Neil Diamond had been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for several years but never got a nomination to join music’s prestigious club.
But he was never really worried about it. “I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they’d get around to me at some point,” he said.
That point came on Wednesday, as the 2011 class for the Cleveland hall was revealed. Diamond, whose hits include Sweet Caroline, made the list along with the Alice Cooper Band, Dr John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits.
It took three tries before Love, best known for hits such as (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry and her work with producer Phil Spector and the Blossoms, was approved for the hall.
An enthusiastic Love said: “I can actually breathe. Finally it’s done. It still hasn’t hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I’m still excited.”
The excitement will have to wait for some: Bon Jovi, nominated for the first time, was turned away from the hall, as was LL Cool J, the J Geils Band, the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer and more.
Alice Cooper’s name had been mentioned in conjunction with the attraction for years, but the shock rocker had not been nominated until this year. Like Diamond, Cooper said he wasn’t anxiously waiting.
“You know it crosses your mind, but then you think of all the guys who aren’t in there, some of them before you, and you go, ‘Wow’. You realise that it’s a waiting game.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony is scheduled for March 14 in New York City.