CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Randy Newman, a longtime producer of rock albums, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Halls of Fame Wednesday night.
The award was presented to Newman by Rock Hall President Dan Schneider and the Rock Hall’s executive committee.
Newman, who died in May, was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall for almost 40 years.
He made his first solo album in 1964, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and has had many albums over the years, including the 1966 release “Candyman,” which became the first rock album to sell over 1 million copies.
“It’s such a great honor to be recognized for such a long time,” Newman told the audience during a pre-show ceremony.
“But, you know, I’m not going to get to the end of this award ceremony before I die.”
The Rock Hall is honoring Rock Hall of Famers, inductees and other artists who have made significant contributions to rock music and culture through music, movies, and other forms of expression.
It is the oldest continuously running non-profit organization in the United States.
Newman said his induction into the hall was not only a great day for him, but for music.
“This is such a good thing for all of us,” he said.
“For me, it’s just such an honor to have been inducted.
And, for the music community, it is just a great tribute to the people who created all of the great music that we enjoy.”
The induction ceremony, which took place at the Rock Center in Cedar Rapids, included performances by the Rock Band and a special appearance by the Beatles’ Paul McCartney.
“Cream and cheese and candy, it really is an honor,” Newman said, as the Rock Room was decorated with memorabilia from his career, including a guitar he used to record “C.N.A.D.E.T.” with producer George Martin.
Newman has made many albums, but only “Crazies” was his first major hit, released in 1964.
He later recorded two albums, “Rock & Flourish” and “The Wonderful World of Randy Newman,” in 1967 and 1971, respectively.
Newman died of a heart attack at age 74.
The Rock & Rock Hall awards ceremony is the most prestigious of its kind, with a list of 20 recipients including many artists, musicians, and comedians.
The awards ceremony also is presented by Rock & Pop Hall of Famer Bill Evans.
Rock Hall historian John Ralston said Newman is not just an inductee, but also a longtime collaborator with Martin and producer David Bowie.
“The fact that he was inductee in the Rock Music Hall of Honor was an honor for us,” Ralsson said.
Newman was an important figure in the making of the rock era, Ralson said, adding that his influence in the music industry extends to rock bands and records.
“He had an enormous influence on the music business, and he was the kind of man who really loved the music and he would really listen to it.”
Newman said he had an interest in the art of recording and the craft of mixing his albums, which he would record with Martin.
“That was the whole idea of the recording process,” he told the Rock&Rock Hall of the Beatles, who also included George Martin and Martin Scorsese.
“And that’s why it was so hard to make them sound good.
I never really took it personally that they couldn’t sound good together.”