Kathy Valentine and the Go-Go’s enter the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame
On Saturday night, iconic rock band the Go-Go’s will be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame 15 years after first being eligible.
In May, when the inductees list was released, Austinite Kathy Valentine, the band’s bassist, called the honor “the crowning of a career that started here in Austin, in the clubs here.”
In 1981, “Beauty and the Beat”, the group’s boisterous debut, reached the top of the Billboard charts, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. It was a historic achievement. The group represented the first all-female group to have written all of their own songs and played their own instruments to claim the top spot.
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When we met Valentine backstage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, she quickly noticed that there were many other all-female groups before the Go-Go’s, but her group was the first to have international success.
“Focusing” on the revolutionary nature of the band’s success is natural, but Valentine said it tends to overlook the music itself.
“We wrote music that truly transcends and has been going on for decades,” she said. Her college-aged daughter’s friends love Go-Go. Kids love Go-Go’s. Grandmothers love Go-Go.
“For me, this is an extraordinary thing,” she said. “Besides being the first to be # 1, I mean, there aren’t many bands that broke out in 1981 that have music that has managed to transcend so many years.”
Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Jay-Z, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charlie Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads and Clarence Avant will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in addition to the Go- Go’s.
The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and will include appearances by Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Lionel Richie. It will not air live, but will air at a later date on HBO and HBO Max.