The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced on January 14th. The five artists who will be inducted in the "Performer" category are:

Wanda Jackson is being inducted in the "Early Influence" category, even though she was nominated as a performer.

Inducted into the "Sideman" category this year:

Artists who didn't make the cut this year were War, The Stooges and Chic. The Stooges have now been denied induction by the Voting Committee seven times and Chic has lost five times. This was War's first nomination. Future Rock Legends correctly predicted four out of the five inductees in the "Performer" category.

Run-DMC becomes the latest artist from the list of Rolling Stone's "Immortals" to be inducted. They were the highest ranked eligible artist on the list (#48) that wasn't in the Hall of Fame, and they now have been inducted on their first ballot.

The induction ceremony will be held April 4th at Cleveland's Public Hall. For information on tickets to the ceremony, check out's rundown.

For a look at who is going to eligible for next year's induction, check out the 2009 list here, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the leading new contender.

The official press release:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces its Inductees for 2009

Induction Ceremony to Air Live on Fuse TV, April 4, 2009

January 14, 2009—New York—
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its inductees for 2009.  The induction ceremony on April 4, 2009 will take place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997, and will be broadcast live on Fuse TV in a new three-year broadcast deal between the Foundation and Fuse.  The ceremony will be supported by a weeklong series of events.  In addition, for the first time in its 24- year history, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be accessible to the public.

“This year’s class of inductees truly represents what the Hall of Fame is all about. From classic artists that began their careers in the 50’s and 60’s to those that have defined the modern sound of rock and roll,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman. “These artists demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself.  We are proud to honor these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll’s place in our culture.”

The performer inductees are: 
Jeff Beck
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Bobby Womack

Early Influence Category Inductee:
Wanda Jackson

Sidemen Category:
Bill Black
DJ Fontana
Spooner Oldham

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first recording is released.

In addition to being honored at the April ceremony, each inducted artist is commemorated at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland Ohio, which serves as a monument to rock and roll’s impact on our culture.  These inductees will be honored – along with previous year’s inductees and hundreds of other artists – with an exhibit and film that serve to tell the story of modern music. 

A limited number of pre-sale tickets to the Induction Ceremony at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall will be available to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23. 
Pre-sale tickets will be available to the public during a one-day walk-up sale on Saturday, January 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office.  Tickets to the Induction Ceremony will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets beginning Monday, January 26. Fans can contact Ticketmaster at

Presenters and performers at the induction will be announced at a later date.  The induction ceremony will be televised live on Fuse and available on April 4th, 2009.

More about the inductees:

An active recording artist since the early 1960’s, Bobby Womack started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentino’s, and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist. Womack’s career has spanned more than 40 years in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, country and funk.  As a songwriter, Womack is notable for penning and originally recording The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now.” As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, Harry Hippie”, Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.

Jeff Beck is one of the three noted guitarists to have recorded with the band TheYardbirds. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Much of Beck’s recorded output has been instrumental, and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and (currently) a blend of guitar-rock and electronica Beck has earned wide critical praise and four Grammy awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Beck has guested at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger.

Little Anthony & The Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from New York, first active in the 1950s. Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice influenced by Jimmy Scott. Changing their name to The Imperials in 1957, they signed with End Records in 1958. Their first single was “Tears on My Pillow”, which was an instant hit. In 1964 the group made a rare transition into soul music with a series of hit including “I’m On the Outside (Looking In) and “Goin’ Out of My Head.”

Metallica is the most successful heavy metal band of the past quarter century. Metallica’s line-up has primarily consisted of drummer Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist, vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, as well as current bass player Robert Trujillo. Longtime bassists for the band, the late Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted, are also being inducted.  Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal subgenre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and “heavy” thrash metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with its self-titled 1991 album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience.

Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, Run-D.M.C. took hip hop from the streets of New York to the national stage.  Formed in Hollis, Queens, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop. They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and is widely credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music. In 2004, Rolling Stone named them one of the greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, the trio was named Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by They were also named Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1.

Wanda Jackson is an American rockabilly and country music singer who began recording in the mid-50s. She was one of the first female rockabilly singers to come to popularity during the 1950s. Jackson began her professional career while she was still in high school after being discovered by Hank Thompson in 1954. She mixed regular country music material with fast-moving rockabilly music, often cutting each side of a record with a different type of music.  In the mid-1960s, Jackson moved to a successful career in country music, having a string of hits between 1966 and 1973, including, “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine,” “The Box it Came in,” “My Big Iron Skillet,” and “Fancy Satin Pillows.”

“Spooner” Oldham is a keyboard player, songwriter, and session musician. An American, he recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and at FAME Studios on such hit R&B songs as “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett and “I Never Loved a Man” by Aretha Franklin. As a sideman, Oldham has recorded and performed with a countless number of artists including Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Neil Young.

D. J. Fontana is best known as the drummer for Elvis Presley for 14 years. Fontana, joined a band consisting of Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (bass) and Elvis Presley (rhythm guitar), calling themselves “The Blue Moon Boys”. The band would perform and record the vast majority of the Elvis Presley hits of the 50’s including “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Hound Dog”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Jailhouse Rock”. The band also toured extensively and performed on several television appearances through 1956 and 1957.  His drumming built the foundation of rock and roll percussion influencing future players such as Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Max Weinberg. 

Bill Black is best known as the bassist for Elvis Presley.  Black played double bass on early Presley recordings including “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Baby Let’s Play House”, “Mystery Train”, “That’s All Right” (Mama), “Hound Dog”; and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass guitar in popular music on “Jailhouse Rock” in the late 1950’s. Black’s bass playing had an extraordinary impact on rock and roll bass playing, influencing many players including Paul McCartney. Afterward, he formed the Bill Black Combo and scored numerous instrumental hits during the late 1950’s and 1960’s.


Ticket Purchase Information

MEMBER TICKETS: A limited number of pre-sale tickets to the Induction Ceremony at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall will be available to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23.  Rock Hall members can purchase tickets by calling (216) 515-1999 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on January 22 and 23.  Member tickets are being sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The Member pre-sale will continue until the member advance allotment is exhausted. Because of the demand for this event, there will be a two ticket limit on all orders. Individual tickets to the Induction Ceremony are available for $35 and $75. 

