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 cleveland.com's rundown.
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:
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Early Influence Category Inductee:
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 http://www.ticketmaster.com.
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 http://www.fuse.tv 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 MTV.com. 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.
2009 INDUCTION CEREMONY TICKET INFORMATION and SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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: 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 http://www.ticketmaster.com 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.
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Comments91 comments so far (post your own)
And the Stooges are not inducted once again.
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
THIS SUCKS!! NO NON-PERFORMER INDUCTEES THIS YEAR!
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
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.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:07pm
I am having a peanut butter sandwich for dinner.
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?).
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.
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.
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....
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.
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?
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.
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
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 ???????
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.
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!:
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
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
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..
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,
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:
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.
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)?
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
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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.
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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.
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.
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The 2009 presenters have just been announced:
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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:
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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