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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2013

Heart, from left, Nancy Wilson and Ann Wilson.

Heart, from left, Nancy Wilson and Ann Wilson. Credit: Getty Images

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2013 is one of the most eclectic in years. Here's a look at who will be inducted alongside Public Enemy:

 

HEART

Ann and Nancy Wilson started their careers as the hardest rockers around, with a string of hits so tough, from "Barracuda" to "Even It Up," that no one would question whether they could keep up with the guys of the '70s. They enjoyed even more success in the late '80s with a poppier sound and ballads like "Alone" and "These Dreams."

BIGGEST HIT "Alone" (1987, No. 1 for three weeks)

MOST INFLUENTIAL SONGS "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "What About Love?"

 

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ALBERT KING

The Mississippi bluesman became one of the most influential guitarists, not through flashy riffs, but through his intensity and the inventive, memorable tones he achieved with his playing, influencing everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan. King also became one of the first bluesmen to cross over into soul music in the '50s.

BIGGEST HIT "Cold Feet" (1968, No. 67)

MOST INFLUENTIAL SONGS "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Personal Manager," "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong"

 

RANDY NEWMAN

Though Randy Newman is now best known for his work in the movies, he has a long career as a singer-songwriter, often with other artists -- from Pat Boone and Nina Simone to Joe Cocker and Etta James -- having more success with his songs than he did. Newman did succeed, though, with his own brand of musical satire, from "Short People" to "It's Money That Matters."

BIGGEST HIT "Short People" (1978, No. 2)

MOST INFLUENTIAL SONGS "You Can Leave Your Hat On," "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "It's Money That Matters"

 

RUSH

Known for their ambitious, progressive rock and virtuoso playing, Rush -- singer-bassist-keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart -- became one of the biggest bands in the world when they were influenced by reggae, new wave and funk in the early '80s.

BIGGEST HIT "New World Man" (1982, No. 21)

MOST INFLUENTIAL SONGS "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," "Subdivisions"

 

DONNA SUMMER

"The Queen of Disco" had a career that spanned much more than that, from the electronic music forerunner "Love to Love You Baby" to the rock of "Cold Love," the world beat of "State of Independence," as well as gospel and, later, a return to ruling the clubs. However, few artists can match her dominance of pop in 1979, when she became the first woman to ever have two singles in the Top 3 simultaneously, with "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls."

BIGGEST HIT "Bad Girls" (1979, No. 1 for five weeks)

MOST INFLUENTIAL SONGS "Love to Love You Baby," "Last Dance," "She Works Hard for the Money"

 

The Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to songwriter-producer and artist manager Lou Adler, who handled the careers of Carole King and the Mamas and the Papas, and musician-producer Quincy Jones, best known for his work with Michael Jackson on "Thriller," though he started his career as Dizzy Gillespie's musical director.

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