Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Missing From Country Music Hall of Fame (Updated 2016 Inductees)

The process to get into the Country Hall is somewhat similar to the Rock Hall.  A nominating committee of 12 puts forth 10-20 names, which are voted on by 100 (or so names).  One act is chosen from 3 categories every year: Veterans Era (40 years after achieving "national prominence").  Modern Era (20 years after achieving "national prominence").   Non-Performer, Songwriter and Recording/Touring Musician categories rotate every 3 years.

Below are a list of artists, session musicians, songwriters, etc., that have yet to be inducted:

Lynn Anderson
Asleep At The Wheel
Clint Black
Brooks & Dunn
Tony Brown
Archie Campbell
June Carter Cash
Rosanne Cash
Rodney Crowell
Steve Earle
Freddy Fender
Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock)
Dallas Frazier
Crystal Gayle
Johnny Gimble
Vern Gosdin
Guy Clark
Johnny Horton
Judds
Buddy Killen
Jerry Lee Lewis
Patty Loveless
Lyle Lovett
Maddox Brothers and Rose
Jimmy Martin
Anne Murray
Gram Parsons
Johnny Paycheck
Curly Putnam
Eddie Rabbitt
Jerry Reed
Charlie Rich
Don Rich
Linda Ronstadt
Doug Sahm
Billy Joe Shaver
Ricky Skaggs
Stanley Brothers
Ray Stevens
Gary Stewart
Tanya Tucker
Townes Van Zandt
Jerry Jeff Walker
Gene Watson
Dottie West
Keith Whitley
Hank Williams Jr.
Dwight Yoakam

Side note:  In 2001 the Hall, realizing a backlog existed, inducted 12 members.  While some wish they would induct more than 1 member from each category, they've stuck with that number since 2001.


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Playlist for 3/28

Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
Rihanna - Anti
Emitt Rhodes - Rainbow Ends
The Move - s/t   ('68)
Three Decades of Classic Novelty Hits - Various  (Eric Records)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Top 20 Poll of The Smiths

Time for another Poll, this one on the Smiths.  A superb band.  Near the top of my fave's of the 80's.  

Rank the Top 20 songs plus list their 5 best albums (compilations included).

1.  How Soon Is Now
2.  Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
3.  Panic
4.  Girlfriend In A Coma
5.  There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
6.  Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
7.  This Charming Man
8.  Boy With The Thorn In His Side
9.  Bigmouth Strikes Again
10. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
11. Plesae, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
12. Hand In Glove
13. Ask
14. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
15. William, It Was Really Nothing
16. Shakespear's Sister
17. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
18. Sheila Take A Bow
19. Queen Is Dead
20. I Know It's Over

Albums
1.  Queen Is Dead
2.  Smiths - s/t
3.  Sound Of The Smiths
4.  Louder Than Bombs
5.  Strangeways Here We Come


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Playlist for 3/22

Wolfmother - Victorious
Love - False Start/Out Here/Four Sail
BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind
John Scofield - Past Present
Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics

Friday, March 18, 2016

Playlist for 3/18

Frank Zappa - Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar
Hamilton - Cast Recording
Cecile McLorin Salvant - For One To Love
Snarky Puppy - Sylva
Steeldrivers - Muscle Shoals Recordings

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Should Have Been A Top 10 Hit - Poll (2016)

This is from a Facebook group I'm part of called H&z Rock's I.R.S.  They do a Poll every year asking which songs should have made the Top 10.  You can list as many as you want.  I was going to stop at 100, but then became shocked  to find out some songs I thought were Top 10's (Five Satins, Skyliners, etc.) didn't make it.  Eventually I had to stop because the list could have gone on forever, but I'm open for suggestions.  I also tried not to list too many songs by one artist (Elvis, Elton John, etc.) that missed the Top 10. 

1.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
2.  Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
3.  Tiny Dancer - Elton John
4.  Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again - Fortunes
5.  Take It Easy - Eagles
6.  Always and Forever - Heatwave
7.  At Last - Etta James
8.  Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
9.  In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
10. I Melt With You -  Modern English
11. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
12. To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
13. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
14. Baby I Need You Loving - Four Tops
15. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
16. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
17. This Magic Moment - Drifters
18. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
19. Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
20. Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
21. Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
23. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares
24. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
25. What I Like About You - Romantics
26. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
27. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
28. Sex Machine - James Brown
29. Operator - Jim Croce
30. Holiday - Madonna
31. Disco Inferno - Trammps
32. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
33. I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
34. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
35. Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
36. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
37. Hold On I'm A Comin' - Sam & Dave
38. SOS - Abba
39. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
40. Super Freak - Rick James
41. All My Loving  - Beatles
42. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
43. Fever - Little Willie John
44. For The Good Times - Ray Price
45. It's A Shame - Spinners
46. Wild Night - Van Morrison
47. Lies - Knickerbockers
48. Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley
49. Piano Man - Billy Joel
50. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
51. Walking In The Rain - Ronettes
52. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
53. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
54. Sincerely - Moonglows
55. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
56. So Very Hard To Go - Tower of Power
57. Just What I Needed - Cars
58. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
59. River Deep-Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
60. Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills
61. Wild World - Cat Stevens
62. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
63. Baby I Love Your Way (live) - Peter Frampton
64. Into The Night - Benny Mardones
65. Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt
66. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
67. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
68. Undun- Guess Who
69. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & The Raiders
70. Faithfully - Journey
71. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
72. Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers
73. I've Been Lonely Too Long - Rascals
74. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
75. You Are My Lady - Freddie Jackson
76. Strange Magic - ELO
77. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
78. Games People Play - Joe South
79. Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers
80. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) - Spinners
81. My Mistake - Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
82. Rock and Roll All Nite (Live) - Kiss
83. Let's Spend The Night Together - Rolling Stones
84. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
85. Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues
86. Steppin' Stone - Monkees
87. So Far Away - Carole King
88. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
89. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
90. People Get Ready - Impressions
91. It's My Life - Animals
92. Let's Have A Party - Wanda Jackson
93. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
94. Killer Queen - Queen
95. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
96. Having A Party - Sam Cooke
97. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
98. Oye Como Va - Santana
99. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting - Elton John
100. Slow Ride - Foghat
101.  Tequila Sunrise - Eagles
102.  This Is It - Kenny Loggins
103.  Sad Sweet Dreamer - Sweet Sensation
104.  Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
105.  (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
106.  Misunderstanding - Genesis
107.  Fool (If You Think It's Over) - Chris Rea
108.  Green, Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones
109.  I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Peebles
110.  Bad Luck - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
111.  Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley
112.  More Love - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
113.  Through The Years - Kenny Rogers
114.  Look Of Love - ABC
115.  Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
116.  Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys
117.  Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
118.  Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
119.  Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
120.  Flash Light - Parliament
121.  Bitter Sweet Symphony - Verve
122.  Somebody To Love - Queen
123.  Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
124.  It's A Miracle - Barry Manilow
125.  Every Time I Think Of You - Babys
126.  Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
127.   Love Takes Time - Orleans
128.   Barracuda - Heart
129.  Rockin' Roll Baby - Stylistics
130.  Serpentine Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire
131.   Bluer Than Blue - Michael Johnson
132.  Look Through Any Window - Hollies
133.   Baby Blue - Badfinger
134.   White Wedding - Billy Idol
135.  Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
136.  Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
137. Pay To The Piper - Chairmen of the Board

