East Bay punk rockers Green Day, New York poet Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
The Hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and make Ringo Starr the fourth ex-Beatle enshrined on his own. Besides Reed, the class includes other posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Green Day made it in Berkeley group's first year of eligibility. The band led by Billie Joe Armstrong made the multiplatinum 1994 album “Dookie” and hit a peak with the politically themed album “American Idiot” a decade later. Armstrong also starred in a Broadway musical based on “American Idiot.”
The 5 Royales will be inducted in the early influence category. The gospel group recorded the original version of “Dedicated to the One I Love,” which became a hit later for the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas.
Inductees are chosen by more than 700 artists, historians and music industry representatives. An artist needed to have first released material no later than 1989. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held April 18.
ROBIN WILLIAMS TOPS GOOGLE SEARCHES
Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
The reaction to his death in Marin County in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests, which was released Tuesday.
It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ice bucket challenge, an Internet video craze that raised money for Lou Gehrig's disease research.
In the first few days after Williams' suicide, there was a sixfold increase in the number of Google searches for “carpe diem” — a Latin phrase for “seize the day” that Williams popularized in the film “Dead Poets Society.” Reports about Williams' battle with depression caused searches for that term to triple. There was also a flurry of searches about his movies, with the top search being “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
Los Angeles prosecutors won't press charges against Bill Cosby after a woman accused him of molesting her when she was 15, stating that the statute of limitations has passed since the alleged 1974 incident. … Children's book author Norman Bridwell, who created the “Clifford the Big Red Dog” series, has died at age 86.
Actress Milla Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) is 39. … Bassist Mike Mills of R.E.M. is 56. … Actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) is 69. … Actor Eugene Levy (“Best in Show”) is 68. — Staff, wire report
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