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Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ among Grammy Hall of Fame inductees

Prince’s 1987 classic Sign “O” the Times is among this year’s inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album enters the hall alongside 24 additional titles including Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” David Bowie’s “Changes,” and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton.

“The Grammy Hall Of Fame was established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old,” explains the Recording Academy, which announced this year’s inductees yesterday.

Below, see a complete list of this year’s inductees. If the news puts you in the Sign “O” the Times spirit, you can see the concert film this Saturday night at Paisley Park — screened on the very soundstage where much of it was filmed, with the car grill from the album’s cover on display nearby.

There’s another Paisley Park connection in the list of this year’s inductees: R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” is from the album Out of Time, which was mixed at Paisley Park.

“ABC”
The Jackson 5
(Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, songwriters)
Motown (1970)
Single

“CHANGES”
David Bowie
(David Bowie, songwriter)
RCA Victor (1972)
Single

“THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS”
Arlo Guthrie
(Steve Goodman, songwriter)
Reprise (1972)
Single

“(HEP-HEP!) THE JUMPIN’ JIVE”
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra
(Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba, Jack Palmer, songwriters)
Vocalion (1939)
Single

“I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME”
Bonnie Raitt
(Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin, songwriters)
Capitol (1991)
Single

“I GET AROUND”
The Beach Boys
(Mike Love, Brian Wilson, songwriters)
Capitol (1964)
Single

“I GOT YOU BABE”
Sonny & Cher
(Sonny Bono, songwriter)
Atco (1965)
Single

“JAILHOUSE ROCK”
Elvis Presley
(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, songwriters)
RCA Victor (1957)
Single

LADY SINGS THE BLUES
Billie Holiday
Clef (1956)
Album

“LOSING MY RELIGION”
R.E.M.
(Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, songwriters)
Warner Bros. (1991)
Single

“MAGGIE MAY”
Rod Stewart
(Martin Quittenton, Rod Stewart,  songwriters)
Mercury (1971)
Single

“MISSION—IMPOSSIBLE”
Lalo Schifrin
(Lalo Schifrin, songwriter)
Dot (1967)
Single

OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE
Merle Haggard
Capitol (1969)
Album

SIGN “O” THE TIMES
Prince
Paisley Park/Warner Bros. (1987)
Album

“SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT”
Nirvana
(Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic , songwriters)
DGC (1991)
Single

“SMOKE ON THE WATER”
Deep Purple
(Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, songwriters)
Warner Bros. (1973)
Single

“STACK O’LEE BLUES”
Mississippi John Hurt
(Traditional)
Okeh (1928)
Single

“STATESBORO BLUES”
Blind Willie McTell
(Willie McTell, songwriter)
Victor (1928)
Single

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
N.W.A.
Ruthless/Priority (1988)
Album

“THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN)”
Sly & The Family Stone
(Sly Stone, songwriter)
Epic (1969)
Single

“WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE”
The Everly Brothers
(Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant,  songwriters)
Cadence (1957)
Single

“THE WANDERER”
Dion
(Ernie Maresca, songwriter)
Laurie (1961)
Single

“WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN”
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra
(Traditional)
Decca (1939)
Single

“YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE”
Mills Brothers
(Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts, , songwriters)
Decca (1944)
Single

“YOU DON’T OWN ME”
Lesley Gore
(John Madara, David White, songwriters)
Mercury (1963)
Single