Pre-sale tickets will be available to the public for $35 and $75 during a one-day walk-up sale on Saturday, January 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office.  Pre-sale Tickets are also being sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The pre-sale will continue until the ticket allotment is exhausted. There will be a two ticket limit on all orders.

TICKETMASTER: Tickets to the Induction Ceremony will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, January 26 for $35 and $75.  Fans can contact Ticketmaster at or at 800-745-3000. Because of the demand for this event, there will be a two ticket limit on all orders.

Induction Week Schedule of Events

Induction Week 2009 will include numerous activities to engage thousands of music fans while creating a marquee event that will bring significant economic impact to Northeast Ohio.

Saturday, March 28—Majic 105.7 Moondog Coronation Ball presented by your Northeast Ohio Chrysler & Jeep Dealers and Ameriprise Financial at Quicken Loans Arena

Sunday, March 29—Free Community Gospel Concert
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Pastor Shirley Caesar in a tribute concert. Pastor Caesar will perform and various choirs will honor her through music. Caesar is a multi-award winner with 11 Grammy, 13 Stellar and 18 Dove awards. She has also recorded over forty albums. Caesar was inducted in the Gospel Hall of Fame in 1982, and is Pastor of the Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC. This is a free event.

Monday, March 30—Students Rock!
The Education Department of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will reach out to students across the United States via the award-winning distance learning program On the Road.  The special class developed for this day will look at the lives of the 2009 Inductees through their songs and performances. The day will also see students from Case Western Reserve University SAGES program visit the Museum to explore the connections between popular music studies and the physical artifacts of the music’s history as part of a semester-long class taught by Rock Hall educators.

Tuesday, March 31—Teachers Rock!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a year-long commitment to educators with monthly programs such as Teachers Rock and the annual Summer Teachers Institute, and on Tuesday, March 31st the Rock Hall celebrates the many teachers who use the history and music of rock and roll in their classrooms every day. This special edition of Teachers Rock invites educators to visit the Museum between 4-6pm for a series of exciting performances, presentations, and prizes, including a chance to win tickets to the Induction ceremonies. During the evening reception the winners of the 2009 Induction Teachers Lesson Plan Award will also be announced.

Wednesday, April 1 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open the world’s first exhibit devoted to the life and music of Bruce Springsteen: From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.

Thursday, April 2—Free Community Concert presented by National City Bank (Wolstein Center in Cleveland)
A free public concert will be held at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center featuring performances by past Hall of Fame inductees

Saturday, April 4—Free Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presented by Medical Mutual
The public will be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for FREE all day.

Saturday, April 4—The 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Cleveland’s Public Hall)
The 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. It will be the centerpiece of a live national television broadcast (FUSE) and will be streamed online to audiences around the world.

This site is not affiliated in any way with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.


91 comments so far (post your own)

And the Stooges are not inducted once again.
good point is that Chic is refused

Posted by roméo on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:09pm

Is there going to be a Non-Performer inductee this year?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:12pm

Wanda Jackson as an Early Influence? Shouldn't you predate Elvis to be an Early Influence?

Posted by The_Claw on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:20pm


Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:28pm

Who cares about the non-performers. what about the stooges?

Posted by Brian on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:34pm

I am disgusted.

Posted by MBI on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:47pm

The presence of Metallica and Run-DMC keeps this from being as bad a year as 2008 or 2005, but Jesus almighty. No Stooges?? One of the weakest ballots in Rock Hall history and they still couldn't induct the Stooges? You idiots.

Posted by MBI on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:52pm

Also, the induction of Wanda Jackson as an "early influence" is a bullshit copout. She wasn't an "early influence," which has generally been described as people whose work predates rock. Wanda Jackson does not.

Posted by MBI on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:55pm

So, in conclusion, I am completely and thoroughly disgusted.

Posted by MBI on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:55pm

I cannot believe that these idiots have bypassed The Stooges again.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:56pm

It would have been a nice tribute to Ron Asheton if it had worked out that the Stooges got in this year.

Posted by billy on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 13:15pm

What a disappointing class of '09. Nothing against Metallica or Run-DMC--they're deserving of the accolades (and even if you think heavy metal and rap don't belong in the HOF, you have to admit that these two artists are titans of their genres.) A case can be made for Jeff Beck as well. HOWEVER, I think it is very hard to argue that Little Anthony and the Imperials and Bobby Womack have left a larger impact on rock and roll than the Stooges or even have the body of work that even merits consideration. The inclusion of Little Anthony and Womack significantly lowers the bar for the HOF, while the exclusion of the Stooges continues to nudge the institution toward irrelevancy. Somehow, the HOF needs to do a better job accounting for historical significance and should probably update its voting list so they can quit dwelling on the 50s and 60s and consider acts from the 80s that have left an influence on more modern music (i.e., the Cure, the Smiths, the Beastie Boys--not arguing they deserve induction, but they certainly deserve it more than LA & Womack, and certainly deserve more consideration than those two.) In the past, it's seemed the nominating committee has done a good job of making sure artists of merit were nominated while keeping artists who were overwhelmingly popular but not all that great (i.e., Neil Diamond) off the ballot, but now that we're leaving the 50s and 60s (and even the 70s) behind, I'm beginning to wonder if an artist's connections to influential members of the nominating committee matters more than an objective assessment of the artist's work...

Posted by Stoney on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 13:28pm

The RRHOF sucks. I live in Cleveland, and love visiting it, but am tired of Jann Wenner & Rolling Stone running the show. The class of 2009 is extremely week, with the exception of Jeff Beck. Where in the hell are Yes, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, and Todd Rundgren. It's the Rock N Roll Hall of SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Angela on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 13:41pm

I am too, pissed that the Stooges aren't in. I am also angry that artists like Rush, Jethro Tull, Genesis, ELP, ELO, Heart, and other rock acts from the 1970s aren't in. In my opinion (if anyone reads this understand this is my own thoughts and you may or may not agree with them) I think the Hall of Fame is being run by stupid muscial conservatists snobs like Mr. Steven "Stupid-a**" Van Zadt. They comittee members have get it through their heads that some of the 1960s acts were BS (i.e. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap), and not every act should be in. Same with the 1950s. To me the 1970s were rock's golden age of music. Great genres like prog rock to hard rock to punk came of age in that decade. I believe more acts should be pulled from this decade (excluding Anne Murray to Neil Diamond to Manilow to the Carpenters). However, as we get to the 80s I think the Hall must concentrate on putting Motely Crue, George Micheal, Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, Whitney Houston, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Tracy Chapman (with other influential bands from the 80s) because most artist from the 80s were awful (i.e. Culture Club). When the Hall gets to the 90s I see Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains to Fiona Apple and Alanis Morisset getting in. To me the Hall of Fame comittee members need to get their heads out of the boring 1960s (got boring from being talked about too much) and move on up to the 1970s and beyond.

