This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class is one of the most star-studded and eclectic in years. Here's a look at who's getting in at the ceremony in Cleveland, alongside Long Island's Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Lou Reed.
BIO Already in for his work as The Beatles' drummer, Starr is being inducted this year on his own, receiving the Award for Musical Excellence. Starr's unusual drumming style helped give The Beatles their distinctive sound and he has cultivated that style in his decades of solo work, including his new album "Postcards From Paradise" (Universal).
BIGGEST HIT "Photograph" (No. 1, 1973)
WILL BE INDUCTED BY Paul McCartney, with Joe Walsh performing his music.
BIO The rare band that found a second act to its career that was even bigger than its first. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool burst into the mainstream with their landmark punk-pop album "Dookie" in 1994 and a string of now standards, including "When I Come Around" and "Welcome to Paradise." Then, in 2004, enraged by President George W. Bush's administration, the band unleashed "American Idiot," which raised its profile without losing any punk fire, winning them Grammys and mounting a successful Broadway rock opera of the same name.
BIGGEST HIT "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (No. 2, 2004)
WILL BE INDUCTED BY Fall Out Boy
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE
BIO The Texas blues guitarist and his band were just starting to gain mainstream popularity when Vaughan died in a helicopter crash outside of Chicago in 1990. However, Vaughan had already built his reputation with his peers and among blues and rock experts, surprising people with his guitar solos on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and teaming with such blues masters as Buddy Guy and B.B. King, as well as rock guitar gods from Jeff Beck to Dick Dale.
BIGGEST HIT "Crossfire" (No. 1 rock, 1989)
WILL BE INDUCTED BY John Mayer, with Jimmie Vaughan performing with Double Trouble
BIO The Navy veteran was 33 when he landed his first hit in 1971 with the wrenching soul ballad "Ain't No Sunshine," followed by his inspirational chart-topper "Lean on Me." Though the West Virginia native stopped recording and writing after only 15 years, his work has taken on a life of its own. "Lean on Me" has been regularly covered by other artists (including Club Noveau, who returned the song to No. 1 in 1987) and other songs have been sampled, including the groove from "Grandma's Hands" that became Blackstreet's No. 1 "No Diggity" in 1997.
BIGGEST HIT "Lean on Me" (No. 1, three weeks, 1972)
WILL BE INDUCTED BY Stevie Wonder, with John Legend performing his music
THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
BIO Singer-harmonica player Butterfield and guitarist Mike Bloomfield -- along with guitarist Elvin Bishop, drummer Sam Lay, bassist Jerome Arnold and organist Mark Naftalin -- infused their brand of rock and roll with Chicago blues in the '60s, leading to their eponymous debut in 1965. When Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival that year, Bloomfield, Lay and Arnold were at his side.
BIGGEST HIT "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band" (No. 123 album, 1965)
WILL BE INDUCTED BY Peter Wolf, with Tom Morello performing their music
THE '5' ROYALES
BIO Between the vocals of brothers Johnny and Eugene Tanner and the guitar playing of Lowman Pauling, The "5" Royales made their mark on rock and roll with hits like "Dedicated to the One I Love" and "Think." They will be inducted as early influences.
BIGGEST HIT "Think" (No. 66, 1957)
WILL BE INDUCTED BY Steve Cropper