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Soulful group enters rock hall of fame

By Mary Campbell

NEW YORK AP" — This years
five inductees into :he Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame — Dion. Otis Redding.
the Rolling Stones. the Temptations
and Steve Wonder — are a gather-
ing of the soulful Side of the ‘60s.

"Tonight we‘re all on our best
behavxor." said the Stones“ lead 5mg-
er, Mick Jagger. “And we‘re being
rewarded for 25 years of bad
behavior.“

Jagger was among four present
and former Stones who attended
formal induction ceremonies last
night at the Waldorf-Astoria.

"I got in? I got in!" an exuberant
Dion exclaimed. ”This is a major
moment (or me. I‘m conscious and
breathing and right here with you
and enjoying every minute."

Dion said music to him is a way to
“share my feelings, love, hates,
thoughts, perceptions. It is a way of
connecting."

Pete Townshend. who presented
the award to the Rolling Stones. said
the Stones had influenced his own

British band, The Who.
“The Stones were a rock band to

begin with. The Who became a rock
band partly because of the Stones."

Jagger and Keith Richards. who
have fallen out in recent times.
attended the ceremonies along With

ex.Stone Mick Taylor and his re-
placement. Ron Wood.

‘ln accepting the award. Jagger
hinted there may be more Rolling
Stones music to come.

“Jean Cocteau said Americans
are a funny people," Jagger said.
“First you shock them. then they put
you in a museum. We're not quite
ready to hang up the number yet.“

The Rolling Stones’ induction in-
cludes the original five members,
Jagger, Richards. the late Brian
Jones Bill Wyman and Charlie
Watts. plus Taylor who re laced
Jones. Wood who replaced aylor
and the late pianist-arranger Ian

Associated Press

Reunited for rock hall of fame induction last night were Rolling Stones, from
left. Mick Jagger. Mick Taylor. Keith Richards and Ron Wood. In
background are, left, record executive Ahmet Ertegun and Pete Townshend.

Stewart.

David Ruffin, former lead singer
with the Temptations. said he will
always consider himself a part of the
group.

”That's something I‘m very proud
of — to have been a part of the group
and I always will be,” Ruffin said.

The soul group the Temptations
have original members Otis Will-
iams, Melvin Franklin. Eddie Ken-
dricks. the late Paul Williams and
David Ruffin inducted, plus Dennis
Edwards. who replaced Ruffin in
1968. Later replacements are not
included.

Stevie Wonder was born Steveland
Morris Hardaway on May 13, 1950.

in Detroit. His first record, “Finger-

tips. Part 2," became a hit when he
was just 13. Wonder, who was born
blind, has written one imaginative
piece of music after another in his
soulful. pap and experimental con-
cept albums. He opened for the
Stones on their 1972 tour.

Soul singer Otis Redding was born
Sept. 9. 1941. in Macon, Ga, and died
in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967. He
was traveling with the group the
Bar-Kays to save travel expenses,
and the plane crashed en route to
Cleveland, killing everyone aboard.
Redding had interrupted his tour to
cut a record. which was in the mail
to stores when he died. It was
“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,” his
biggest hit.

Dion was born Don DiMucci on
July 18. 1939. in New York City. He
and three friends formed a group in
high school in 1958. taking the name
the Belmonts from a Bronx street.‘
After recording such hits as “A
Teenager in Love,” “Where or
When” and “In the Still of the Night,"
Dion went solo. His biggest hit was
“Runaround Sue” in 1961.

The Hall of Fame also honored
three early influences on rock ‘n'
roll, the late blues singer Bessie
Smith, the soft rhythm 'n' blues vocal
quartet the Ink Spots and the gOSpel
singers the Soul Stirrers.

Producer Phil Spector, famous for
his “wall of sound,” was inducted in
a non-performing category.