Grammy Hall Inducts Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Kris Kristofferson’s Debut Album

The Recording Academy Adds 27 Recordings

Dolly Parton’s pleading 1973 single “Jolene” and Kris Kristofferson’s poetic 1970 album Kristofferson have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Folk guitarist Doc Watson’s self-titled album from 1964 has also been added to the registry.

According to the Recording Academy, the annual honor “acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance.”

With 27 new titles, the list currently totals 960 and is on display at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

This is Parton’s second song to join the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her 1974 single “I Will Always Love You” was inducted in 2007. Meanwhile, Watson’s 1964 single “Black Mountain Rag” was inducted in 2006.

Other newly added singles include Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” (1969) and the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” (1969), as well as Run-D.M.C.’s “Walk This Way” (1986) and B.J. Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969).

Among the albums joining the list are George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass (1970), U2’s The Joshua Tree (1987) and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush (1970), as well as the soundtracks to Mary Poppins (1964) and Woodstock (1970).

Other artists with recordings added to the list this year include Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, James Brown, Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra, Chicago, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, the Drifters, Gil Scott-Heron, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Charlie Parker Septet, the Sugarhill Gang, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and War.

In addition, the Grammy Hall of Fame’s 40th anniversary is being commemorated with a collector’s edition book. The Grammy Awards will air live on Jan. 26 on CBS.