Tucked in along with these other worthies is the late Don Van Vliet, AKA Captain Beefheart, honored for his 1969 recording Trout Mask Replica. As the board put it:
This unclassifiable melding of country, blues, folk and free jazz filtered through Captain Beefheart’s feverishly inventive imagination remains without precedent in its striking sonic and lyrical originality.
Are you listening, R&R HoF?
Congratulations to Mr. Van Vliet's surviving family; truly he belongs to the ages. Too bad he had to share this honor the same year as Newt Gingrich. Well, ain't that America?
Oh, and one other notable recording was the one to which the Dude abided in his bathtub. You know the one I mean..