New Orleans music icon Dr. John is one of 15 nominees for the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday.
The Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for induction, with plans to reveal those selected as inductees in December, with a ceremony slated for March in New York City.
To be eligible for the hall, an act must have released its first batch of music at least 25 years ago.
Dr. John, whose real name is Mac Rebennack, is a multiple Grammy award winner, whose brand of New Orleans funk and rhythm and blues has earned him a following worldwide.
Just this past week, the New Orleans recording studio, Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studios, where Rebennack recorded many of his early hits as a backup and solo performer, was named a Rock and Roll landmark by the Hall of Fame.
If Rebennack is inducted into the Hall of Fame, he will join a who’s who of New Orleanians who have been previously inducted: Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, Earl Palmer, Dave Bartholomew, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair and Jelly Roll Morton.
Other nominees for 2011 honors include Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Donna Summer. Some of this year’s other nominees have been up for the honor before, including Summer, Darlene Love, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.