Saturday, October 06, 2012

Albert King's Nomination

So, Albert and Freddie King cut released their first records in the early 50's.  Albert in 1953, Freddie in 1956 (although he cut sides earlier), yet Albert is being put on the Nominee list just as Freddie did last year.  

Freddie ends up getting inducted in the Early Influence category, thereby giving the Hall a chance to induct another name.  Frankly, we don't know how all this went down last year.  Whether Freddie had the votes to get in, or if he didn't, and the Hall decided to put him in the EI category by default.

Yet, the thing with Albert is crazy.  Ever since they inducted Wanda Jackson as an EI, and she too was on the nomination ballot that year, the category has been redefined by the Hall.  So, the question becomes will the Hall slot Albert in the EI category or not this year.

Frankly, I could never understand how Albert King was not in the Hall.  He was a major influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan, that's for sure, and many other Rock guitarists too.  Just like Freddie King was.
It's possible we will get no SRV nomination until Albert gets inducted. 

So, I'm torn when I say this, but I don't care how they get him in there, EI or as a 6th nominee, but just get him in there.  He is as worthy as any other name on this year's ballot.

And because I'm gambling that they might do a Freddie with Albert, my own ballot will reflect that.  
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