Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Top 25 Rock Hall Snubs (Personal) & Other Thoughts (Updated 2017 Rock Hall Inductees Announcement)

Below is a list of my personal Top 25 Rock Hall snubs as of the 2017 Inductee Announcement. Ask me in a month from now, and the rankings could change.   If you don't see your favorite artists listed, then they are probably included on my never-ending  Rock Hall Wish List .

1.  Spinners
2.  Janet Jackson
3.  Neville Brothers/Meters
4.  Roxy Music
5.  Joe Cocker
6.  Gram Parsons
7.  Commodores
8.  Joe Tex
9   Kool & The Gang
10. Moody Blues
11. Monkees
12. War
13. Cars
14. Barry White
15. Warren Zevon
16.  Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
17.  Neil Sedaka
18.  Smiths
19.  Chaka Khan
20.  Dionne Warwick
21.  Harry Nilsson
22.  Chuck Willis
23.  Bad Company/Free
24.  Whitney Houston
25.  Marvelettes

Okay, time to talk about the headache that is the Early Influence Category.  And begin a Veterans Committee. 
Since the 2000 class, there have been 3, yes 3, Early Influence inductees.  And two of those, Wanda Jackson and Freddie King were part of the performer ballot.
Before 2000, the Hall was averaging two EI acts a year.  Yes, they had to play catch up with history. The field was wide,  with many worthy names to pick from.
But not everybody got included in the pre-2000 bounty.
I've begun to believe that all artists who first recorded in the 1950's should be included in a new category.  Scrap the Early Influence name and put those artists before a Veterans Committee. Similar to what sports Halls of Fame do with acts that were overlooked by the main voting bloc.  Call it what you want, but I think good old Veterans Committee sounds about right.

But wait a minute. That brings up another debate.  Is it fair to put a Sister Rosetta Tharpe (first record 1938) against the Chantels (first record 1957)?  Maybe you divide the 50's Rock era candidates with the pre-50's ones?  I wouldn't let anyone leave the NomCom meeting until we figure this out.  Which is a better alternative than what they are doing now.

As far as the main NomCom ballot,  I think it was foolish to put the Chantels on the same ballot with the Stooges, KISS and LL Cool J.  Which is what happened in 2010.  And 6 time nominee Chuck Willis' last nod in 2011 had him listed with Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, and yes, LL Cool J.  On the 2017 ballot, Joe Tex was amongst 18 other names.  All more well-known then him.  I just don't think voters know much about Willis or the Chantels or Tex.  As good old Jann Wenner said, voters tend to stick with what they know.

Veterans Committee  In keeping with my ideas listed above, these are just some names that could fit under the change from Early to Veterans picks.

Rock era 50's:
Patsy Cline - First record in 1955.
Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio - 1956
Neil Sedaka - 1957
Chantels - 1957
Link Wray - 1956
Joe Tex - 1955
Clovers - 1950
Nina Simone - 1958
Big Mama Thornton - 1951
Billy Ward & The Dominoes - 1951
Sonny Boy Williamson II  (Rice Miller) - 1951

Pre-50's era:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Wynonie Harris
Charley Patton
Carter Family
Ella Fitzgerald

Early 60's:
Chubby Checker - 1959
Marvelettes  - 1961
Lesley Gore - 1963
Dick Dale - 1959

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