All inducted songs
"I was given the lyrics to the show, not all at once, but they gave me about ten and then they kept writing new ones. I set them all to music."
  • Year Inducted: 2003
  • Written In: 1967
Gerome Ragni Lyricist
James Rado Lyricist
Galt MacDermot Composer
© Photo Credit:MacDermot Music_Kilmarnock Records
Boston Pops Orchestra
Everly Brothers
Charlie Byrd
Cast of Hair
Engelbert Humperdinck
Diana Ross & The Supremes
Born and raised in Montreal, MacDermot grew up as the son of a Canadian diplomat.

In 1967, at the age of 38, he wrote the music for the groundbreaking show Hair. The show was such a hit in Canada that the Toronto production, at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, grossed over $1-million in the first 3 months. Following the success of Hair, MacDermot adapted his score for the big screen and teamed up with veteran director Milos Forman to bring the popular and controversial musical to life.

Establishing a new style for musicals and spawning several imitators, Hair reflected the concerns of the hippie culture in North America during the 1960s. Hair received a Grammy composer’s award in 1968 for best score from an original-cast show album. A medley of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In was a major hit in 1969 as recorded by the Fifth Dimension.

Aquarius - performed by Tobi Legend Lark with members of the Original 1969 Toronto cast of Hair
"Aquarius" was performed by Canadian soul and gospel singer Tobi Legend Lark and other original members of the 1969 Toronto cast of the musical Hair at the 2003 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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