Ian Hunter’s Piano Enters Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Legendary Mott the Hoople front man and renowned solo artist Ian Hunter has donated the baby grand piano he composed his celebrated song “Cleveland Rocks” on to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The precious cargo was delivered Wednesday morning from Hunter’s home in Connecticut.  The piano will be on loan to the Rock Hall for at least two years and is installed in the Ahmet Ertegun Exhibition Hall, next to ZZ Top’s Eliminator Hot Rod.  “It’s a great thing for us to have, given how identified ‘Cleveland Rocks’ is with the city,” said Jim Henke, the museum’s chief curator to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  In the same newspaper piece Hunter hinted at his motivation for offering the instrument to the museum in classic Ian Hunter fashion: “It was cluttering up the place.”

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