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Playlist for 3/13

Earth, Wind & Fire - Electric Universe
Mavis Staples -  Livin' On A Hight Note
George Jones - Picture of Me/Nothing Ever Hurt Me
Willie Nelson - Summertime
Loretta Lynn - Full Circle/Coal Miner's Daughter/Fist City/Don't Come Home A Drinkin'/Your Squaw Is On The Warpath
Rick Springfield - Rocket Science

Friday, March 11, 2016

Playlist for 5/11

Procol Harum - s/t, Shine On Brightly, Home, In Concert with Edmonton Symphony 1971

Thursday, March 10, 2016

R&B Artists & The Rock Hall (Updated 2017 Inductees)

In the last 6 years, the Rock Hall has inducted 3 R&B oriented acts. Bill Withers in 2015.  Donna Summer in 2013 and Darlene Love in 2011.  In those 5 years the NomCom has put forth 14 names on the ballot:  Chantels, Chic, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, J.B.'s, Darlene Love,  Marvelettes, Meters, Spinners, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, War, Bill Withers, Chuck Willis.  Summer got in the year after she passed away.  Love was put in after 3 tries.  And Nile Rodgers was given the Musical Excellence Award in 2017. The list of R&B names that have been left out in the cold is pretty impressive.  To their credit, the NomCom is at least trying. Most ballots average 3 to 4 R&B acts.   Below are a list of names that deserve more attention from the NomCom and voters.

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Ashford & Simpson - Could also be considered in the Songwriter category.  One big Pop hit on their own, but a string of excellent albums in the late 70's/early 80's.  Recording career underrated.  But it's as songwriters where they were remembered most.  

Brook Benton - Benton was a chart presence from the late 50's to early 70's with a bunch of memorable hits that often crossed over to the Pop charts.  Somewhat overlooked by Rock historians, but his music still gets plenty of airplay.   7

Jerry Butler - Here's an interesting one.  Butler is in with the Impressions. His time there was brief.   His solo career was more distinctive.   Definitely one of the kings of Chicago Soul.   7

Chantels - One of the first Girl Groups, most likely hurt because they only had 4 Top 40 Pop hits.  But they have been nominated twice before.  The last in 2010.   6

Chi-Lites - Eugene Record might be the most overlooked R&B name of the 70's.  He Produced and either wrote or co-wrote their greatest records.  And Chicago Soul is an overlooked genre anyway.  4

Clovers - First record came out in 1951, so they could be an Early Influence inductee.  A group I think most thought were already in.  Charted before label-mates the Drifters, and had just as many great hits.  8

John Coltrane - Miles Davis' induction got a lot of people talking about how he had nothing to do with "Rock and Roll".  Coltrane's would do it even more.  Miles at least incorporated some Rock elements, yet Coltrane's last records were just as experimental.  6

Commodores/Lionel Richie - They skirted the Funk category before Lionel steered them toward  hit ballads.  Lionel's solo career alone is worth a nod, but the Commodores (along with Earth, Wind & Fire) were the biggest crossover R&B group of the 70's.  Both:  8

Roy Brown-  His "Good Rocking Tonight" was covered by Elvis and you can here his vocals picked up by the likes of Jackie Wilson, B.B. King and other a in the the 50's.  Early Influence. 8

Gap Band - Charlie Wilson might be the most exciting lead singer in an R&B band you will ever see.  And their hits were great too.  Big influence on Hip-Hop, but voters might think they didn't have enough Pop hits.  6

Herbie Hancock - Will we ever see another Jazz artist inducted.  Miles Davis was the last one.  But Hancock's own career saw him also stradling the line between Jazz/R&B and some Rock.  7

Billy Preston -  Not just for his own hits, but for his session work. Having played with almost every current Hall of Famer, he'd be a strong first or 2nd ballot inductee.  9

Gil Scott-Heron -
An influence on Hip-Hop artists even though his own records never became big sellers.  But a well-loved name in the R&B/Rap field.  7

Whitney Houston - The most influential and biggest Pop stars ever, she might be considered too Pop for some backward-thinking voters.  But there's no denying her legacy.  Just ask Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys or any other female R&B singer that came after her.  9

