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CLEVELAND – In a surprise move early Thursday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that six more bands will be inducted at the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland.

The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles will now be inducted along with the previously announced inductees Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces/The Faces, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns.

The front men of these famous groups have already been inducted in to the hall of fame in previous years: the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent was inducted in 1998), the Comets (Bill Haley was inducted in 1987), the Crickets (Buddy Holly was inducted in 1986), Famous Flames (James Brown was inducted in 1986), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard was inducted in 1990) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson was inducted in 1987).

The addition of these six groups was born out of a special Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee review to identify which groups should be recognized along with the original lead singer inductee.

“These inductees are pioneers in the development of the music we call rock and roll,” said Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in a press release Thursday. “As part of our mission to recognize the most impactful, innovative and influential artists in rock, the committee brought forth these six groups that belong in the Hall of Fame.”

The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Cleveland and premiere on HBO in May. The 2012 ceremony is open to the public (although tickets to the event are sold out). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum will also broadcast the ceremony live for the public to watch.

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