Jeff Beck, Metallica to enter Rock Hall of Fame

Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:40am EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Guitarist Jeff Beck, heavy metal band Metallica and vocalists Little Anthony & the Imperials are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music organization announced on Wednesday.

Singer, songwriter and musician Bobby Womack, hip hop's Run-D.M.C. and country music's Wanda Jackson, along with musicians Spooner Oldham, D.J. Fontana and Bill Black, rounded out the list of 2009 inductees.

The names were announced at a news conference in New York.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 4 in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Hall of Fame and Museum are located. The show marks the first time since 1997 that it will be staged in Cleveland after several years in New York.

On hand for the announcement in New York were the members of Metallica, considered one of the most influential heavy metal bands.

"We've done this our way. Twenty-seven, 28 years later, we're here," said drummer Lars Ulrich.

Guitar great Beck played with the Yardbirds as well as forming The Jeff Beck Group in the 1960s and playing with such top stars as Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger.

Little Anthony & the Imperials, who began singing in the 1950s, are known for such hits as "Tears on my Pillow" and "Goin' Out of My Head."

Womack has been recording music since the 1960s, as a singer and a backing guitarist for Sam Cooke.   Continued...

<p>Metallica, the heavy metal band, poses for pictures after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2009 inductees in New York January 14, 2009. Pictured are (L to R) vocalist James Hetfeild, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bass player Robert Trujillo. They will join other 2009 performer inductees Jeff Beck, Little Anthony &amp; the Imperials, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine</p>