filed suit against him seeking millions of dollars in past royalties for songs he says he co-wrote.

The night ended with its traditional jam session. The highlight featured Kid Rock and Burke delivering a rousing rendition of Burke's hit, "Everybody Needs Someone To Love." Toward the end, Burke gave members of the audience a chance to live out their ultimate rock fantasy, pulling several onstage to sing with Aerosmith, Richards, Johnson and Queen's Brian May, even allowing one woman to belt out a few lyrics before the evening came to an end. The ceremony, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, was being taped for telecast Wednesday on VH1. The names of honorees are on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.