Rock Hall Blog

Posts by Meredith E. Rutledge-Borger

Sam Cooke's magnum opus "A Change Is Gonna Come"

Tuesday, February 9: 4:21 p.m.

the story of Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music history

Without a doubt, Sam Cooke was one of the most influential performers in the history of American popular music. His work cut across the genres of gospel, R&B and pop, and Cooke is credited as being one of soul ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Event
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How Cynthia Robinson Made Sure We Were All Cool

Wednesday, November 25: 11:48 a.m.

Sly and The Family Stone Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Cynthia Robinson dead at age 69

I was just an elementary school kid when I first heard “Dance to the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone’s first hit single, in spring 1968. The song was on the radio all the time. If it wasn’t ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews
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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Bill Withers Songs

Wednesday, April 15: 2 p.m.

In a recording career that lasted only 15 years, but left a lasting legacy, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Withers mastered the vocabularies of the acoustic singer-songwriter, R&B, disco and even mainstream jazz, while maintaining ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, History of the Blues, Event, Hall of Fame
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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Songs

Tuesday, April 14: 4 p.m.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett and the Blackhearts created a potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. The group's biggest hit, “I ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Hall of Fame, History of Punk
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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Green Day Songs

Tuesday, April 14: 12 p.m.

Building on the trail blazed by the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Green Day are the perennial punk adolescents, true to the ethos of every basement and garage-rock band that ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players
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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Ringo Starr Songs

Tuesday, April 14: 2 a.m.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ringo Starr is one of the greatest and most creative drummers in rock and roll history. Throughout the Beatles’ career he sang on many lighthearted and funny songs (“Yellow Submarine,” “Octopus’s ...

Categories: The Beatles, Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll
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New at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: A Jackson 5-era Outfit Worn by Michael Jackson

Friday, September 13: 4 p.m.
Michael Jackson sports outfit from his Jackson 5 days, now on exhibit

Starting this week, visitors to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will be able to see a new addition to the Rock Hall's Michael Jackson collection: an outfit worn by the King of ...

Categories: Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit
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The Man Who Set The Stage: Mark Fisher Dies at 66

Friday, June 28: 3 p.m.
Portion of "The Wall" set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

Mark Fisher, the talented and prolific creator of environments that helped take the experience of rock concerts to a new and more spectacular level, passed away on June 26, 2013. He was 66. Fisher was responsible for the stage design ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, Today in Rock
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