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes/ Teddy Pendergrass - Outside of the O'Jays, Melvin were the 2nd biggest act on Philly International.  With just enough crossover hits that voters could get behind.  Pendergrass' solo career was even more spectacular.  Until his auto accident he was the biggest male R&B act.  Hall & Oates are right.  The Rock Hall is lacking in Philly Sound artists.  Both:  7

Janet Jackson - One of the  biggest female Pop stars from the mid-80's/mid-90's.  Might suffer from voters thinking she was only as good as her producers (Jam/Lewis on most songs).  Nominated in 2016.  9

Rick James - Until Prince came along, James was the craziest R&B star on the planet.  His R&B/Funk mixed with Rock made for some powerful moments.  He faded in the mid-80's though before coming back near his death in 2004. But a key influence on Hip-Hop.     6

J.B.'s - Surprise nominees in 2016, more famous as James Brown's backing band in the early 70's then for their own funk records.   7

Ben E. King -  King, who died in 2015, is already in as a member of the Drifters.  But he had a good solo career as well.  Charting from the early 60's to mid-70's.  9

Kool & The Gang - Started out as a pioneering Funk band before charting numerous Pop hits in the 80's.  Such a long-running presence that it's amazing they've never received a nomination.  8

Patti LaBelle -  Not enough Pop hits, but with her group Labelle she had a magical one.  First started charting in the 60's.  And let's face it, there's no other female R&B singer as exciting to watch as her.  8

Nina Simone - Although mostly thought of as a Jazz singer, she cut plenty of R&B tracks, even Blues ones.  Her status has grown since she passed away in 2003.   9

Marvelletes - You know that old joke about the Hall:  eventually every Motown and Atlantic act will get inducted.  But there's a reason for that, they were all great.  Here's another one whose only problem may have been that they were somewhat anonymous. But I think they were one of the all-time great Girl Groups. And the magic of Motown could get them in.   Nominated in 2013/2014.   8

Percy Mayfield - He wrote "Hit The Road Jack" and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". Had hits of his own in the 50's and has had his songs covered decades later.  An overlooked Early Influence.  7

Meters/Neville Brothers/Aaron Neville - The Meters have been nominated 3 times.  Last in 2014.  They could just as well go in as a backing band.  Not having enough Pop hits has probably hurt them.  The Neville Brothers have never even been nominated, which is a NomCom travesty.  Like Dr.John they are a New Orleans institution that would go in first-time on the ballot. I doubt it will happen, but they could just nominate Aaron as a solo act, if they skip the Brothers.   How have they slipped under the NomCom's nose?   (Meters) 8  (Aaron)  9  (Neville Brothers) 9

Ohio Players - The best funk band of the mid-70's.  Had 2 #1 Pop hits, but may have faded out too soon for voters to remember their peak years.   4

Lou Rawls - Rawls made a great comeback in late 70's thanks to Gamble & Huff.  And it's those years that made him a household name.  But his first hits were in the mid-60's.  Could be his records are a little to jazzy for some.   7

Rufus with Chaka Khan - The best, if not most powerful female R&B singer of the late 70's/mid-80's, Chaka is the star of the show.   Nominated once in 2012.  And solo in 2016.    8

Sade - No doubt she took the Quiet Storm format to another level when she broke through in the 80's.  Could be a tough sell though, since R&B female singers have a tough time getting in.  6

Spaniels - Funny how everyone thinks Doo-Wop has enough names already inducted.  But here's one that slipped by everyone.  They had a unique lead singer in James "Pookie" Hudson and their records were widely influential as the years went on.  First records came out in 1953, so another Early Influence possibility.  6

Spinners - They didn't record for Gamble & Huff, but thanks to the genius of Thom Bell their sound was pure Philly Soul.  First started making records in the 60's, but it wasn't until Phillipe Wynne joined in the early 70's that they hit their stride.  The greatest R&B group of the early 70's.  Nominated in 2012/2013/2016.  8

Stylistics - Like the Spinners, the Stylistics made their greatest records in the early 70's with Thom Bell.  Russell Thompkins Jr.'s falsetto was a force of nature, and the groups best songs were as smooth a Philly Soul as any other act of that time was producing.  7

Joe Tex - Already nominated 4 times.  Anytime he gets on the ballot their are smarmy remarks by people who don't know how great he was.  He had crossover hits and his talk-singing was wholly unique when couple with his best hits.  Underrated, and I give the NomCom credit for bringing his name up every few years.  8

Rufus Thomas - A legend in Memphis as a DJ and his local records, he finally hit the national charts in the 60's when he signed with Stax. One of the most-liked figures in R&B history. 8

Luther Vandross - The biggest R&B singer of the 80's.  Vandross' main selling point was his incredible voice.  Had some crossover hits, but maybe too much a presence on the R&B chart for some voters to remember them by.  7

Jr. Walker & The All Stars - Another Motown artist, but at least Walker's records weren't too coated in Pop.  "Shotgun" itself typified what Walker was trying to get too with his records. Bonus points for the sax solo on Foreigner's "Urgent".  4

War - Nominated thrice, the last in 2014.  Put on a War record and you were bound to hear a mix of everything:  R&B, Funk, Rock, Latin.  They were one of the biggest bands in the mid-70's.  And in Latino and Hip-Hop circles, quite influential.   7

Billy Ward & The Dominoes -  Could be Early Influence as first records were in 1951. Once nominated in 1997 (as the Dominoes).  Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson were once part of the Dominoes and their records had crossover appeal, long before the big Rock and Roll boom of 1956.  But would be puzzler to most voters today.   9

Wynonie Harris - Another Early Influence name.  He first record was in 1945.  Harris made some of the most rocking R&B of the pre-Rock era.  Elvis covered "Good Rockin' Tonight".   Definitely an "unsung hero of Rock and Roll."    9

