2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The “5” Royales

As we get closer to the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, I’ll share short and sweet profiles of the inductees and some lesson ideas. Bookmark it.

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The “5” Royals are being inducted in the Early Influence category. In the early 1950s they transitioned to secular music and merged gospel, jazz, and blues with vocal harmony to produce a sound that inspired many future musicians.


Later recorded by James Brown and the Famous Flames as well as Mick Jagger, a good comparison can be done of the performances of this song. It was a hit for The “5” Royales in 1957.

“The Slummer the Slum”
Not exactly a hit record, rock critic Dave Marsh named this one of his top 1001 singles of all time and notes it as the first intentional use of guitar feedback on record.

“Dedicated to the One I Love”
Another song with multiple cover versions, it’s The “5” Royales most well-known song. Compare it to versions by The Shirelles as well as The Mamas and the Papas.

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The “5” Royales

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