Posted by Gilmour Waters on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 14:20pm

Wait, this can't be right. There's no mention of Peter Gabriel ANYWHERE! Attica!

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 14:42pm

Phil, thats only because they didnt announce the "Special Inductees" yet. (haha)

Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 14:45pm

I gotta agree that Rush, Heart, Yes, Moody Blues & Todd Rundgren should ALL be inducted by now. I would also add Peter Gabriel and Laura Nyro (at LEAST as an influence, she was writing kick ass songs at 19 years old that many others made famous, and influenced Joni Mitchell among others) and also Labelle as well. It's funny to see Mellencamp voted in way too early while a bigger blue collar rocker like Bob Seger was ignored. (Funny thing that buddy Jann Weiner wrote the liner notes for Mellencamp's greatest hits package 2 years ago, what a coincidence!) And people who think Neil Diamond shouldn't be inducted have their heads up their a$$es because he's been known for more than just soft rock in the 70's. One of the biggest omissions in my opinion.

Posted by IOWAHAWKEYE on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:02pm

lol Telarock

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:03pm

First off, nice to see Bill Black & D.J. Fontana get in as sidemen, though you would have thought they would have put them in w/Elvis & Scotty. Nice call, though.

Well, I was like everybody else. I thought the Stooges were going in. I don't want to say that the Stooges are destined to be the Bert Blyleven of the Rock Hall, but I find it interesting that only two days after the Baseball Hall muffed the vote, the Rock Hall would do the same.

You know, Bert's originally from the Netherlands, where they've got the hash bars. I'm thinking that a world of good could come from a confab over there. Bud Selig, Jann Wenner, Bert Blyleven, and Iggy Pop in a corner booth hashing it out (in more ways then one).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:07pm

I am having a peanut butter sandwich for dinner.

How does Wanda Jackson go in as an early influence? I guess they did that to make room for Bobby W. and Lil Anthony.

Shame on the Hall of Shame for not finally giving the Stooges their due.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:08pm

I know that peanut butter sandwich is in honor of Iggy, but now you've got me in the mood for something peanut buttery (peanut buttery?).

I wish I knew where to find a good peanut butter cookie. I remember in the 80's there was a cookie brand called Almost Home that made the best peanut butter cookie. For that matter they made the best any cookie.

Where do all the good things go?!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:15pm

The hall of fame is corrupt. The fact that The Stooges didn't make it in this year is idiotic. AND the fact that Wanda Jackson is in as an Early Influence. It probably means that one of Jann's "favored" artists didn't get enough votes aas Wanda, so in order to include them, he made her an early influence.
the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame fails again.

Posted by Steve on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:29pm

Wanda now becomes the third inductee who's been nominated for the Performer category, but wound up getting inducted in another. I believe, however, from what I can tell, she's the first one to do that on the SAME go-around.

First it was Carole King, who after three nominations for the Performer category, was inducted as a Non-Performer with former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin

King Curtis was nominated as a Performer six times in the earlier years of the Hall, but wasn't inducted until they created the Side-Man category.

Now Wanda Jackson completes the trifecta by making it in the third other category. After her second nomination as a Performer, she is announced as an inductee, but as an Early Influence.

Kinda crazy, but when Dave Bartholomew gets in as a Non-Performer instead of Early Influence, Willie Dixon as an Early Influence instead of Non-Perfomer, Miles Davis as a Performer instead of Early Influence, and Little Walter as a Side-Man instead of Early Influence... well it's all a little crazy, no?

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:30pm

this is so funny...wanda was nominated in performers category now she's not there...WTF!!!

Posted by akeem on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:38pm

I think it's far more likely that Wanda was thrown the bone of induction after garnering not nearly enough votes to get inducted. Though still probably more than the Stooges, because the voters are Alzheimer-ridden morons.

Posted by MBI on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:42pm

no quincy jones as non-performer too...this is shit!!!

Posted by akeem on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:45pm

this is BS metallica is in before rush the guy that make up the ballot should be fired thrown out or somthing for saying rush will be in the R&R hall of fame over his dead body rush is way too underestmated and also agree with the stooges and what about cheap trick in my opion there the greatest american rock and roll band and i no ill probly catch some heat from that comment but unlike metallica these three bands were and have always been about the music and fans

Posted by Derek Anderson on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:46pm

I agree with you, MBI. I always thought, though, that the subcommittee that handles the selection of the other three categories convened WHILE the ballots were out. Guess I was wrong.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:47pm

i thought there should be at least one frontwoman in the induction

Posted by akeem on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:52pm

and not the $$$$

Posted by Derek Anderson on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:52pm

Derek, the only thing you'll catch heat for is your horrible grammar. Though, honestly, I think Metallica's probably the most influential act on this year's ballot, with the possible exception of the Stooges. But one thing you need to understand is when you say "been about the music and fans"... being about the fans means nothing. That's what a lot of the Steve Perry fangirls don't get either. There's been a great bundle of mention of his work ethic and the way he performs as reasons to induct him. That means nothing. It's supposed to be (supposed to be, I said) about the music. Nothing more. Fans can suck it. Unless the artist is like the Grateful Dead, who made touring an art form, the performance ethic is inconsequential.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:52pm

Well at least they have 9 inductees, 8 well deserved, and 1 underserving RAP act. This is a ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame, so all types, and subplots of music with ACTUAL singing, and not yelling, and bitching should be in. Run DMC's spot, should have been occupied by an at least 30-35 year old band still waiting for recongnition like Deep Purple, Boobie Brothers, Moody Blues, Steve Miller Band, Barclay James Harvest etc....

