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Artist / MusicianInaugural ClassInductee

Cheap Trick

Power Pop! Cheap Trick formed in 1973 Rockford, IL and had their first release in 1977 entitled Cheap Trick. In 1979 Cheap...

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Chess Records

Chess Records is considered to be one of most important cornerstones of Rock & Roll and is the birthplace of...

Artist / Musician

Andrew Calhoun

At age 13, Andrew Calhoun began writing songs and performing in coffeehouses. At 15 he lied about his age and...

Artist / Musician

Ray Manzarek

Keyboardist with The Doors was born on the south side of Chicago on February 12, 1939.  Manzarek recorded on every track of...

Artist / Musician

Chance the Rapper

Born Chancellor Jonathan Bennett on April 16th, 1993 in Chicago.  Chance hit national recognition for is work on Acid Rap in 2013....

Artist / Musician

Art Thieme

Art Thieme has been called “America’s best loved troubadour” and for good reason. His songs, stories, bad jokes and puns...

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