Dionne Warwick - I've heard it said that if she had stopped making records in 1970 she would be inducted already.  But she didn't and it's those Pop hits in the late 70's/early 80's that have made her seem too Pop for some.  But those Bacharach/David hits in the 60's are her recorded legacy.  8

Mary Wells - Nominated twice, but way back at the dawn of the Rock Hall in the 1986 and '87.  Wells has been hurt because her chart time was too brief that not even her Motown years has helped get her back on the ballot.   7

Diana Ross - She may not stand a chance getting in as a solo act, because the Supremes were so iconic, but she had a spectacular run on her own.  Factor in her Oscar-nominated performance in Lady Sings The Blues, her many Pop Top 40 hits and Diana turned out to be one of the biggest Pop stars of the 70's.   6

Barry White -  Some of the most lush, smooth dance records of the 70's came from White.  He crossed over with just about every record he put out during his peak years.  Often gets labeled as a Disco artist which is unfair.  He influenced that genre.  But his orchestral arrangements also reached many a R&B act in later years.   8

Chuck Willis - Nominated 6 times, the last in 2011 (after being left off the ballot since 1990).  Before he died in 1958, made some classic sides for Atlantic.  First records in 1951, so should be an Early Influence candidate. The NomCom keeps bringing him up, but voters don't know anything about him.   8

Johnnie Taylor - One of the signature voices during Stax's heyday.  Taylor had a long career (over 40 years) singing Gospel, Deep Soul, Disco and then in the 80's until his death, Chitlin' Circuit Soul.  Kind of underrated, but had the hits and longevity to make a good case for induction.  7


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

R.I.P. George Martin

The "Fifth Beatle".  No question that George Martin guided the Beatles along their amazing journey with Production flourishes that were laced with genius touches.
But in remembering Martin, I'm going to list 20 excellent non-Beatles productions.  Before 1962, Martin made a name for himself producing Comedy, Classical, show tunes, etc.  But when he met the Beatles everything changed.  Yet, even during the Beatles heyday, Martin was still producing other artists.

Below is a ranked list, of albums and singles that George Martin produced (or co-Produced) during and after his run with the Fab Four.

1.  "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney
2.  "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey
3.  Tug Of War - Paul McCartney
4.  "Sister Golden Hair" - America
5.  "Ferry Across The Mersey" - Gerry and the Pacemakers
6.  "Say Say Say" - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
7.  Blow By Blow - Jeff Beck
8.  "Bad To Me" - Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
9. "Tin Man" - America
10. "Night Owls" - Little River Band
11. "You're My World" - Cilla Black
12. Wired - Jeff Beck
13. "Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" - Jimmy Webb
14. "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" - Gerry and the Pacemakers
15. "Daisy Jane" - America
16. All Shook Up - Cheap Trick
17. "Take It Easy On Me" - Little River Band
18. "No More Lonely Nights" - Paul McCartney
19.  American Flyer - s/t
20. Apocalypse -  Mahavishnu Orchestra
21. "Candle In The Wind 1997" - Elton John
22. "Portrait of My Love" - Matt Monro
23. "Morning Desire" - Kenny Rogers
24. "How Do You Do It" - Gerry and the Pacemakers
25. "Lonely People" - America

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R.I.P. John Morthland

There have been quite a few books that have played a part in my musical journey across the genres.  Books written by Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh,  Peter Guralnick, Nelson George, record review ones by Robert Christgau, The Rolling Stone History of Rock books.  And many others.

Near the top of that list was 1984's Best of Country Music by John Morthland.  A wonderful history of Country Music up to that point, told through reviews of what Morthland considered the genres best 750 records.   No other book written on Country music shaped my views like that one. And in 1984 my knowledge of that genre, when it came to its history, wasn't that great.

John Morthland died yesterday.  I was friends with him on Facebook and was always delighted at what he recommended on his page.

Morthland did much more than write about Country music.  He wrote about other genres for Rolling Stone and Creem.  Edited a Lester Bangs anthology.  

Read this Interview  from the early 00's for a better bio.

But make sure you track down the Best Of Country Music.  It can be had for a great price at the usual places.  Oddly enough, the book was never updated nor reissued.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

New Wave/Alternative/Indie & The Rock Hall

Some Alternative acts that have been nominated:  Cure, Replacements, Smiths, Nine Inch Nails.  All still waiting for induction.   Alt-Rock inductees have included Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and R.E.M.   On the New Wave side:  Blondie, Police, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads and the Pretenders have been inducted. But the Cars, Duran Duran and Devo aren't in. Give the NomCom some credit, they are peppering the ballots with names from these genres.

So, here's a list of New Wave/Alternative/Indie acts that are eligible as of the 2017 Induction ceremony.
I've also rated their chances from 1-10.

Alice In Chains - As the NomCom considers the 90's, acts like this will be getting a good look.  Not as big as Nirvana/Pearl Jam/Soundgarden, but they seem to be just as fondly remembered.  But I'm beginning to wonder if the Grunge label is as poison as the Disco label.  6

Bad Brains - Legendary Hardcore Punk with a devoted following, that also happens to be loved by many of the acts they influenced who are in the Hall:  Beastie Boys, Chili Peppers.   6

B-52's - The ultimate New Wave party act, which is a description that might be hurting their chances of getting nominated.  Some big hits, which always helps with voters.  7

Bjork - Her first solo album came out in 1977.  It's possible that she'll be too quirky for some.  But no discounting her influence on many future female musicians.  8

Black Flag - Henry Rollins has become even more well-known than his pioneering band of L.A. punk rockers.  If the Hall ever gets around to the Punk genre again, then Black Flag will get a serious look.  7

Blur - One of the King's of the Brit-Pop 90's era.  But not much success in the U.S.  Still, Damon Albarn has managed a good career outside of his Blur work.  But they won't get on the ballot for awhile.   6