My congrats are extended towards the other acts who deserved their rightful honors

Posted by Danny on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:54pm

Rapping is a style of singing, imo. Just as a speaking voice is different from a singing voice, a lot of rappers don't sound exactly rapping as they do talking.

And just listen to "King Of Rock" and hear the wicked guitar lines they used. Run-D.M.C. deserves that spot, most definitely.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:57pm

Now that the Rock Hall has gotten Van Halen, U2, R.E.M., Madonna, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Metallica and RUN-DMC out of its system, who else does the Rock Hall have a hard-on for from the 1980s besides The Beastie Boys, Afrika Bambaataa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bon Jovi and Guns 'N' Roses? Anyone?

What are we left with as far as the artists from the 60s and 70s they like to nominate?:

Gram Parsons, The Stooges, Chic, Donna Summer, War.

Will they look to Herman's Hermits and The Hollies now from the 1960s, the way Little Steven wants them to?

Do they need more women?: Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack

Will they finally induct the artists that the public complains about the most for not being in the Rock Hall?:

Chicago, Genesis, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, KISS, The Monkees, Chubby Checker, The Moody Blues, Rush, Yes, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jethro Tull, Boston, Kansas, Journey, Styx, Cheap Trick, Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Kool & The Gang, The Commodores

If none of the artists that I have mentioned above are inducted next year, than what the hell are we left with?

What will happen in 2010?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:22pm

One thing I don't understand? Is there any reason for limiting the (performer) nominees to only nine per year and the inductees to five? I know it hasn't always been like this.

If there was some reason given, pardon my ignorance; it just seemed arbitrary to bottleneck a lot of worthy acts (many of which are mentined in the posts above) out of the Hall. Thanks in advance for enlightening me!

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:35pm

When will the Moody Blues be inducted?

Posted by Reese on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:36pm

It's because of TV time constraints!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:41pm

I love peanint

Posted by opij on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:52pm

I mean I Love Peanuts :D

Posted by opij on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:54pm

What the hell The Stooges were not inducted again this is the seventh time is has been nominated. How can you not induct them. And why would you put in Wanda Jackson in. Who in the Hell is Wanda Jackson?

Posted by Klementowski on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 17:59pm

Roy has the best explanation I can conjure up as any for limiting it to 5. I also think they're afraid they'll run out someday. No worries, though. If that happens, they can always come here and read our gripes for a fresh supply.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 18:04pm

Hello there.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2009 has been completed (I think) and announced. I can now state that the initial five inductee listing was erroneous. Metallica is rightly inducted, alongside Jeff Beck, Wanda Jackson in the Early Influence category, a rather clever process of inducting; Bobby Womack, Little Anthony and the Imperials (a bit of a suprise), Run-DMC (another suprise), Spooner Oldham, Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana in the sideman category. In all, a fine listing of inductees.

Yet, it is not without its flaws. Iggy Pop/The Stooges failed to be inducted yet again: next year, I hope. As well, Chic were not inducted. Arses! There has not yet been an announcement for an inductee in the non-Performer category. If there is a further announcement, I hope that Quincy Jones is seriously considered at least for induction.

Last, and foremost, it would appear as of now that the special acheivement induction process coupled by inducting Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, and Genesis as a band, will indeed not occur this time out. I was rather hoping it would. Yet, from our discussions on Peter Gabriel's merits, it can be assuredly said that Gabriel will be an inductee into the RRHOF before the end of this yearfor the Class of 2010 in the Performers Category. Since that is now the likely way of induction, we now can immediately commence the lobbying! And it will work this time. In any case, congradtulations to the newest inductees. Not the preferred class, but a respectrable class none the less.

Be seeing you,


Posted by Lax26 on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 18:16pm

I don't think they're worried about running out of inductees. There are still dozens of deserving people out there if they would just open their eyes to other genres.

Posted by Carl on Thursday, 01.15.09 @ 20:30pm

It's cool that Metallica and Jeff Beck are getting inducted but The Stooges being denined again is pathetic.

Posted by Jesse on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 15:44pm

This is bullshit that for two years in a row stevie ray vaughan has been overlooked, and even get knocked out by Run-DMC this is bullshit what was they thinking. Stevie has done more for rock than Run-DMC has.

Posted by dustin on Saturday, 01.17.09 @ 12:58pm

Dustin, Stevie Ray Vaughan wasn't eligible until this year. But yes, it IS a shame he got passed over.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.17.09 @ 13:35pm

IOWAHAWKEYE, Seger was inducted before Mellencamp...

Posted by Sean on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 15:30pm

When will the following people receive their well deserved honor ???????

Moody Blues
Steve Miller
Herman's Hermits
Procol Harum
Emerson Lake Palmer
Small Faces
Deep Purple
King Crimson
Doobie Brothers
Jethro Tull
Peter Frampton
Grand Funk Railroad
Steve Winwood
Carole King
Carly Simon
Aphrodite's Child

instead of rap acts, political anti-Republicians,
newer acts just making their 25th year, etc...


Posted by Danny on Tuesday, 01.20.09 @ 17:40pm

As weak as this ballot was, it wasn't a HORRIBLE ballot. At least I don't think so. The only artist on that list I did NOT want to see get inducted was Chic, and they've missed again. I kinda wish we HAD gotten a nine-way tie... yeah, even put Chic in just to get them off the damn ballot next year.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.21.09 @ 17:52pm

Sounds like a good pick for the RRHOF..!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.22.09 @ 10:28am

I would like to see Sparks, Heart, Donna Summers and Pat Boone get in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the next few years.

Posted by David on Thursday, 01.22.09 @ 23:32pm

Now this is what I call varied taste in music.

Heart - Yes, at some point.
Donna Summers - Begrudgingly yes - I guess
Pat Boone - Please no.

Sparks - being an actual member of their fan membership from back in the 70's - hell yeah! But it is never going to happen.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Friday, 01.23.09 @ 07:33am

I would say yes to Sparks and Donna Summers but do not forget Pat Benatar, ABBA, the GO-GOs and Judy Collins.

