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The Bosses' Men Induct The King's Men

March 28, 2009 | People

E Street Band rhythm section members Max Weinberg (drums) and Garry Tallent (bass) will induct Elvis Presley collaborators DJ Fontana (drums) and Bill Black (bass) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Black and Fontana will enter the hall, in the sideman category, at an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. Other members of the class of '09, with their inductors listed in parentheses, are: Metallica (Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Pepper); Run-DMC (Eminem); Jeff Beck (Jimmy Page); Bobby Womack (Ron Wood); and Little Anthony and the Imperials (Smokey Robinson).

Keyboardist Spooner Oldham will also be inducted as a sideman (by Paul Shaffer), while Wanda Jackson will enter the hall as an early influence (inductor not named yet). The Cleveland hall will open a new exhibit, "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen," on April 1

Source:Elvis Unlimited
Steve V wrote on March 28, 2009
Neat & thank you. The Boss always says good things about Elvis and Max loves DJ!
Ruthie wrote on March 28, 2009
I am so happy for DJ & Bill's children. I was lucky to get a ticket even if it is in the nose bleed section. I can hardly wait!
sitdown68 wrote on March 29, 2009
Wish Elvis had been home the day the Boss jumped the fence...Imagine Elvis singing "Backstreet" from the Born To Run album
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on March 30, 2009
If only the "Boss" had met Elvis,he would have put him on the right road.
dgirl wrote on March 30, 2009
The story goes that Bruce had written 'Fire' for Elvis in 1977 but never was able to get it to him. Robert Gordon instead took it and recorded a great rockabilly version of it which RCA really tried to push after Elvis died but of course The Pointer Sisters had the big hit with it. The Boss Im sure would have given Elvis some tremendous material, but Elvis was so out of touch in rock and roll he probably never even heard of him.
sitdown68 wrote on March 30, 2009
oh what a pitty. "Fire" would have fitted elvis' singing perfectly. Bruce has a tremendous feeling for what was elvis musically and vocalwise...This song along with the cancelled January Session which included other great songs among them Rainy Night in GA...What an album...There would have been no need at all for FJ to record the concerts though in search something worthy to be published wish wasn't out there yet via other live recordings. But he did, so at least we have some sound files of that last half year...He should have been a year off with people who knew how to take care, if Ray Charles made it, why not Elvis...Life easely can slip out of our hands...
PalmSpringsNewsguy wrote on March 30, 2009
Wouldn't it be nice if The boss and Scotty Moore could jam with DJ and Max and Garry Tallent.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on April 01, 2009
Quite right dgirl.........(:-)