Friday, December 30, 2016

Tom's Top Reissues of 2016

1.  Elvis Presley - RCA Albums Collection/Way Down In The Jungle Room
2.  Move - Shazam  (reissue)
3.  Deniece Williams - Essential Niecy (BBR)
4.  Beatles -  Live at the Hollywood Bowl
5.  Porter Wagoner - Definitive Collection
6.  Paul Thorn - Best of
7.  Johnny Frierson -  Have You Been Good To Yourself (Light In The Attic)
8.  Kris Kristofferson - Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection
9.  Highwaymen - Very Best of/Live:American Outlaws
10.  Pylon - Live
11.  Wayfaring Strangers Cosmic American Music - Various  (Numero)
12.  Hillbillies In Hell - Various  (Light in the Attic)
13.  Jack White -  Acoustic Recordings 1996-2016
14.  Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy  (BBR reissue)
15.  Aloha Got Soul - Various
16.  Otis Redding - Live at the Whiskey A Go Go: Complete  (reissue)
17.  Mose Allison - Song Stylings Of: 57-71
18.  Pink Floyd - Early Years 67-72

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tom's Top Songs of 2016

1.  Work From Home - Fifth Harmony
2.  All Night - Beyonce
3.  Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell
4.  Stay A Little Longer - Brothers Osborne
5.  My Church - Maren Morris
6.  Hunble and Kind - Tim McGraw
7.  Cheap Thrills - Sia
8.  Come Down - Anderson.Paak
9.  24K Magic - Bruno Mars
10. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd
11. Three Kids No Husband- Brandy Clark
12. Vice - Miranda Lambert
13. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
14. L.A. Woman - Frankie Ballard
15. Keep it Between The Lines - Sturgill Simpson
16. Lazarus - David Bowie
17. Heaven Sent - Parker Millsap
18. Mrs. Victoria - Jesse Dayton
19. Stuck In The South - Adia Victoria
20. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan
21. What It Means - Drive-By Truckers
22. Me & Magdalena - Monkees
23. Hands Over Time - Margo Price
24.  Formation - Beyonce
25.  Record Year - Eric Church
26.  Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
27.  True Sadness - Avett Brothers
28.  Your Best American Girl - Mitski
29.  Shut Up And Kiss Me -  Angel Olsen
30.  Head Over Boots - Jon Pardi
31.  Lonely Girl - Charles Kelley
32 . 80's Mercedes - Maren Morris
33.  One Of Us - Dawes

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tom's Top Albums of 2016

1.  Brandy Clark - Big Day In A Small Town
2.  Parker Millsap - Very Last Day
3.  Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night
4.  Miranda Lambert - Weight of These Wings
5.  Maren Morris - Hero
6.  Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
7.  Sturgill Simpson - Sailor's Guide To Earth
8.  Beyonce - Lemonade
9.  Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
10.  William Tyler - Modern Country
11.  Monkees - Good Times
12.  Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
13.  Jonny Fritz - Sweet Creep
14.  Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
15.  Elizabeth Cook -  Exodus of Venus
16.  Drive-By Truckers - American Band
17.  Lori McKenna - Bird & The Rifle
18.  Lake Street Dive - Side Pony
19.  A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here
20.  Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
21.  Anohni - Hopelessness
22.  1975 - I Like It When You Sleep
23.  Janiva Magness - Love Wins Again
24.  Bonnie Raitt - Dig In Deep
25.  Anderson.Paak - Malibu
26.  Robert Ellis - s/t
27.  St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Sea of Noise
28.  Aaron Neville- Apache
29.  Solange - Seat At The Table
30.  Angel Olsen - My Woman
31.  William Bell - This Is Where I Live
32.  Kelsey Waldon - I've Got A Way
33.  Time Jumpers - Kid Sister
34.  Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
35.  Adia Victoria - Beyond The Bloodhounds
36.  Amanda Shires - My Piece of Land
37.  Loretta Lynn - Full Circle
38.  Mayer Hawthorne -  Man About Town
39.  ABC - Lexicon of Love II
40.  Allen Toussaint - American Tunes
41.  Norah Jones - Day Breaks
42.  Todd Snider - Eastside Bulldog
43.  Becky Warren - War Surplus
44.  Aubrie Sellers -  New City Blues
45.  Alicia Keys - Here
46.  Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming
47.  John Legend - Darkness and Light
48.  Paul Cauthen - My Gospel
49.  John Prine - For Better or Worse
50.  Teenage Fanclub - Here
51.  Vince Gill - Down To My Last Bad Habit
52.  Frankie Ballard - El Rio
53.  Southern Family - Various
54.  Ian Hunter - Fingers Crossed
55.  Steve Gunn - Eyes On The Lines
56.  Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
57.  Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love
58.  Okkervil River - Away
59.  Charles Bradley - Changes
60.  Wilco - Schmilco
61.  Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
62.  Kacey Musgraves - Very Kacey Christmas
63.  Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life
64.  Cody Jinks - I'm Not The Devil
65.  Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night

