November 28, 2005

Rock Hall of Fame adds jazz legend Davis, Blondie

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jazz legend Miles Davis, Ozzy
Osbourne's seminal heavy metal band Black Sabbath and the punk
band Sex Pistols are among an eclectic group of musicians named
on Monday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2006 class of inductees also includes the late 1970s
and early 1980s New Wave group Blondie and country rock band
Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Herb Alpert will also be inducted into the hall, but not
for his work with the Tijuana Brass, which turned
mariachi-flavored tunes into Top 40 music in the 1960s. He and
his partner at A&M records, Jerry Moss, were recognized as
nonperformer lifetime achievers for their label's success for
recording musicians from The Police to The Neville Brothers.

Davis, known primarily as a jazz trumpeter, edged into rock
music in the later part of his career with albums like "A
Tribute to Jack Johnson" and "Bitches Brew" that fused jazz,
soul and rock music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He died
in 1991.

The Sex Pistols, whose members included Sid Vicious and
Johnny Rotten, influenced many other punk bands in a short and
turbulent career that included raucous concerts and fights with
record companies. Their best known hit was the ironic,
anti-monarchy song "God Save the Queen."

The 21st annual awards ceremony will be held March 13 in
New York. Musicians are eligible 25 years after their first
recording. Previous inductees include The Beatles, Cream, Bruce
Springsteen and Bob Dylan.