Kate Bush -  Might be a bigger influence than Bjork on future female acts, even if Bjork has had the longer recording career.  She's a revered figure and should get a nominations someday.  7

Buzzcocks - Although they turn up on Punk comps, the Buzzcocks could also lay claim to being alt/indie rock heroes.  Hooky, mostly short songs that blow right past any of their competition.  4

Cars -  Finally nominated in 2016, consider them New Wave/Classic Rock.  Seems like they had lots of support their first time out.  Expect them to be back on the ballot again.  8

Culture Club - Boy George was one of the biggest Pop stars on the planet for a few years in the 80's.  Kind of a mix of New Wave and Pop on their first releases.  6

Cure -  Nominated in 2012, Robert Smith was the King of Goth Pop.  They had just enough hits that voters should know them by now.  Hopefully, next time on the ballot, many more will come around.  8

Depeche Mode - Like the Cure, Depeche Mode had just enough hits that they can't be labeled with the dreaded "big in England, not the States" tag.  And they are still around.  So, longevity should mean something.   7

Devo - Like the B-52's, they suffer from being too much of a novelty.  Despite a strong back catalog, and influential sound, they will need a strong advocate on the NomCom to push them through.  6

Duran Duran - No doubt hurt by their teen idol image, but their was no mistaking their popularity in the 80's.  Still, I wonder if the NomCom, let alone voters, will think they were too lightweight for the Hall.   7

Eurythmics - Here's a puzzling omission.  Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart racked up lots of hits in the 80's, and Lennox even had a successful solo career.  More women in the Hall?  So why they haven't been nominated yet is a pathetic mystery.   9

Flaming Lips - Maybe too "out there" for some, but they are still around and still viable.  More popular as a live act than as a recording one.   6

Fugazi - Can you imagine Ian MacKaye's reaction to getting nominated for the Rock Hall?  It won't happen anytime soon, but this is the most independent/underground group on this list.  4

Hole - Courtney Love is one of those divisive musical figures.  Many will feel she cashed in on Kurt Cobain's success.  But you can't deny the facts.  Her band was one of the most popular in the mid-90's and an inspiration to future rock and roll women.  7

Husker Du - Alt-Rock with a dash of pop hooks. They didn't have much commercial success to go with the critical love, but did manage a run of great mid-80's records.    

Billy Idol - Thanks to MTV, Idol became one of the biggest male Rock stars of the 80's.  That hurt him with critics, but like Pat Benatar, his hits have endured.  6

INXS - Lots of hits.  But they remind me of other bands from the past who had tons of hits that can't get in (e.g. Three Dog Night, Doobie Brothers, etc.)   6

Joe Jackson - Jackson stood out from his New Wave songwriter contemporaies by releasing an eclectic batch of albums.  But that kept him just off the charts long enough that his chances are slim.  4

Jam - Ok, don't kill the messenger.  I'm not glad to say this, nor am I the first.  But are acts like this "too British" for the Rock Hall.  Sure, Paul Weller is a God overseas, but in the U.S. the Jam weren't that big.  Weller is still knocking out good records, and the Jam's legacy has grown since the 80's.  I hope they get a nomination someday.  But I'm not hopeful.  6

Jane's Addiction - One of the staples of the alt-rock format in the late 80's/early 90's.  But it's his role as founder of Lollapalloza that Perry Farrell might best be remembered for.   7

Howard Jones - Another act that got an assist from MTV and became a popular mid-80's act.  Faded after the 80's, though.   3

Joy Division -  Small discography = major influence.  The fate of Ian Curtis all over their albums.  "Love Will Tear Us Apart" remains an apocalyptic single.    7

Cyndi Lauper - Inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 2015, Lauper would seem to be a good contender for the Rock Hall, too.  She's So Unusual fits in with New Wave and until the late 80's she was charting hits.  8

Living Colour - Mixing up Punk/Hard Rock/R&B, their debut album is considered a classic.  Didn't maintain that momentum, but for a short while in the late 80's/early 90's they were one of the best Rock bands around.  6

Midnight Oil - Had 5 albums out before hitting in the U.S. in 1987 with "Beds Are Burning".  Not enough success will keep them at a Hall distance.  4

Minutemen - Just as the band was reaching mainstream audiences, D. Boon died at age 27 in 1985. But their 80's records still hold up and has kept their Indie/Punk/Alternative legend intact.  6

New Order - Featuring three members of Joy Division, they actually have had a bigger career, and arguably a bigger influence than that revered group.  Dance music meets rock and roll.   7

Nine Inch Nails - Nominated twice in a row (2015, 2016), their induction could either be imminent or they could languish on  the ballot for years.  But Trent Reznor is well-liked throughout the industry that I think they will get in soon.  8  

Sinead O'Connor - One of the most admired and influential female voices,  Not afraid to do her own thing, which caused her a sizable audience, she kept pushing boundaries as most great Rock stars do.  8 

Pavement - Revered 90's act.  That College Rock sound you heard since the 90's owes something to this band.  But see my blurbs on Sonic Youth, Pixies and you will get an idea of how tough it will be for acts like this to get inducted.  6

Pet Shop Boys -  Still around today, this duo's sound was an extension of the oft-derided Disco era,  Which means you could dance to them, and that's not always popular with the Rockists.  But just enough hits that a nomination doesn't seem a stretch.  6

Pixies - Being an influence on Kurt Cobain won't be enough.  Don't seem big enough for the NomCom.  6

Pogues - As Rolling Stone describes it, Irish Folk meets the Clash.  Not big sellers, but well-remembered, and they had that sound all to themselves for quite awhile.  5

Psychedelic Furs - One of those 80's bands whose hits get lots of play on 80's oldies channels, and were generally loved by critics.  Slightly under the radar for Hall consideration though.  5