Sunday, December 25, 2016

RIP George Michael

George Michael was ready for rediscovery.  His last studio album came out in 2004.  Since then were sporadic new songs, another hits compilation and a live album from his 2011-12 tour.
Sadly, his death at age 53 will no doubt have many looking at his back catalog with fresh ears.

George Michael was one of the biggest Pop stars of the 80's.  On the same playing field with Michael Jackson, Prince & Madonna.  He was that big.  As with most mega-stars, Michael's star began to fall after his peak years.  Fights with Sony over how his 1990 album Living Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was being promoted in the U.S. led to a court case against the label that he lost in 1994.  Health and personal issues kept him in the news, but not in a good way.   Still, people never forgot his great hits, which continued to get played on a variety of channels.  In 2016, he was a nominee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  His passing should give him a new look from the Rock and Roll Hall as well, even though Pop acts don't fare as well there.   Michael wasn't just a great Pop stars, he was also one of the very best Blue-Eyed Soul singers.

Musically, Michael will be remembered as a master craftsmen.   He may have disappeared off of our radar for years at a time, but whenever a Wham or Michael solo song came on the radio,  you kept hoping he had one more great moment in him.

George Michael Discography 

For George Michael's albums you start with Faith, Living Without Prejudice and Wham's breakthrough Make It Big.  From there check out Older and Amazing.  For Wham, try their last one Music From The Edge of Heaven and the compilation Final.
Michael had 2 Greatest Hits albums released in his lifetime:  Ladies and Gentlemen and the more recent Twenty Five.  Both are great.

My Top 30 George Michael Songs

1.  Father Figure
2.  Careless Whisper
3.  I'm Your Man
4.  Wake Me Up before You Go-Go
5.  Everything She Wants
6.  Freedom '90
7.  Fastlove
8.  I Want Your Sex
9.  Faith
10.  Last Christmas
11.  Battlestations
12.  I Knew You Were Waiting   (w/Aretha Franklin)
13.  Freedom
14.  Praying For Time
15.  One More Try
16.  Heal The Pain
17.  Bad Boys
18.  Edge Of Heaven
19.  Different Corner
20.  Waiting For That Day
21.  Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me  (w/Elton John)
22.  As  (w/Mary J. Blige)
23.  Hard Day
24.  They Won't Go When I Go
25.  Amazing
26.  Monkey
27.  Somebody To Love  (w/Queen)
28.  Jesus To A Child
29.  Kissing A Fool
30.  Outside

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Village Voice Pazz + Jop (Critic's Poll) Ballot

Once again I've voted in the Village Voice Pazz + Jop Poll.  Only they've changed the name to the more generic, Music Critic's Poll.  Let's hope they go back to the original Poll title.

Anyway, I will post the results when they are published in late January 2017.  Until then here's my Top 10 Albums/Singles ballot that I sent in:

1.  Brandy Clark - Big Day In A Small Town
2.  Parker Millsap - Very Last Day
3.  Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night
4.  Miranda Lambert - Weight of These Wings
5.  Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
6.  Maren Morris - Hero
7.  Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
8.  Beyonce - Lemonade
9.  Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
10. Monkees - Good Times

1.  Work From Home - Fifth Harmony
2.  All Night - Beyonce
3.  My Church - Maren Morris
4.  Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell
5.  Stay A Little Longer - Brothers Osborne
6.  Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
7.  Cheap Thrills - Sia
8.  Come Down - Anderson.Paak
9.  24K Magic - Bruno Mars
10. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd

Friday, December 23, 2016

Playlist for 12/23

Kacey Musgraves - Very Kacey Christmas
Loretta Lynn - White Christmas Blue
Garth Brooks & Trish Yearwood - Christmas Together
Paul Carrack - Winter Wonderland
Huey "Piano" Smith - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tom's 2016 Nashville Scene Ballot

One of the music polls I vote in is from the Nashville Scene.  Results are published in late January, and I will post the final poll at that time.