Posted by Collin Digney on Friday, 01.23.09 @ 20:34pm

The Rock Hall is still kissing Elvis' butt I see!:

Wanda Jackson
Bill Black
D.J. Fontana

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.25.09 @ 05:03am

Danny, Carole King was inducted along with Gerry Goffin in 1990 in the "Non-Performing" category. She was previously nominated in 1988 on the regular perfomer's ballot.

Posted by Tom Lane on Sunday, 01.25.09 @ 09:24am

Leon Russell

Posted by Michael Cote on Sunday, 01.25.09 @ 13:23pm

RUSH , OMD, Dionne Warwick and the MOTELS. should be in the rock and roll hall of fame.

Posted by James on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 21:12pm

Top Drummer 50-60's
Hal Blaine
Benny Benjamin
Keith Moon
Charlie Watts
John Bonham
Sandy Nelson
D.J. Fontana
Ron Wilson
Ringo Star
Ginger Baker
Mitch Mitchell
Clyde Stubblefield
Edison Gore
Dewey Martin
Earl Palmer

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 21:48pm

I want to add Buddy Harman though mostly country over 16,000 recordings he also was with Pasty Cline and Roy Orbison..
I know I have missed many but...

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 22:07pm

Sorry, James, but NO to OMD, Dionne Warwick and the Motels.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 15:49pm

Yet again, sorry Iggy and the Stooges.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 18:19pm

Donna Summers, Connie Francis, Peter, Paul, and Mary. and the Human League.

Posted by Tammy on Monday, 02.2.09 @ 08:19am

It is being reported that Aerosmith will induct Run-DMC into the Rock Hall:

Posted by Future Rock Legends on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 07:12am

Greetings of peace,
My comment is on the upcoming induction of
"Little Anthony & The Imperials". Congrats to them, it's long overdue. Being inducted 50 years after "Tears On My Pillow", 25 years after being elgible to enter "The Hall". Sounds silly doesn't it? I also have another gripe, there's not one Philadelphia bred R&B vocal group there. If I had a vote it would be for what many call the "Architects of Sexy Soul". Speaking of The Delfonics. After their release of La La, Means I Love You, they set the tone that many other vocal groups copied with the sweet tenor. I feel that the record buying public should have a say in who's enducted. The process now as it stands appears to be,(to say it bluntly) a joke. Thank you for allowing me to state my opinion.

Posted by Howard Govens on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 11:04am

With Wanda Jackson getting in as an Early Influence, why doesn't the committee on these things use that slot to induct other past nominees who haven't got in? The Dominoes, the Five Royales, Johnny Ace, and Chuck Willis all had R&B chart hits before Elvis, before 1955... maybe not before the 50's, but if Wanda's getting Early Influence, these four have as much claim to it as she does, and I think it'd be nice to see all four of these in.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 14:22pm

Inducting Wanda Jackson as an Early Influence was not circuiting the process. She is rightfully so by virtue of being a woman - she was one of the first successful women of rock & roll. I know very little about the four you mentioned, but they must compete with their contemporaries just like all the other artists. Early Influence should not be a work-around.

Posted by Worm on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 18:54pm

I'm sorry Worm, but in the case of Wanda Jackson, it WAS a work-around. I don't buy your argument for a couple reasons. One, the definition of Early Influence means they had to have had music that predated Rock 'n' Roll. Wanda Jackson did not. Her first recordings were in 1954, but she didn't make waves until '56. '54 is given as an arguable year for the major beginnings of rock 'n' roll. Not predating. Second, Ruth Brown. She'd been recording since '52, before Wanda, and had to get in as a Performer. So there goes your "one of the first successful women or rock & roll" argument. (Not to mention LaVern Baker). Third, the guy who chaired the committee that inducted Wanda as an Early Influence ADMITTED that they decided to do so upon receiving word that she did not get enough votes to be inducted as a Performer on this ballot. Clear admission. Your argument falls flat.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 19:28pm

Okay Phil. Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker are very good examples to make your point. However, I still disagree with you for two reasons:
1st, IF either of those two women had not gotten in as Performers, they might still be considered as Early Influencers. And I would not call that a work-around, it would be legitimate.
2nd, Brown and Baker were both female jazz/r&b lead vocalists, which was not at all unusual. Wanda Jackson made the disctinction of actually playing guitar and singing rock & roll (rockabilly) songs - and that was unusual and pioneering for women of that time.
The Early Influence bid given to Jackson might have been a consolation, but it was nonetheless legitimate. In your earlier post you seemed to be lobbying to use that award as a kind of work-around for otherwise non-inductible Performers.
Therein lies our disagreement.

Posted by Worm on Wednesday, 02.11.09 @ 11:58am

Worm, I still cannot agree with you. There were other bandleaders and instrument players inducted as Early Influences, men though they were. Your comment about her being unusual and pioneering for women of that time smacks a bit of double-standard. And moreover, as I said in the comments section of the article that was posted about this in the News And Analysis section, for the title of Early Influence, it doesn't matter if you were an inspiration for the female gender... it matters if you PREDATED rock 'n' roll and were influential to those who made rock 'n' roll. Simply put, Wanda's work does NOT predate rock 'n' roll. Compounded by the admission we have that she was chosen as an Early Influence because she didn't get enough votes this time, and it becomes clearer. Wanda Jackson, while deserving of her induction, is getting Early Influence accolades as, in your own words, "a kind of work-around for (an) otherwise non-inductible Performer." Because of the current setup, top 5 out of 9, Wanda would pretty much NEVER have gotten in as a Performer, unless they seriously front-loaded the ballot to make her look better. There'd always be at least five other Performers who are more popular with the voters and maybe even more deserving than Wanda.

Wanda's induction IS a work-around, plain and simple. I agree she deserves induction, but not as an Early Influence. Two of the four that I mentioned haven't been nominated in over a decade, almost two now. They're as deserving for induction as Wanda, and they actually have music that can be said to predate rock'n'roll.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 02.11.09 @ 23:31pm

Philip, I may be out-gunned by you. Your knowledge and eloquence is hard to resist. But I will shoot one last bullet at you anyway. I read your comments in New & Analysis. Also read the comment by Peresman, which you have slightly bent in your argument. My reading is that although Jackson did not get in as Performer, she would have been a candidate as Early Influence anyway. They wanted to see if she would make it in as Performer (before awarding her Early Influence)?

