The E Street Band
"Bruce hand-picked the band one guy at a time," Steven Van Zandt explains about the E Street Band: "We existed for him to realize his vision." Since 1973, the E Street Band has backed Bruce Springsteen while also developing their own reputation for powerful and unique live performances.
By the Numbers: Drummer Max Weinberg told the Telegraph that on any given night, Bruce makes up around 1/3 of the set spontaneously – which means that the band knows "every song we've ever played, without rehearsal," Weinberg attests.
“The E Street Shuffle”
In 2010, Peter Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the rock band Genesis. Four years later, he receives the same honor, this time as a solo artist. Known for his heartfelt songs and his humanitarian activism, Gabriel's ambitious career has made him an icon.
By the Numbers: Gabriel's album "So" was ranked #187 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
"In Your Eyes"
Hall & Oates
"Hall and Oates has the type of success that can actually be taken for granted," notes presenter Questlove, "One of the hardest things to do is just write a simple three-minute pop song." Daryl Hall and Jon Oates are famous for their innovative and passionate singles.
By the Numbers: The duo has scored 34 songs on the 'Billboard' Top 100.
"You Make My Dreams"
What does guitarist Ace Frehley hope Kiss is remembered for? "It's the theatrics; it's the makeup; it's the costumes… and the music, of course." The band's signature live shows spawned an enormous fan following. Presenter Tom Morello testifies that Kiss "made everyone who loved that band want to pick up an instrument."
By the Numbers: Kiss has sold over 40 million albums in the United States.
"I Was Made For Lovin' You"
"Rock And Roll All Nite"
"Detroit Rock City"
Nirvana was "definitely at the beginning of something very powerful that was happening," said presenter Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl helped usher in Seattle's grunge scene. Twenty years after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain, the band's influence remains undeniable.
By the Numbers: The group's album 'Nevermind' sold 30 million copies worldwide and spent 253 weeks on 'Billboard's top 200.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
"Come as You Are"
"Linda really put so much of great songwriting on the map," performer Bonnie Raitt says. As a singer who was instrumental in the country rock movement, Linda is remembered for her popular interpretations. "We're only as good as the material we sing," Raitt adds, "Linda was really preeminent in the field."
By the Numbers: Linda has sung on over 120 albums and won Grammy Awards in four separate categories, including country and pop.
"Don't Know Much"
"You're No Good"
A singer-songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1970s, Cat Stevens changed his name to Yusuf Islam and stepped away from performing in 1977. While his conversion to Islam ignited controversy, he reemerged years later as a staunch humanitarian with a legacy of resonant folk songs.
By the Numbers: During the height of his popularity, Stevens sold 40 million albums in 12 years.
"Father And Son"
Andrew Loog Oldham
Andrew Loog Oldham was only 19 years old when he started managing the Rolling Stones. "It took a lot of balls to become the manager of a band who's older than yourself," presenter Peter Asher observes: Andrew "had a tremendous and vivid understanding of the youth culture of the time."
Brian Epstein served as the manager of the Beatles from 1962 until 1967. "Everything the Beatles did, he really tried to make it different than anything anyone had ever did before," presenter Peter Asher notes. "Brian was one of the first managers to really think in the long term."