Below is the 2016 Top 10 albums/singles ballot I sent in:

1.  Brandy Clark - Big Day In A Small Town
2.  Parker Millsap - Very Last Day
3.  Sturgill Simpson - Sailor's Guide To Earth
4.  Maren Morris - Hero
5.  Miranda Lambert - Weight Of These Wings
6.  Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
7.  Jonny Fritz - Sweet Creep
8.  Lori McKenna - Bird & The Rifle
9.  Elizabeth Cook -  Exodus of Venus
10.  Drive-By Truckers - American Band

1.  Stay A Little Longer - Brothers Osborne
2.  My Church - Maren Morris
3.  Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
4.  Vice - Miranda Lambert
5.  Girl Next Door - Brandy Clark
6.  Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
7.  Record Year - Eric Church
8.  Tennessee Song - Margo Price
9.  Keep It Between The Lines - Sturgill Simpson
10. What It Means - Drive-By Truckers

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tom's Top Christmas Songs

1. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
2. Nat "King" Cole - The Christmas Song
3. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
4. Gene Autry - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
5. Judy Garland - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
6. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
7. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
8. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
9. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
10. Charles Brown - Please Come Home For Christmas
11. Harry Simeone Chorale - Little Drummer Boy
12. Jimmy Durante - Frosty The Snowman
13. Vince Guaraldi Trio- Linus and Lucy
14. Burl Ives - Holly Jolly Christmas
15. Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
16. Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
17. Drifters - White Christmas
18. Donny Hathaway - This Christmas
19. Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
20. Elton John - Step Into Christmas
21. Dean Martin - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
22. Thurl Ravenscroft - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
23. Chuck Berry - Run Run Rudolph
24. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
25. Carpenters - Merry Christmas Baby
26. Aretha Franklin - Winter Wonderland
27. Elvis Presley -- Merry Christmas Baby
28. David Bowie/Bing Crosby - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
29. Gene Autrey - Here Comes Santa Claus
30. Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis
31. Roy Orbison- Pretty Paper
32. Elvis Presley - Santa Claus Is Back In Town
33. Buck Owens - Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy
34. Johnny Mathis - Sleigh Ride
35. John Denver & The Muppets - 12 Days of Christmas
36. Jackson 5 - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
37. Elvis Presley - Silver Bells
38. Whitney Houston - Do You Hear What I Hear?
39. Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
40. James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
41. Johnny Mathis - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
42. Ronettes - Sleigh Ride
43. Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
44. Andy Williams - Happy Holidays
45. Luther Vandross - O Come All Ye Faithful
46. Nat "King" Cole - O Tannenbaum
47. Darlene Love - Marshmallow World
47. Perry Como - Home For The Holidays
48. Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rapping
49. Elvis Presley - If I Get Home On Christmas Day
50. Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family
51. Bing Crosby - Silent Night
52. Joni Mitchell - River
53. John Lennon - Happy Xmas
54. Barry Gordon - Nuttin' For Christmas
55. Spike Jones - All I Want For Christmas
56. Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
57. Crystals - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
58. Merle Haggard - If We Make It Through December
59. Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas
60. Nat "King" Cole - O Little Town of Bethlehem
61. Bobby Lloyd and the Skeletons - Do You Hear What I Hear/You Really Got Me
62. Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
63. Jackie Wilson - O Holy Night
64. Oak Ridge Boys - Thank God For Kids
65. Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas
66. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Christmas Without You
67. Jackie Wilson- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
68. Frank Sinatra - The First Noel
69. Barbra Streisand - Ave Maria
70. Nat "King" Cole - Hark The Herald Angels Sing
71. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here
72. Angela Lansbury and Cast - We Need A Little Christmas
73. Ray Parker Jr. - Christmas Time Is Here
74. Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
75. Mariah Carey - All I Want From Christmas Is You
76. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Deck The Halls
77. Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne
78. Madonna - Santa Baby
79. Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
80. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
81. Bryan Adams - Christmas Time
82. Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
83. Billy Squier - Christmas Is The Time To Say "I Love You"
84. Aretha Franklin - Joy To The World
85. Windham Hill Artists - Carol of the Bells
86. Vanessa Williaams - What Child Is This?
87. George Strait - Away in A Manger
88. Alabama - Christmas In Dixie
89. Darlene Love - Marshmallow World
90. Pretenders - 2000 Miles
91. Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You Santa Claus?
92. Johnny Mathis - My Favorite Things
93. Chipmunks - Chipmunk Song
94. Nat "King" Cole - I Saw Three Ships
95. Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Jordan - Baby It's Cold Outside
96. James Taylor - Go Tell It On The Mountain
97. Wham - Last Christmas
98. Johnny Mathis - Caroling Caroling/Happy Holidays
99. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
100. Pogues - Fairytale In New York
101. Randy Travis - Old Time Christmas
102. Kinks - Father Christmas
103. Kenny Loggins - Celebrate Me Home
104. Elmo & Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeeer
105. Detroit Junior - Christmas Day
106. Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family
107. Hall & Oates - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
108. Fred Waring - Twas The Night Before Christmas
109. Prince - Another Lonely Christmas
110. Michael Buble - Grown Up Christmas List
111. Mills Brothers - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
 Temptations - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
113. Jimmy Buffett - Christmas Island
114. Mabel Scott - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
115. Weird Al Yankovic - Christmas At Ground Zero
116. Pogues & Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York
117. Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas

118. Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans - Bells of St. Mary
119. Elvis Presley - Here Comes Santa Claus
120. Vaughn Monroe - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
121. Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride
122. Bing Crosby & Andrew Sisters - Mele Kalikimaka
123. Mavis Staples - Christmas Vacation
124. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
125. Kenny Rogers - Kids
126. Bob Rivers - 12 Pains of Christmas
127.  Shirley Booth & Mickey Rooney - Year Without A Santa Claus
128.  Dick Shawn - Snow Miser Song
129.  Gayla Peevey - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

Playlist for 12/18

Pink Floyd - Early Years 67-72
Metallica - Hardwired
Earth, Wind & Fire - Classic Christmas Album
History of Rock & Roll Volume One: 1920-1963  (Book)  - Ed Ward
Soundbreaking (8 part Documentary)
Sing Street  (2016 movie)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Playlist for 12/11

Jim James - Eternally Even
Teenage Fanclub - Here
Robbie Williams - Heavy Entertainment Show
Ry Cooder - Bop 'Til You Drop
Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music
Ry Cooder - Into The Purple Valley
Willie Nelson and Leon Russell - One For The Road
Leon Russell and the Shelter People
Otis Redding - Live at the Whiskey A Go Go:Complete Recordings

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Top 20 Leonard Cohen Songs (Poll)

The passing of Leonard Cohen has many posting best of lists on his songs and albums.
Below is a list of the Top 20 songs and Top 7 albums Poll that I recently voted on.

BTW- here's a link to my RIP Leonard Cohen poll. 

1.  Suzanne
2.  Hallelujah
3.  I'm Your Man
4.  Sisters of Mercy
5.  Bird on the Wire
6.  Tower of Song
7.  Chelsea Hotel No. 2
8.  Joan of Arc
9.  First We Take Manhattan
10. Democracy
11. Everybody Knows 
12. Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye
13. Master Song
14. Famous Blue Raincoat
15. Dance Me To The End Of Love
16. Future
17. So Long Marianne
18. Who By Fire
19. Anthem
20. You Want It Darker

1.  Songs of Leonard Cohen
2.  I'm Your Man
3.  Songs of Love and Hate
4.  Various Positions
5.  Future
6.  New Skin For the Old Ceremony
7.  You Want It Darker

Monday, December 05, 2016

Playlist for 12/5

Dramatics - Dramatically Yours
Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Delfonics - s/t
Delfonics  - Tell Me This Is A Dream
Clarence Carter - This Is
Clarence Carter - Dynamic
Brick -  Good High
Brick - s/t
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
George McCrae - s/t
Stairsteps - 2nd Resurrection
Syreeta - Stevie Wonder Presents
Minnie Riperton - Come To My Garden

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Inductee Predictions: 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The biggest ballot since 1990, when there were 30(!) nominees (8 inductees).  Before 1990, the Hall had a bunch of 50's/60's era legends to choose from.  The Nominee ballot was bigger.  By 1991, the standard 15 ballot appeared.  Another way of looking at it: since those early insane ballots, this 2017 one is the largest since 1997 (17 names).

But what will they do?  Stick with their 5 inductee only policy?  I'm hoping the ballot is too big and tempting for them not to add a 6th name. What about a 7th?  Too much?  Would it create a never-ending Induction Ceremony?

Looking over the nominees  there's something for everybody. Give the NomCom credit:  throughout their history, there ballots have always had diversity.  But there's room to complain. A lack of women (three), four if you count Chic.  Also, only four R&B names.  The Joe Tex nomination seems a compromise to please those who will complain that the NomCom has forgotten about early R&B/Pop/Rock era acts.

