Celebrating The Greatest Names In Rock 'N Roll
In the early eighties, millions flocked to Hollywood to pay homage to its rich television and film history, while no one had taken the time to honor the industry and individuals that were on the cutting edge of changing the face of America. Everyone had forgotten the music.
In November of 1985, the void that the city of Hollywood had neglected for so many years, was finally filled by immortalizing those individuals and groups who had helped change the face of 20th Century music by creating Hollywood's RockWalk®.
Dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk® became a reality on November 13, 1985 with inaugural inductions of Stevie Wonder; Eddie Van Halen; Peavey Amplifier founder Hartley Peavey; Creator of the Gibson Les Paul guitar Ted McCarty; Martin Guitar founder C.F. Martin III; Marshall Amplifier creator Jim Marshall; and synthetic drum head designer Remo Belli. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre (now Guitar Center Hollywood) Hollywood's RockWalk® has honored such creatively diverse and equally as accomplished individuals and groups such as Aerosmith, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, KISS, Les Paul, John Lee Hooker, The Moody Blues, Phil Ramone and Smokey Robinson.
Unlike Hollywood's Walk of Fame, which allows the public to submit nominations for future inductees, all Hollywood's RockWalk® inductees are chosen solely by past honorees. The individual or group receiving the most first place votes is designated as Hollywood RockWalk's® next inductee. In this way, inductees are chosen by real "music authorities," those who would best be able to gauge his or her contribution to Rock 'n Roll history.
Truly dedicated to those who have made a significant contribution to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk® celebrates the greatest names in Rock 'n Roll, and is a tribute that every music fan must experience.