Rage  Against the Machine - Stormed out of the gate with their 1992 debut and peaked with their 3rd album in 1999.  This should be interesting, though, now that Tom Morello is on the NomCom.  But they will get nominated pretty quick.  9

Replacements - Despite being critical faves in the 80's, it was kind of a shock to see them nominated in 2014.  But critical success, and their reputation as one of the last great American Rock Bands,  might not be enough to get them inducted.  6

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Led by Siouxsie Sioux, they were one of the first and  most successful punk-goth bands of the late 70's/80's.  Sioux was a captivating and colorful lead vocalist.  4

Smashing Pumpkins - Hugely popular and they weren't.  And Billy Corgan hasn't mounted the type of resurgence that could get them in.  Will get nominated, but induction could be years away.  6

Smiths - Too British?  Who knows?  But no denying how influential they were to bands on both sides of Ocean.  Nominated two years in a row (2015,2016), so good on the NomCom for keeping them around.  7

Sonic Youth - As big a critical favorite that is listed on this page.  Lots of classic albums, no big singles.  But if critical fave Los Lobos can get nominated, then Sonic Youth could appear someday.  7

Soundgarden - Getting lumped in with the Grunge era, they were more hard rock than that.  Seems like they are just a notch below Nirvana/Pearl Jam on the NomCom's definition of iconic 90's rock and roll.   7

Squeeze - One of the most critically-acclaimed Alt-bands of the 80's.  Just missing the big hits that could get them a serious look.  5

Tears for Fears - Broke through in the U.S.  after releasing a #1 U.K. album.  But their discography thins out after their breakthrough.   4

Uncle Tupelo -  One of the most acclaimed of the alt-country bands that came from the early 90's.  A critical favorite, but Jeff Tweedy's Wilco has a much better chance than this one.   5

X - Kind of forgotten, but they were one of the best reviewed bands to come out of the early 80's Los Angeles Punk scene.  6

ICYMI.  Here's a link to 8 other genres and their artists that could and should be Hall inductees/nominees:

Looking at 7 Genres & The Rock Hall

Suggestions, complaints, etc.
email:  tmlane12@gmail.com

This was a suggested blog post:  Thanks David.


Saturday, March 05, 2016

Playlist for 3/5

Miles Davis - At Newport 55-75
Vince Gill - Down To My Last Bad Habit
Bonnie Raitt - Dig In Deep
Wynonna & The Big Noise - s/t
Luther Dickinson - Blues & Ballads
James Hunter Six - Hold On

Friday, March 04, 2016

Rock Hall Wish List (Updated 2017 Eligibles)

For those of you on Spotify, here's a link  Rock Hall Wishlist
to my Rock Hall Playlist, which has a song or two by every act listed below.

Listed in alphabetical order:

Afrika Bambaataa
Ashford & Simpson
B-52's
Bad Company/Free
Bangles
Barry White
Ben E. King
Big Star
Billy Preston
Billy Ward & The Dominoes
Bon Jovi
Brook Benton
Captain Beefheart
Cars
Chaka Khan
Chantels
Charley Patton
Chic
Chubby Checker
Chuck Willis
Clovers
Commodores
Conway Twitty
Cure
Cyndi Lauper
De La Soul
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Devo
Dionne Warwick
Dire Straits
Doobie Brothers
Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet
Duran Duran
ELO
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emmylou Harris
Eric B. & Rakim
Gap Band
Gary "U.S." Bonds
Gil Scott-Heron
Glen Campbell
Go-Go's
Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers
Harry Nillson
J. Geils Band
J.J. Cale
Janet Jackson
Jerry Butler
Jim Croce
Jimmy Buffett
Joan Baez
Joe Cocker
Joe Tex
Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio
Johnny Winter
Jordanaires
Journey
Judas Priest
Junior Wells
Kate Bush
Kool & The Gang
Kris Kristofferson
LL Cool J
Link Wray
Little Feat
Los Lobos
Lou Rawls
Love
Luther Vandross
MC5
Marvelettes
Mary Wells
Mitch Ryder
Monkees
Moody Blues
Motorhead
Mott The Hoople
Neil Sedaka
Neville Brothers/Meters
New Order/Joy Division
New York Dolls
Ohio Players
Pat Benatar
Patsy Cline
Patti LaBelle
Paul Revere & The Raiders
Pearl Jam
Pet Shop Boys
Peter Tosh
PJ Harvey
Procol Harum
Raspberries
Replacements
Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention
Rick James
Roxy Music
Shangri-La's
Sinead O'Connor
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Smiths
Sonic Youth
Sonny & Cher
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Spaniels
Spinners
Steppenwolf
Steve Earle
Stylistics
Teddy Pendergrass/Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
Thin Lizzy
Three Dog Night
Todd Rundgren
Tommy James & The Shondells
Toots & The Maytals
Tribe Called Quest
Turtles
War
Warren Zevon
Whitney Houston
Willie Nelson
Wynonie Harris
Yes
Zombies

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Music Years Of My LIfe: 1976

This was the year.  1976.  Many things happened that birthed my love of music in 1976.  We had two AM Top 40 radio stations on the Monterey Peninsula.  Every week, both published a Top singles weekly chart.  There wasn't much difference between the two, but I picked them up whenever I had a chance.  These charts proved handy, because I still hadn't read a copy of Billboard.  Interesting note:  one of those stations would give away the weekly Top 10 if you were the lucky caller and could name them.  I happened to win twice.