Oh, and if you're a long time Hall watcher you'll notice no 50's era acts.  Joan Baez's first record came out in 1960.  Joe Tex's came out in 1955, but he didn't break until the mid-60's.

This is why my Veterans Committee idea is still on the table.  And much needed.

The big complaint about my own picks will be that there are too many first time eligibles. I'll accept that criticism. So, I figure a dark horse or two will get in.  But voters had many new, popular acts to choose from this year.  We say it all the time:  there's always a surprise inductee.  I'm going with 6, but hoping that one of those gets slotted elsewhere, leaving an opening for a 7th.  That's right, dream big Hall followers.

1. Joan Baez - She fits two important criteria:  Baby Boomer icon, and though she's not known for her songwriting, the yearly Singer-Songwriter slot. Also, many probably thought she was already inducted.

2. Chic -  OK, here's my proposal, which has been brought up by others as well.  Why not give Chic the Musical Excellence Award?  It's not like Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards don't deserve it for their non-Chic and Chic era Production/Songwriting work.  This also frees up a slot for another inductee. Somebody on the NomCom must have thought of this scenario already?

3. Electric Light Orchestra -  Jeff Lynne appears to have worked with almost every Rock artist inducted in the Hall.  So, if they all returned their ballots ELO would fly in, right?  The fact that Lynne reactivated the ELO moniker for a tour and album in 2015/2016 could help.   Also, another name people thought were already inducted.

4. Journey -  Hey, the fan vote winner always gets in.  Obviously, Journey were no critical darlings.  But they are still very much a fan favorite, always touring and are on a radio/streaming device somewhere near you at all times.  Of course this same scenario didn't help Bon Jovi in 2011, but that was before the Hall embraced populist names.

5. Pearl Jam -   No further comment.

6.  2Pac - The only Rap artist nominated and he is indeed a legendary icon.  But I've got a weird feeling about this one.  At first he seemed liked a sure pick, but I've downgraded his chances since then.  Still picking him, but no shocker if he's not in on his first try.

The Rest

Bad Brains -  Every year a NomCom shocker, and this was it.  Whether they end up in the "one and done" nominee file remains to be seen.  No chance on their first try, but kudos to Tom Morello for getting them on the ballot.

Cars - 2nd time nominated.  Looking for a dark horse?  Lots of AOR/New Wave hits, which should have voters giving them a good look.

Depeche Mode - Now part of that rotating 80's English Alt/Indie Rock trio of nominees along with the Smiths and the Cure.  The latter two couldn't get in, so I'm not expecting Depeche Mode to break the trend.

J. Geils Band -  4th time nominated, and a NomCom (Little Steven) fave.  Since they were last nominated in 2011, more Classic Rock artists have gone in, which could help get them in.

Janet Jackson - 2nd time nominated.  The fact that she missed out last year, when I thought she would be an easy pick, had me struggling with this pick.

Jane's Addiction -  Although they've been eligible since 2012, no one predicted this one either.  80's Indie Rock bands don't get much respect.

Chaka Khan -  2nd time nominated solo, and once with Rufus.  The NomCom obviously likes her,  and her longevity should win over older voters.

Kraftwerk -  4th time nominated, and again a critically loved NomCom fave that could get in as more 80's/90's era acts who they influenced are inducted.  Another Dark Horse candidate?

MC5 - 2nd time nominated, last in 2003.  Talk about resurrecting a name from the past.  Punk pioneers that many voters know little about.

Steppenwolf - Not many paying attention to this surprise nomination.  Have a handful of AOR staples.   Could appeal to Boomers and Classic Rock voters.

Joe Tex - 5th time nominated.  First in 1998, last in 2011.  He's sadly too underrated and overlooked to get inducted.  But I'm always rooting for him.  BTW- Tex would be a perfect candidate for my newly minted Veterans Committee.  His first records came out in the mid-50's. and his first hit in '64.

Yes -   Here's one that stumped me, but would be no surprise if they are inducted on their 3rd try. The Prog-Rock label might hurt them.   But Yes had a few Top 40 hits and a bunch of  AOR staples, and could get lots of votes from fellow Classic Rock inductees.

Zombies - 2nd time nominated and another Steven Van Zandt fave.  Not the most well-known of the British Invasion acts, despite some great singles and one classic album.  Another name, though that could appeal to Baby Boomers.

ICYMI, my   2017 Rock Hall: Personal Picks
Which were:  Chic, Chaka Khan, ELO, Journey, Joe Tex

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