Leon Russell

Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” has been selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World file

Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” has been selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Grammy Hall of Fame was established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Russell, a Tulsa music legend who died in 2016, wrote and recorded the song for an album released in 1970 by Shelter Records.

Inductees are selected annually by a committee of professionals from all branches of the recording arts.

“The Grammy Hall Of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy said in a Grammy Hall of Fame announcement. “Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog.”

Ray Charles, among many artists to cover “A Song For You,” won a 1993 Grammy with his version.

Also in the 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame class: Whitney Houston’s 1992 cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”; Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut album, “The Chronic”; Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” (1989); Aerosmith’s “Dream On” (1973); Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album (1991); David Bowie’s “Space Odyssey” (1969); Queen’s album “A Night At The Opera” (1972); the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” (1966); Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison album (1968); Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like A Wheel” album (1974); the Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself” (1965); Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (1967); the Jimi Hendrix album “Band Of Gypsys” (1970); Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” (1962); Parliament’s “Flash Light” (1978); Andy Williams’ “Moon River” (1962); Billy Paul’s “Me And Mrs. Jones” (1972); the King Cole Trio’s “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” (1946); Billie Holiday’s “My Man” (1937); Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five’s “Savoy Blues” (1927); Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing In The Grass” (1968); Thomas Alva Edison’s original recording of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” (1878); Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s “That’s All Right” (1949) and the Mike Oldfield album “Tubular Bells” (1973).

The 60th Grammy Awards is scheduled for a Sunday, Jan. 28, prime-time broadcast on CBS.

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Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389