The Joint Jumps Again as Rock 'n' Roll's Hall of Fame Pays Homage to 15 Pioneers
The 15 greats installed in Rock's pantheon this year included the first woman (Aretha Franklin), a group (the Coasters) plus Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Smokey Robinson. Family or friends accepted posthumous awards for Eddie Cochran, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Joe Turner, Jackie Wilson and Muddy Waters.
No presenter was more eloquent than Bruce Springsteen, resplendent in a shimmering beige silk suit. He seemed so distracted by the parade of his idols that he barely spoke to Julianne Phillips, his bride of nearly two years. He recalled lying in bed years ago listening to the music of Roy Orbison: "His arrangements were complex and operatic, but they had rhythm, movement, and they addressed the underside of pop romance. They were scary." Without doubt Springsteen and the 1,200 rock devotees, who stood and cheered, would agree with Sting's declaration: "The thrill is not gone."