Rock Hall Class of 1986


New York | Waldorf Astoria Hotel | January 23, 1986 | Private Event | not televised

These artists were voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1985, but the induction ceremony took place in 1986. Click here for a list of artists who were first eligible in 1985 and haven't gotten in yet.

ArtistInducted ByCategory
John HammondAhmet ErtegunLifetime Achievement
Buddy HollyJohn FogertyPerformer
Chuck BerryKeith RichardsPerformer
Elvis PresleyJulian and Sean LennonPerformer
The Everly BrothersNeil YoungPerformer
Fats DominoBilly JoelPerformer
James BrownSteve WinwoodPerformer
Jerry Lee LewisHank Williams Jr.Performer
Little RichardRoberta FlackPerformer
Ray CharlesQuincy JonesPerformer
Sam CookeHerb AlpertPerformer
Alan FreedNorm N. Nite and Scott MuniNon-Performer
Sam PhillipsJerry Lee LewisNon-Performer
Jimmie RodgersJerry WexlerEarly Influence
Jimmy YanceyAhmet ErtegunEarly Influence
Robert JohnsonRobert Palmer (writer)Early Influence

Nominees who didn't make the cut in 1986

These artists were officially nominated for induction in 1985, but didn't receive enough votes from the "international voting body of rock experts" to get in that year. Nearly 70% of rejected artists eventually get inducted in a later year.

ArtistEventually Inducted In
Aretha Franklin1987
B. B. King1987
Ben E. KingNot yet
Big Joe Turner1987
Bill Haley1987
Bobby "Blue" Bland1992
Bobby Darin1990
Carl Perkins1987
Chuck WillisNot yet
Clyde McPhatter1987
The Coasters1987
Del Shannon1999
Duane Eddy1994
Eddie Cochran1987
Esther PhillipsNot yet
The Flamingos2001
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers1993
Gene Pitney2002
Gene Vincent1998
Gladys Knight and the Pips1996
Hank Ballard1990
Ike and Tina Turner1991
Jackie Wilson1987
Jimmy Reed1991
Johnny AceNot yet
King Curtis2000
LaVern Baker1991
Little Willie John1996
Lloyd Price1998
Marvin Gaye1987
Mary WellsNot yet
Muddy Waters1987
Ricky Nelson1987
Roy Orbison1987
Ruth Brown1993
Smokey Robinson1987
Solomon Burke2001
The Supremes1988

Nominating Committee who determined the 1986 performer ballot

Ahmet Ertegun
Nesuhi Ertegun
Suzan Evans, ex officio
John Hammond
Bob Hilburn
Bob Krasnow
Kurt Loder
Norm N. Nite
Nile Rodgers
Seymour Stein
Jann Wenner
Jerry Wexler
Noreen Woods, ex officio

The first year of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was 1986.1987-->


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