At this stage I knew all about the Billboard charts because I listened to Casey Kasem's American Top 40.  We moved to California in 1975.  Before that AT40 was on the Armed Forces Network in Germany.  I heard it every week.  But when we moved that became more of a chore.  The only station that played the show was in San Francisco, and my radio had problems picking up its signal.  Still, I did the best I could.  I'd often catch the show at different points, but I always listened as long as I could.  And I kept a journal where I wrote down as many of the hits I would hear every week.  But it wouldn't be until the summer of '77 until I got my hands on a copy of Billboard.  I've been an off and now on again subscriber ever since. It was the first magazine I ever subscribed to (until Rolling Stone in 1978).

In 1976 I'm twelve years old and AM radio was the only frequency I visited.  I knew of FM radio.  We had a local Gospel/Soul channel on FM that my sister would check out. It would play R&B hits you never heard on the Pop charts.  It was another ear-opener.  And she also listened to an FM station out of San Jose that would play the latest hits. But on my own, I was still an AM listener.

I should also point out how important American Bandstand and Soul Train were to my musical upbringing.  Both came on back-to-back on Saturday mornings.  I would catch them when possible, when not playing sports or doing something else.  Soul Train was the bigger revelation, since they showed and played records that didn't always cross over to the Pop charts. 

But one night I was flipping through the AM dial and came upon an Album countdown show.  The only way I knew of the best selling albums was through my local paper, which published the weekly Billboard Top 20 albums and singles.  The show was called the National Album Countdown, a weekly Top 30, and it had just launched in '76 (ran until '85).  Because of my paper's Top albums list, I knew of these albums, and most had singles in the Top 40.  But there were others.  Names I didn't know like Bob Marley, Jeff Beck, a Bob Seger live album, Led Zeppelin's Presence.  What was this and why haven't I heard of any of it?  I still hung on to AM radio even after this revelation, but I finally figured out what FM radio was all about.  It would be a few years before I started listening to AOR, but that barely remembered Countdown show would make my Hall of Fame of syndication.
 And little did I know then, but I was hearing the future of Classic Rock radio.  In 1976 radio was filled with Peter Frampton, Boston, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller, Heart, ELO,  Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Queen, Steely Dan, Eagles, Aerosmith, etc. 

Yet, every thing that happened during this year had a bearing on how I became a music junkie:  winning the Top 10 weekly singles, the AM radio countdown sheets, that lone R&B station in my town,  my continued pursuit of American Top 40, the National Album Countdown.

What all of this did was shape my eclectic listening tastes that I now have.  It was a glorious musical year.  A Bicentennial year also. But my love of AM Top 40 was birthed in 1976.  Which is why I still love most of the chart hits from the last Golden Age of Top 40 radio.  The 1970's.

For those of you on Spotify, I've put together a playlist of my favorite songs of 1976:
1976 Spotify Playlist




Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Non-Performers, Sidemen & The Rock Hall (Updated 2017 Eligibles)

Producers, songwriters, executives, DJ's (plus a couple of session players) and whoever else had something to do with Rock history.  Below are some names that the Rock Hall has forgot or will get to eventually.  I've decided again to rate their chances from 1-10.  I'm open for suggestions on names that are missing.  tmlane12@gmail.com

Lew Chudd - Imperial Records founder from  1946-1964, which eventually had Aladdin and Minit Records under its wing.  At Imperial Chudd, along with Dave Bartholomew, signed Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson and other R&B and Pop acts.  Bartholomew was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1991.   7

Rick Rubin - Co-founded Def Jam records, which made its impact with many influential hip-hop artists.  Later started American Recordings.  There he produced Johnny Cash's comeback records.  As a producer beyond hip-hop and Cash, Rubin had amazing success with a bunch of artists.   10

Russell Simmons - Along with Rick Rubin, he co-founded Def Jam Records.  Even more so than Rubin, and probably anyone else, Simmons brought hip-hop into homes beyond urban areas through his clothing line, films, TV shows, etc.  10

Robert John "Mutt" Lange - A songwriter and Producer hit machine, Lange was the one many artists turned too when they wanted hit records.  Def Leppard, AC/DC, Foreigner, Cars, Billy Ocean,  Bryan Adams, etc.  In the late 90's he conquered Country music with his then wife Shania Twain.  9

Phil Ramone - Co-founded A&R Recording studios where as an engineer he helped advance recording techniques.  It was as a Producer on records by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand and others that he became famous.   8

Bernie Taupin - Wrote almost every Elton John hit in the 70's.  And then continued writing with him off and on from the 80's forward.  Elton was the biggest male solo act of the 70's and Taupin's lyrics had a lot to do with those songs becoming hits and classics.  9

Brian Eno -  His solo records in the 70's could qualify him as a performer, but it's as a Producer/writer on records by Talking Heads, David Bowie and U2 where Eno's reputation has endured.  10

Giorgio Moroder - One of the greatest Producer's during Disco's heyday.  His work with Donna Summer continues to influence to this day.  Had many movie soundtrack hits as well.   8

Arif Mardin - Quite possibly, the most underrated music Producer/Arranger ever.  Started his career in the Jazz field, but when he started Producing and arranging albums by Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Rascals and many others, he cemented his place in Pop music history.   7

Burt Bacharach & Hal David - Bacharach wrote the melodies, David the lyrics, and together, until 1970, they wrote and Produced some of the greatest Pop records of the era.  Their songs weren't just covered by other Pop singers, but Rock artists as well.  8

Thom Bell & Linda Creed - Producer, Songwriter, Arranger.  Bell was a Philly Soul triple threat.  At Philly International, his arrangements of Gamble & Huff's classics helped define the Philly Sound.  On his own, his production and songwriting credits (with Creed) on the Stylistics & Spinners classic 70's albums have proven timeless.  8

Ashford & Simpson -Could be contenders in the Performing category, but their credentials as songwriters is equally strong.  Legendary hits for Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Ray Charles. Many oft-covered classics.   8

