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The Bosses' Men Induct The King's Men

By Jay Lustig
Source: The Star-Ledger/NJ.com
March 29, 2009 - 2:54:07 PM

Bruce Springsteens E Street Band rhythm section members Max Weinberg (drums) and Garry Tallent (bass) will induct Elvis Presley collaborators DJ Fontana and Bill Black nto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Black and Fontana will enter the hall, in the sideman category, at an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. Other members of the class of '09, with their inductors listed in parentheses, are: Metallica (Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Pepper); Run-DMC (Eminem); Jeff Beck (Jimmy Page); Bobby Womack (Ron Wood); and Little Anthony and the Imperials (Smokey Robinson). In the photo below, Bill Black's son Louis Black and daughter, Nancy Black Shockley accept the award with D.J. Fontana

Bill Black's son Louis Black, Daughter Nancy Black Shockley and D.J. Fontana
Bill Black's son Louis Black, daughter, Nancy Black Shockley and D.J. Fontana

DJ Fontana and Bill Black at Ellis Auditorium - Dec. 19, 1955
DJ Fontana and Bill Black at Ellis Auditorium - Dec. 19, 1955

Keyboardist Spooner Oldham will also be inducted as a sideman (by Paul Shaffer), while Wanda Jackson will enter the hall as an early influence (inductor not named yet).

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