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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out, and North Carolina is represented

In this June 27, 1985, file photo, Nina Simone performs at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Simone is among first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In this June 27, 1985, file photo, Nina Simone performs at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Simone is among first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AP

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s nominees for its class of 2018 are out, and it features two prominent North Carolinians: the late singer Nina Simone and late guitarist Link Wray. And you can help vote them in.

This is the first time on the ballot for Simone, the Tryon native known as “The High Priestess of Soul.” Helping her public profile is “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” the acclaimed 2015 documentary that picked up an Academy Award nomination last year. Simone died in 2003 at the age of 70.

Wray, who was born in Dunn and is best known for 1958’s proto-garage hit “Rumble,” has been on the Hall of Fame ballot a couple of times in recent years – and garage-rock partisans and Dunn’s city fathers have been lobbying for years to get him in. There even was a Facebook page for the effort: Induct Link Wray into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!

Wray, who died of heart problems in 2005 at age 76, was born Frederick Lincoln Wray Jr. in Dunn in 1929.

Link Wray
Link Wray, who was born in Dunn, N.C., and is best known for 1958’s proto-garage hit “Rumble,” is nominated for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Overall, some 19 acts ranging from Bon Jovi to The Zombies are on the ballot. The primary voters are the hall’s official voting body of about 900 artists, historians and industry members.

But online fan votes enter into it, too. The complete list of nominees is below; you can cast your vote by Dec. 5 at rockhall.com/vote.

The winning inductees will be announced in December, with the induction ceremony scheduled for April 14, at the hall in Cleveland.

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

▪ Bon Jovi

▪ Kate Bush

▪ The Cars

▪ Depeche Mode

▪ Dire Straits

▪ Eurythmics

▪ J. Geils Band

▪ Judas Priest

▪ LL Cool J

▪ MC5

▪ The Meters

▪ Moody Blues

▪ Radiohead

▪ Rage Against the Machine

▪ Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

▪ Nina Simone

▪ Sister Rosetta Tharpe

▪ Link Wray

▪ The Zombies

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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