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis - One of the most successful R&B songwriters/Producers ever, it was there work with Janet Jackson that made them famous.  Yet, before working with her in 1986, they were already writing hits for other artists.  8

Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong- As Producer on many of the Temptations late 60's/early 70's hits, Whitfield and co-writer Strong pushed the Motown sound beyond its Pop roots and more towards the sound of the era.  Post-Motown, Whitfield scored Disco/Old School hits with Rose Royce.  7

Willie Mitchell - Took over Hi Records in 1970, and soon his Production and songwriting work with Al Green began crossing over to the Pop charts.  His productions on those Green sides proved to be influential with many other Soul records from that era.   9

Lee "Scratch" Perry - Maybe he didn't invent dub, but he took it farther than any other Reggae producer.  A prolific recording artist, it's his production work on tons of Reggae records that made sealed his reputation as an eccentric genius.  8

Sylvia Robinson - In the 50's she was part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia.  Had a solo hit in 1973.  But it was as co-founder of Sugar Hill Records that her legacy remains.  That label helped popularize Rap music on to the national charts.   7

Gloria Stavers - As editor-in-chief of 16 magazine, she was one of the first women rock journalists. Also photographed many of the musicians that appeared in the magazine.  8

Rick Hall - A songwriter, Producer but most famous as the owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  It was there that Hall helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and where artists from Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge recorded some of their biggest hits.  In the early 70's he had Pop hits with the Osmonds and Tom Jones.   8

Phil Walden - Co-founded the Southern music label Capricorn Records.  Started his career as manager for many Soul acts.   7

Bob Johnston - An in-house Producer at Columbia Records.  Produced 5 Bob Dylan LP's from 65-70. Also Produced classics by Simon & Garfunkel, Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash.   9

Neil Bogart -As head of Casablanca Records, he helped push Disco (with his signings of Donna Summer and the Village People) into the mainstream.  Also signed Parliament and KISS.  Before that he was an executive at Buddha Records.   8

Jimmy Iovine - Interscope Records founder, but it's his Production work in the late 70's/80's that made him. Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, U2, Dire Straits and Bob Seger are just some of the names he worked with.  And he co-founded Beats by Dre, whose ubiquitous headphones could be seen over many a music fans ears.  8

Bob Pittman - Founded MTV.   8

Don Cornelius - Soul Train founder, who helped put the sound of R&B into every home within a TV set.  10

Wolfman Jack - Along with Alan Freed and Casey Kasem, the Wolfman was one of the most famous DJ's in Rock history.  His syndicated shows were all about energy and his big personality.  8

Casey Kasem - Co-founded American Top 40 countdown show in 1970.  The show brought different genres of the Billboard Top 40 together.  Syndicated throughout the world, Kasem, outside of Wolfman Jack, was the most popular DJ in the 70's.  8

John Peel - One of England's greatest DJ's, who championed many different genres.  9

George Goldner - Founded numerous record labels in the 50's and 60's. As a Producer and Promoter,  those labels and his knack for finding talent resulted in hits for Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Chantels, Dixie Cups, Shangri-Las, Little Anthony & The Imperials.    8

Owen Bradley -  Perhaps Country music's greatest Producer.  Behind the boards on those hits by Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Conway Twitty among others.  An architect of the "Nashville Sound" which helped Country music cross over to the Pop charts.   7

Ralph Peer - Peer's field recordings in the 1920's of Blues & Country acts opened up those genres to wider audiences, which had a future impact on Rock & Roll.  He discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.  And later published numerous classics through his publishing company.  8

Tom Wilson - Produced mid-60's Bob Dylan albums.  Early Simon & Garfunkel, Velvet Underground, Mothers of Invention and others.  Before those he Produced Jazz LP's for Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and others.   7

Joe Meek - He was more than just "Telstar".  Often said to be the British Phil Spector, Meek was constantly pushing the boundaries of early 60's Production techniques.  6

Bob Crewe - Although most famous for co-writing a bunch of Four Seasons hits in the 60's, he also produced hits for Mitch Ryder, the Toys ("Lover's Concerto"). Add to that co-writing "Lady Marmalade", "Silhouettes" and the Tremeloes' "Silence Is Golden", and Crewe remains an unsung figure in Rock history.

Ralph Gleason - There are no Rock critics in the Hall, unless you count Jann Wenner. Although Lester Bangs is the most famous,  Gleason is often considered the first and most important.  His main love was Jazz, and that's where he wrote most of his pieces. He even co-founded the Monterey Jazz Festival.  In 1967, he and Wenner started Rolling Stone and he started writing more about Rock music.   6

James C. Bracken, Vivian Carter & Calvin Carter- James and Vivian founded Vee-Jay records which housed Jerry Butler & the Impressions, Dells, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Four Seasons and many more (even distributed, for a time, the first Beatles album).  One of the first successful Black-owned labels.  Calvin was Vee-Jay's A&R man and Producer.  8

Hubert Sumlin -
One of Rolling Stone magazine Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, Sumlin's legacy rests with his legendary work as Howlin' Wolf's guitarist.  9

Carol Kaye - A session musician who has slipped through the Hall cracks.  Bassist/Guitarist who played on many Phil Spector and Beach Boys sessions.  As well as records by the Monkees, Joe Cocker, Ritchie Valens.  A member of the L.A. based "Wrecking Crew".   10

Memphis Horns - Played on tons of Stax sessions.  Also played on non-Stax sessions for Elvis Presley, Al Green, Robert Cray and others.  9

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Played on many early Atlantic sides for Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett.  Once they founded the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio they began to cut classic sides with the Rolling Stones, Staple Singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc.  8

Irwin Steinberg - Mercury Records co-founder who later was CEO of Polygram for 30 years.   8

Herb Hardesty - Played saxophone on just about every Fats Domino song in the 50's/60's, and also did session work for many other New Orleans musicians.   7


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