Friday, January 16, 2009

Rappers Run-DMC inducted into rock hall of fame

New York -- Run-DMC once hailed themselves as the Kings of Rock, so it's fitting that the pioneering rappers are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Run-DMC joins heavy-metal band Metallica, guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials in this year's inductee class.

Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson gets a nod as an early influence, and the sidemen inductees are Spooner Oldham and two of Elvis Presley's musicians - drummer D.J. Fontana and bassist Bill Black.

The induction will be held in Cleveland on April 4.