Well here we go again, April 18th and the inductees please..... SRV, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Bill Withers, and Green Day. Ringo gets an Award for Musical Excellence and The R&B group The Five Royals for Early Influence.
Now let's see who they passed up again IMO. Journey, ELO, Deep Purple, Moody Blues, Kate Bush and Dick Dale. Wait!!... The best heavy metal band of all time never got in again...Jethro Tull!!lol I'll go with SRV he should have been in there, but Green Day! If it wasn't for four letter words what would he have to say to the audience?
Remember this is only a discussion, so anyone you pick is your opinion only. No fights please.lol
Deep Purple dumped twice! That's a joke. Yes have been dumped too. King Crimson won't even get a look in. All these are extremely influencial bands and have as much right to be there as SRV and certainly Kiss.
It certainly does help to be American to get in and overall the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a bit of a joke. However its kind of like a club that everyone else is a member of and you want to be too.
After so many 'so so' bands being inducted and so many 'sure shots' being skipped,,,, what does it mean anymore? There's nothing definitive or authoritative about it anymore. I think Deep Purple are a 1st tier band that should have been one of the first to get in. Aerosmith might be fine but they're definitely a 2nd tier band that could have waited.
Not to mention many that shouldn't be in there at all....
Friend: My favorite Beatles song is Band On The Run.
Me: It's not a Beatles song.
Friend: Wot! That guy, that guy, Paul McCartney sings it right?
Friend: Alright! That one is my favorite Beatle song.
...and Bill Withers, with only one hit that I can remember. Do you think there will be a lot of boo's when these people go up there to get their award? I think the local grocer will sell out of tomatoes that night. lol
After much thought, I don't know that being American gives you a better chance of being in the Rock Hall, as it is having big hits in America. I am sure that a lot of British acts had several hits in Britain that were not played here in the US.
Sort of like in Louisiana, where there were several acts who had a string of local hits in New Orleans (Benny Spellman, Irma Thomas, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Ernie K-Doe, various solo Neville Brothers) or north Louisiana (Uniques, John Fred), but had no national hits, or perhaps one big hit.
Besides "Lean on Me," Bill Withers hit with "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me," and a few other minor hits, and sang lead of Grover Washington Jr.'s "Just the Two of Us."
Ok for Bill's other hits, he just wasn't my type of music, but you put him up against Whitney Houston, Barry White or Mary Wells. Those would have been my choices ahead of him. Of course that's only my opinion and I guess 'The Rock' hasn't heard me yet.lol
Oh, I really liked Mary Wells. Besides "My Guy," there was "You Beat Me to the Punch," "The One Who Really Loves You," and several others. She was really good in 1962 (the latter two songs) and has been all but forgotten, compared to the other Motown artists.
My favorite out of all those Motown greats was Tammi Terrell! Her and Marvin Gaye had 7 Top 40 hits. I'll never forget the day she died because it was on my birthday! She was just 24! What a great loss and I still miss her whenever I think about her.