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Bon Jovi and Nina Simone Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

December 13, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Reuters reports that this year’s five Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced. They include Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and The Cars.

Bon Jovi formed in 1983 in New Jersey and is fronted by Jon Bon Jovi. They recently toured in 2017 to support their new album This House is Not For Sale and are known for tracks like “Livin on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

Dire Straits is led by guitarist Mark Knopfler. They became famous in 1979 with the song “Sultans of Swing” and have other hits like “Money for Nothing” and “Brothers in Arms.” They broke up in 1995 and Knopfler started a solo career.

The Moody Blues were popular in the 1960s and are popular for their songs “Nights in White Satin” and “go Now.” There have been changes in the lineup over the years but they’re still together. They’ll go on tour in January for the 50th anniversary of their Days of Future Passed album.

The Cars began in Boston in the late 1970s and had songs like “Drive” and “Just What I Needed” before they split up in 1988. They got back together in 2010 with the album Move Like This then toured the US in 2011.

Nina Simone is a singer, songwriter and civil rights activist. She got famous in the sixties with songs like “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and “Mississippi Goddam.” Elton John and Kanye West have credited her as an influence. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 70.

The inductees were selected by fans and 900 music industry experts. The ceremony to induct them happens in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14. Those were nominated but not voted for include Kate Bush, Radiohead and the J.Geils band.