Mamma Mia! Abba is going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
The Swedish pop superstars will join reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, punk pioneers The Stooges, British Invasion popsters The Hollies and art-rockers-turned-pop-stars Genesis as the 2010 class of inductees. This class will be honored March 15 at the Waldorf Astoria, along with music industry mogul David Geffen songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, who helped build the Brill Building sound, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who help crystalize the ‘60s girl group sound, Mort Shuman, who worked with Doc Pomus to craft stylish pop of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Otis Blackwell, who wrote many of rock and roll’s early hits, and Jesse Stone, who wrote songs for rock and roll’s pioneers.
As usually happens with the Rock Hall inductions, the announcement spawns more questions than answers. Will the event, which will be broadcast live on Fuse, be enough to reunite Abba, who went their separate ways in 1982? (They were offered $1 billion to reunite for a tour in 2000 and declined.) Will it bring the five members of Genesis back together, including Peter Gabriel, who left the band in 1975? And will Kiss – who was passed over for the umpteenth time on this year’s ballot, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, The Chantels, and Laura Nyro – ever get into the Rock Hall?
Only time will tell. But for years, folks wondered the same thing about Iggy Pop and The Stooges. One question we don't need, though, is whether Abba belongs in the Rock Hall. One listen to "Does Your Mother Know" should answer that.
PHOTO: Abba from Associated Press.