Mellencamp Among Latest Inductees to Rock Hall of Fame

By Peter Ambrose

Mellencamp Among Latest Inductees to Rock Hall of Fame

May 28, 2010 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 2:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) - Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp and Madonna were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday in New York.

Philly soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, literate songwriter Leonard Cohen, British rockers the Dave Clark Five and
surf instrumentalists the Ventures were among the other inductees into the Cleveland hall.

The 56-year-old Mellencamp, with his son Speck playing guitar rocked the Waldorf Astoria Hotel ballroom with a rumbling version of "Authority Song."

He said he still feels the way he did today as when he wrote it 25 years ago.

Fellow Hall of Fame member Billy Joel said the world needed Mellencamp's voice whether it heard it in a small town or a city, on a jukebox or in a TV commercial.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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