Miracles, Crickets and Other Famed Backing Bands To Rock The Hall

(Gibson) Behind many great rock groups is a backing group of talented players, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is making up for past omissions by inducting the backing groups of six first-generation rock stars at this year's ceremony.

The to-be-inducted groups include The Miracles (Smokey Robinson), The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), The Comets (Bill Haley), The Crickets (Buddy Holly), The Famous Flames (James Brown) and The Midnighters (Hank Ballard).

Why did the Hall pinpoint these specific groups? Well, for each of the chosen inductees, the backing group didn't get into the Hall of Fame when their frontman did, which often caused a good amount of controversy and eyebrow raising. The Hall simply wants to set the record straight and honor the groups that have backed some of music's biggest legends.

The six groups will finally get their due April 14 at Cleveland's Public Hall at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual awards ceremony. "These Inductees are pioneers in the development of the music we call rock and roll," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president and CEO Joel Peresman said in a release. "As part of our mission to recognize the most impactful, innovative and influential artists in rock, the committee brought forth these six groups that belong in the Hall of Fame." more on this story

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