Induction of the Meters into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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Considered by many to be the founding fathers of funk, The Meters created a unique sound that lasted through the sixties and seventies and was reborn in the late eighties. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.

Between 1967 and 1969, they recorded three LPs (as well as four consecutive hit singles, which all reached the Top 10 on the R&B charts.) From 1971 to 1978 The Meters recorded five albums on the Warner/Reprise label. Simultaneously, the band was widely heard playing on albums by Dr. John, Robert Palmer, King Biscuit Boy, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Paul McCartney & Wings, and others. In 1975, the Meters performed at a party for Paul and Linda McCartney aboard the Queen Mary in California. Shortly thereafter, The Rolling Stones requested that The Meters join them as an opening act on their (1975) American Tour and (1976) European tours-over 75 dates were played between both tours.

The group disbanded in 1979, but has had several reunion shows and tours since then.

The Meters have maintained an avid following of fans and other artists, and their music has been sampled by musicians around the world, including rap artists Heavy D, LL Cool J and Queen Latifah. The Red Hot Chili Peppers pay homage to them in one of their hit songs, and bands such as the Grateful Dead, KVHW, Steve Kimock Band, Widespread Panic, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic and String Cheese Incident often played their music.

We believe that the group's own recordings, their session work with several notable musicians, their influence on other musicians and the fact that their recordings have been sampled by Hip-Hop and Rap artists extensively provide more than ample justification for our recommending their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(Biographical information above is excerpted from the band's official web site, http://www.themetersonline.com/biography.html)

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