Upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey offered fans a music lesson: Ignore the gossip and listen to the songs.
The hall added the Eagles, the Mamas and the Papas, Fleetwood Mac and Santana on Monday night in a ceremony that had a definite California flavor and the usual blend of irreverent humor, respectful praise and hot music.Seven Eagles were inducted, eight members of Fleetwood Mac and six members of Santana, recognizing that personnel changed through the years.
Frey, perhaps referring to the highly publicized squabbles that led to the break-ups of the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, said rock fans should listen to the music instead of concentrating on peccadilloes, personality clashes and marital breakups.
"Get over it," he said, quoting the title of a 1994 - that is, post-reunion - Eagles single.
Other inductees included Gene Vincent, who died at 36 in 1971, and Lloyd Price, 64, who gave the liveliest musical performance of the evening at the Waldorf Astoria ballroom, singing "Stagger Lee" while prancing and clapping in front of Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra.
John Fogerty began the induction of Vincent by singing his biggest hit, "Be-Bop-a-Lula," calling it "one of the greatest records ever made."
Santana performed "Black Magic Woman" from its 1970 "Abraxas" album.
Jazz pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton was inducted as an early rock 'n' roll influence, while record producer, arranger and composer Allen Toussaint was inducted as a non-performer.