The "men though they were" phrase of yours betrays you. Like it or not, we do need to account for the women differently, especially in the early days of rock & roll. I know you disagree w/ this notion, but you are not thinking w/ 1950s mindset. Also, the women you mentioned were not guitar slinging mamas - they were jazz and blues singers. To summarize, Wanda Jackson was pretty unique in her day and she was an early influence, if only for women. She is a legitimate Early Influence artist.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 09:29am

"Philip, I may be out-gunned by you. Your knowledge and eloquence is hard to resist. But I will shoot one last bullet at you anyway. I read your comments in New & Analysis. Also read the comment by Peresman, which you have slightly bent in your argument. My reading is that although Jackson did not get in as Performer, she would have been a candidate as Early Influence anyway. They wanted to see if she would make it in as Performer (before awarding her Early Influence)?"--Worm

I don't see it as having bent anything. The vote had already been counted before the committee met to decide to induct her as an Early Influence. She had already lost. THEN they met and decided that they needed to include her anyway. But even if we take your interpretation, that speaks even worse about the Hall AND it still remains as a fact that it was a work-around. Can't get her in as a Performer? There's always Early Influence.

"The "men though they were" phrase of yours betrays you. Like it or not, we do need to account for the women differently,"

Why? Influence is influence. The fact that it's been harder for women to break out doesn't mean the ones who did shouldn't be included. But it doesn't mean we should do all we can to "correct the past" to ameliorate and placate the gods of political correctness.

"especially in the early days of rock & roll. I know you disagree w/ this notion, but you are not thinking w/ 1950s mindset."

What does that matter?

"Also, the women you mentioned were not guitar slinging mamas - they were jazz and blues singers."

Why does that matter? And what if we already had a female country singer from the '40s inducted as an Early Influence?

"To summarize, Wanda Jackson was pretty unique in her day and she was an early influence, if only for women. She is a legitimate Early Influence artist."

I think you're the one bending things now. You're bending what it means to be an Early Influence Inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Your usage of "early influence" with a small e and i is applicable to acts like Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. But they weren't inducted as Early Influence (with capital initials), they were inducted as Performers because the music they made WAS rock 'n' roll. Early Influence is the category for those whose music is NOT considered rock'n'roll, because they were before rock'n'roll's popularization, but their music was influential to rock 'n' roll artists. It doesn't matter if Wanda was the first guitar-slingin' mama. What she played (that she's being remembered for) was rock'n'roll, not blues, not pre-rock country, not jazz or swing. If you take the year 1955 as "the beginning year" of the rock era, then Wanda could only be legitimately inducted as an Early Influence for one and only one song: "You Can't Have All My Love", her duet with Billy Gray. If you're saying that that ONE song is so pivotal and influential to rock 'n' rollers, particularly rock'n'roll women, then yes, you can legitimately induct her as an Early Influence Inductee (capital initials) into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

But she's not. Her influential records are her versions of "I Gotta Know", "Let's Have A Party," "Fujiyama Mama," "Mean Mean Man,", etc.--the songs that came after 1955, and songs that came after Elvis first took the nation, if not the world, by storm. It doesn't matter that she was an early, influential female rocker. You're still saying she is a rocker. A rocker is a rocker, regardless of gender. And that is NOT what the Early Influence category is for.

Wanda's induction as an Early Influence Inductee is a work-around. I don't mind too much, because I am glad she's getting in. And I do think the others that I mentioned should be considered as EIs, as a means to compensate for an imperfect ballot system. I'm just saying that they have a better case to be inducted as EI's than Wanda does.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.13.09 @ 15:48pm


If the 2009 class for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame can be summed up in one word it is "respect". That does not necessarily mean most deserving, or most sensible, as this year's inductions continues the Hall's recent history of questionable decisions regarding their election process itself, but rather a nod towards artists whose recognition within music circles is very high, even if their achievements are somewhat lacking in some cases.

The two headliners of this year's class did not face that particular quandary as they were near automatic selections. Run-D.M.C., the most vital rap artists of all-time, and Metallica, the premiere heavy metal act, defined their styles as well as any artists in any rock subgenre over its sixty year history. Each were eligible for the first time this year and neither had to wait for recognition, something that would've severely hurt the Hall Of Fame's already shaky credibility had either one been passed over. The rest of the ballot contained no other clear-cut selections among its seven remaining candidates and none could've even been said to have had a better than even chance of securing election going in. Of the three others who made it as Main Performers Bobby Womack was a welcome sight as his mainstream recognition has been somewhat lacking, or sporadic, but whose versatility as a songwriter for others, session guitarist and solo artist whose work in the 70's and 80's was highly regarded. Little Anthony & The Imperials boasted the peerless voice of lead singer Anthony Gourdine, who was dubbed "Little Anthony" by none other than Alan Freed, and their work was frequently cited as among the pinnacles of both doo wop and uptown soul over the years. The group was as distinguished as any vocal harmony acts over two decades of hits and lauded for their consistently high level of stage shows. Rounding out the inductees is Jeff Beck, who never really took the spotlight, even within his own self-named group, but whose reputation as a guitarist placed him in rarified air. All three artists were more esteemed by those in the industry than they were familiar to the casual fan throughout their careers and that widespread respect for their talents allowed each to overcome credentials that were not quite on par with the upper echelon of inductees.

The most curious case of this year's selections is that of Wanda Jackson. Nominated as a Main Performer Jackson is getting in as an Early Influence, an unprecedented switch in categories after the voting took place with no plausible explanation offered by the Hall. The last minute change would seem to indicate she did not have the votes to make the cut in the Top Five and somehow the Hall Of Fame altered its rules, which already are seen as lacking credibility by many, and granted Jackson entry in a totally separate category which does not require garnering votes. In effect trumping the decision of their own voting body, this move only further calls into question the integrity of the Hall. Whatever the reason for this inexplicable decision, some have suggested it is to have a female represented or done out of respect for Jackson's poor health, the strange maneuver unfairly impacts the remaining failed nominees - Chic, The Stooges and War - all of whom have greater qualifications but appear to be lacking in respect for their individual styles (disco and funk in the case of Chic and War) or image (The Stooges), and were similarly lacking in voting support but weren't granted any artificial loophole to make it this year themselves.

