2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

April 8th, 2014, by

The 2014 “class” of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes two of our past guests: one of the most important voices in the creation of country rock, Linda Ronstadt, and Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens), whose musical gifts are an important chapter in rock history.

Over two nights, Ronstadt—the only artist to win a Grammy Award in the categories of pop, country, Mexican American and Tropical Latin—reflected on her fascinating journey, as chronicled in her memoir, Simple Dreams, as well as her Parkinson’s diagnosis.

And singer-songwriter Yusuf, an introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, who converted to Islam after multi-platinum success, talked with us about his musical odyssey and using culture to support moral values.

Congrats to all of this year’s inductees, especially to our past guests. Check out their Hall of Fame bios AND watch video of their rich conversations.


Linda Ronstadt

Hall of Fame bio

Part 1 of our conversation

Part 2 of our conversation


Yusuf (Cat Stevens)

Hall of Fame bio

  • Martin

    Finally Ronstadt was recognized as the seminal figure of the 60s and 70s in not only creating country rock but in bringing a magnificent voice and interpretive skill to the canon of music that defined rock and roll. Treating everyone from Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry to Smokey Robinson and Warren Zevon as important songwriters , just as Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington. Just bought her new compilation of over 30 years of DUETS including those w/Aaron Neville. Great interviews Mr. Smiley. Perhaps another with Linda?

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