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Hall of Fame inducts Ramones, Petty

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Dec 14, 2001 | 8:34am EST

Without question, punk rock ruled the day when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's inductees on Thursday.

New York's rebellious quartet The Ramones, famous for igniting the punk revolution in the early '80s, will be inducted one year after frontman Joey Ramone died from lymphoma at age 49. The Talking Heads, another punk-inspired band, will be inducted as well.

On a more mainstream note, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, together for 26 years, received a well-deserved induction, as did R&B smoothie Isaac Hayes, '50s singer Brenda Lee and country/rock crooner Gene Pitney.

The induction ceremony will take place on March 18 in Manhattan and will be broadcast on March 20 on VH1.

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