Best Soul Tribute: Steve Cropper Honors The "5" Royales
In his induction speech, Booker T. & the M.G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper noted the Hall's decision to include the "5" Royales was long overdue — a point later echoed by surviving family of the vocal R&B group, whose original members (John Tanner, Eugene Tanner, Lowman Pauling, Jimmy Moore and Obadiah Carter) have all died. Still, as Fred Tanner, Eugene and John's brother, noted in his acceptance speech, the spirit of the music lives on.
"We didn't really know the impact [the music] would have on people like James Brown and Ray Charles," said Tanner, interviewed backstage. "I was a young kid, just getting out of high school and college and. . .I didn't know the impact it was having. I look back now and say, 'What if? What if they would have known?'"
There's certainly a greater awareness now.