One positive sign is the Hall Of Fame returning to the recently neglected Sideman Category with the naming of three additional musicians. The Hall will have the enduring presence of Elvis Presley looming over it again this year, not only with his one-time sweetheart Jackson's induction, but also his 50's rhythm section of bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana, who will join the third member of Presley's vaunted backing group, Scotty Moore, who was among the first sidemen inducted when that category was introduced in 2000. Also getting in after much delay is another multi-dimensional figure, much like Womack, in Spooner Oldham, who's keyboard work was a defining sound of 60's soul and who contributed many of the style's signature songs as a writer as well.

On the whole the class of 2009 is top heavy, with two of the most deserving inductees to share a stage in a decade, and it does showcase artists from a wide span of styles and eras, but the baffling and secretive decision making process regarding Jackson which seems to sidestep the acceptable boundaries of nominating and induction procedures casts an unnecessary shadow over the entire affair.
Jeff Beck
Though better suited to be inducted as a sideman, as his career under his own name produced little in the way of hits and he was never even the featured performer in his own group, Beck's status as one of rock's guitar gods was enough to get him in over three more qualified candidates in the Main Performer category. Nonetheless, Beck's work on guitar, whether with the Yardbirds (with whom he's already been inducted) or backing everyone from Donovan to Rod Stewart, who once fronted the Jeff Beck Group, is as highly regarded as any in rock's long history. Now more devoted to racing the rocking Beck is one of the finest musicians rock 'n' roll has ever produced even if his qualifications in the category he'll be inducted under are fairly questionable.

Little Anthony & The Imperials
The Imperials hit-making career spanned multiple eras in various styles, from the straight ahead doo-wop of the late 50's to the uptown soul sound of the mid-60's. Their ability to change with the times, at a period in which the turnover in rock trends was rapid and constant, and yet retain a singular identity thanks to Little Anthony's unique voice gave them appeal to multiple generations of rock audiences. Of all the vocal harmony groups that came out of the mid-to-late-50's the Imperials were one of the few groups that managed to equal their early success after that era had passed and in doing so overcame the more impressive credentials of three acts who failed to get in.

Only the originators of heavy metal itself, Black Sabbath, can challenge Metallica as the style's most acclaimed artist over the years. More than any other group they brought speed metal into the forefront throughout the 80's taking the style from a smaller niche core audience to the mainstream without sacrificing its edge and in the process even raising the bar on its musicality. By the 90's they were one of the top selling and respected artists in rock regardless of subgenre, having fully crossed over like no other metal act before or since. Their enduring popularity, influence and impact had to make them a near automatic choice for voters in their first year of eligibility.

The most important hip-hop artists in rock history and among the most influential in any style of rock 'n' roll since its inception. In the mid-80's the trio provided the form with the musical and cultural breakthroughs it needed to become entrenched as the dominant music of its era, scoring unprecedented mainstream success at a time when the style was systematically denied exposure on radio and television. Their rapping style, heavy on the beats, with metal guitar and with less of a party flavor than had been prominent prior to their arrival utterly defined rap's first decade in the spotlight. Their influence extended far beyond just the music as their look fueled the entire marriage of fashion and hip-hop which continues to this day. A mandatory selection as one of the most legendary groups in history.

Bobby Womack
One of the more multi-talented artists in rock who could conceivably have made the Hall Of Fame separately as a writer, sideman and main performer, the latter being where he is clearly most deserving and where he will be enshrined. Womack began with his brothers in a gospel group discovered by Sam Cooke, then turned to secular recordings with them as The Valentinos, scoring a hit with his original version of "It's All Over Now", which the Rolling Stones made even more famous. He made a name for himself upon leaving the group by writing hits for others, notably Wilson Pickett, and playing guitar on various sessions including Aretha Franklin and Sly & The Family Stone. Finally by the 70's Womack emerged as a star in his own right and scored a string of hits that lasted well into the 80's and beyond as a favorite source of sampling for the hip-hop generation.

Wanda Jackson
The machinations of her election aside, Jackson's a sentimental choice for many as she was the first white female to make a mark in rock 'n' roll and her early rockabilly sides are considered excellent, though both those records and Jackson herself were hardly known in mainstream circles during her heyday. However her supposed groundbreaking credentials, and thus her entire qualifications as an Early Influence specifically, are tempered by the fact there were dozens of non-caucasian female performers in rock before her and their success was far greater than Jackson's, who had just one minor hit with a rock 'n' roll song before turning her full attention to country music. Though beloved, she is not suited as an Early Influence and her failure to make the grade in multiple nominations as a Main Performer, including this year, make her one of the more questionable figures in the Hall to date.

Bill Black
Rockabilly, the first white style of rock to appear on the scene, was often as not defined by the acoustic slap bass and none were more known for it than Bill Black, who's work with Elvis Presley starting at Sun and continuing through Presley's Army induction in 1958 is among the most influential music of all-time. Black was never the most skilled bassist but his style was so definitive and the records he played on so popular that his impact transcended his musicianship. Unlike most others who got renown for their work backing more prominent artists, Black made the jump to the spotlight himself when he went on to front The Bill Black Combo, scoring almost twenty instrumental hits on their own from 1959 to his death in 1965.

DJ Fontana
When teenager Johnny Bernero, who recorded a few sessions with Elvis Presley at Sun, turned down the chance to become his full-time drummer upon the move to RCA the chore fell to DJ Fontana, who had been backing a wide array of artists as the house drummer for the Louisiana Hayride where Presley first broke onto the national scene. Fontana immediately put his stamp on the emerging sound with sledgehammer beats and tasteful fills. His explosive work on "Jailhouse Rock" and "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" in the studio and his stop-time striptease rhythm on the scandalous version of "Hound Dog" performed on the Milton Berle Show set the tone for the more aggressive style of rock drumming around the corner.

Spooner Oldham
The organ was one of southern soul's most indelible sounds and few were more prominent on the instrument than Spooner Oldham who cut countless hits at Muscle Shoals and in Memphis behind artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Wilson Pickett to Percy Sledge and in later years working with Neil Young and Bob Dylan among many others. His writing career, usually in tandem with Dan Penn, was equally prolific with a catalog of major hits to his credit that defined the era and style like few others had.

