The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, whose harmonies on stage and excesses off stage defined 1970s popular music, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night in New York. Other inductees included Santana, led by Carlos Santana’s fiery guitar and dedication to Latin music and experimentation; the Mamas and the Papas, folk icons of the late ‘60s; rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, whose first hit, “Be-Bop-A-Lulu,” in 1956 became an instant rock classic; and Lloyd Price, one of the early practitioners of New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll.
Artists become eligible 25 years for the Hall of Fame after the release of their first recording. Five to seven are nominated each year and voted on by about 1,000 rock writers, performers and industry leaders. The names of Hall of Fame honorees are on permanent exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, which opened in 1995.