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In my 50th. yr .of playing , with arthritis, setting in, I can still play Miserlou,Dick Dales calling card, Maleguena, Live version @ branson, Mo., Roy Clark, and John Henry, by an unknown artist from the old vienna coffe house, U.S.A.

I believe I sit in good authority, to pronounce genius, on Hayward,and Lodge. Soon, I will not be able to fret my collection of stringed instruments. On that day, I will sell My les Paul, Harmony, and Supro, TO YOU for big bucks.

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Posted by thomasdiganci on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 12:51pm

I feel Linda Ronstadt, The Cowsills, Carla Thomas, The Carpenters, and Rufus and Chaka Khan are over due and should not be over looked. Great music came out of these people with great times.

Posted by Howard on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 01:18am

sonic youth still doesn't get the induction?

Posted by Ignacio on Monday, 02.23.09 @ 16:21pm

How did those no-talent hack rappers get in.Rap absolutely sucks and is not music.I would like to see "Run" and "DMC" try to play an instrument,I bet there talentless brains would explode.Rap has had a negetive influnece on rock,I'll give rap two good bands it influenced.Rhcp and maybe Faith No More.After that all they did was influence crap like Linkin Park and the worst band of all time Limp Bizkit.
Shame on anyone who supports rap.
And they get in over the stooges?What a disgrace.
Still the so called "rock n Roll" hall of fame doesn't inducted a prog rock band.
Metallica is a good pick,I used to love them but I don't listen to them so much anymore,but if it wasn't for Kirk Hammets work on "Master of Puppets" I would've never picked up a guitar.

Posted by Manny on Wednesday, 02.25.09 @ 15:17pm

I hope you all know that if the Rock Hall had been inducting more than 5 artists in the performers category this year, Wanda Jackson would have been inducted in that category and not early influence.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 04:55am

If you're suggesting Wanda came in sixth in the voting, where's your evidence? You really think she came in ahead of the Stooges?

Posted by Al on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 07:50am

Tears For Fears, Joan Jett, Donna Summers , Soft Cell and sure the Cowsills.

Posted by Bill on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 01:05am

The 2009 presenters have just been announced:

Jeff Beck - Jimmy Page
Metallica - Flea
Bobby Womack - Ron Wood
Run-DMC - Eminem
Little Anthony & the Imperials - Smokey Robinson

DJ Fontana - Max Weinberg
Bill Black - Garry Tallent
Spooner Oldham - Paul Shaffer

Wanda Jackson - TBD

More on this later...

Posted by Future Rock Legends on Friday, 03.20.09 @ 10:35am


Little Anthony & the Imperials - Smokey Robinson
Bobby Womack - Ron Wood (The Rolling Sones)
Jeff Beck - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Metallica - Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Run-DMC - Eminem

DJ Fontana - Max Weinberg (E Street Band)
Bill Black - Garry Tallent (E Street Band)
Spooner Oldham - Paul Shaffer

Wanda Jackson - TBD

So what happened to the story about Aerosmith inducting RUN DMC?

Posted by Roy on Friday, 03.20.09 @ 15:13pm

I've been involved with rock'n'roll pretty much all my life (since the '60s), and I'm appalled by the fact that these seminal artists have not yet been induced in the RNRHOF:

- The Stooges. Voted off the island seven times, counting this year. What can the induction committee be thinking?
- The MC5. Ditto. Without the Stooges and the MC5, punk as we know it would not exist.
- The New York Dolls. C'mon, committee! The Dolls set the bar for much that came after in rock'n'roll. Johnny Thunders WAS rock'n'roll.
- Lou Reed. Sheesh. Don't get it at all.

What it looks like to me is that pop pseudo-punk (e.g., Blondie, and don't get me wrong - I like Blondie) is OK, but the true progenitors of punk, such as the Stooges, the MC5 and the Dolls, are not worthy. Unless, as others have said, it's really all about $$, none of this makes sense at all.

Posted by Ferrgus on Saturday, 03.21.09 @ 10:43am

I read somewhere on this site that the RRHF emphasizes contributions rather than success. While bands like Rush and Kiss were phenomenally sucessful, their contribution to the development of rock and roll is not as obvious as artists like Bobby Womack and Little Anthony and the Imperials. If success defines fame, then Britney Spears should be destined for the RRHF. You wouldn't want that, would you? The RRHF inducts quality artists.

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"Miles Davis as a Performer instead of Early Influence" is hardly crazy if you listen to "Bitches' Brew" or "A Tribute to Jack Johnson". Both of them, though best described as "fusion jazz", have most of the classic qualities of rock and were major influences on the 1990s underground with their and dense instrumentation and epic jamming.

Moreover, I cannot see any reason to induct Miles Davis as an early influence for his pre-fusion work. Albert Ayler could maybe be an "Early Influence" inductee given the acknowledgement of his influence by punks, but Miles would have to be under "Performer" if inducted. What is "crazy" is the failure of the Nominating Committee, given their induction of Miles, to even consider the induction of at least the Mahavishnu Orchestra and probably Weather Report who encompassed many of Miles' sideman and whose work's influence is comparable to Miles' own.

Posted by Julien Peter Benney on Friday, 06.5.09 @ 01:13am


I'm not denying it, but I think Miles Davis was big enough and influential enough as a jazz legend before his fusion work. Practically a staple in jazz before his fusion work, I would think his early work would have been influential enough to get him in as an Early Influence.

I also think the induction of Miles as a Performer was a definite point of fissure in Rock Hall politics and nominations. Pretty much until that point, all inductees were rock 'n' roll or a style of R&B that was closely related to rock'n'roll. Even the very-country Johnny Cash was/is embraced as a fellow rock'n'roller. Miles, imo, was the first decidedly non-rock('n' roll) artist to be inducted because his music while not rock was heavily influential to rock artists that came after him. After Davis was inducted, that pattern of not-rock-but-influential-to-rock has continued with Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, Madonna, and Run-D.M.C. Naysayers will probably point to that induction as a shark-jumping moment for the Hall. I think inducting Miles as an Early Influence would not only give credence to his body of pre-fusion work, but also might have delayed that moment of fissure.

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