Jann S. Wenner

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Lifetime Achievement

Inducted in: 2004

Inducted by: Mick Jagger


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2008 (ranked #29 in the Non-Performers - Industry category) .


Jann S. Wenner @ Wikipedia

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I did not know this idiot actually was an inductee himself. How pathetic. I guess it shows how little I have payed attention to the HoF. The last tome I really cared was when Queen and Aerosmith went in together.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 13:42pm


"Will Jann S. Wenner be inducted into the [his own] Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?"

Kind of answers its own question really, doesn't it?

Well done, Mr Wenner. You have managed to make yourself into the antichrist of rock n roll.

You're also a strong contender for THE antichrist. Of everything.

Posted by liam on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 09:35am


His induction only goes to show that the saying "keep quiet and let people think you're stupid" is alive and well! I really feel that inductees or surviving family members should be given a vote. That way you're voted in by a vote of your peers, which I think would carry more weight, plus people like this would NEVER get inducted! Its like congress shutting the doors and voting themselves a pay raise...pretty pathetic!!

Posted by Terry on Friday, 02.8.08 @ 18:41pm


HEY JANN--ANY CHANCE I CAN SEE YOU AND MICK JAGGER KISS AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR?HAHA JOKING JANN BUT I KNEW THAT LINE WOULD GET YOUR ATTENTION:::HEY LOOK EVERY YEAR I'M LIKE A SCHLEP IN HEAT NOT GETTING INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME--WAITING OUTSIDE PISSING ON THE STREET AND CURB LIKE A DOG ON DOWNERS:::YOU THINK YOU COULD AT LEAST SPRING FOR ME A SEAT OR PRESS PASS OR AT LEAST LET ME PLAY A SONG ON STAGE OR SOMETHING,,ANYWAYS I HAVE THIS AMAZING SPEECH FOR JOHN MELLENCAMP THAT IVE COOKED UP AND IF MADONNA WANTS ME TO ADD A FEW WORDS THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!ALSO THE DAVE CLARK FIVE FINE,THE BLACK PEEPS ARE COOL GAMBLE AND HUFF AND LITTLE WALTER ALSO!JANN I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!C'MON BRING THAT VINTAGE OLD COOL JANN OF THE 1960'S,1970'S AND 1980'S BACK AND BE DARE-ING ONCE AGAIN--STAGNATION IS A FORM OF UNFOUNDED MENSTRUATION!SO KEEP IT REAL,KEEP IT COOL,THANKS FOR NOT PUTTING ANY BRUCE IN YOUR 40TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY ADDITION OF ROLLING STONES SUMMER ISSUE-HAHA JOKING--IT WAS COOL TO NOT SEE HIM IN AN ISSUE FOR A CHANGE...OK..YOUR BEGINNING TO GET THE MAGIC BACK JANN,NOW JANN-- SICK ME ON THE WORLD A-SAP...THANKS PEACE,DB...P.S. HOPEFULLY SEE YOU AT THE HALL OF FAME 2008!(JANN--YOU PROBABLY WONT LET ME GO BUT ITS WORTH A TRY)...DAN BARCAN...MORE P.S. CHECK OUT SPELL CHECK ON YOUR COMPUTER FOR MY LAST NAME(BARCAN)-AREN'T THOSE OTHER CHOICES FOR BARCAN WEIRD??ANYWAYS--TALK TO YOU LATER...PEACE,DAN...P.S. CHECK OUT MY 2 FREE MYSPACE SIGHTS AT DAN BARCAN AND D BARCAN IF YOU WNAT TO HEAR AND READ HISTORY IN THE MAKING AND ALREADY MADE SIR JANN-MEISTER!DB...

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 23:27pm


Web. Adm. - Can't you please do something about these ridiculous posts by this Dan Barcan character? Please!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 03.6.08 @ 05:11am


I think Dan B. went to his happy place...and never came back!!

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 03.6.08 @ 19:07pm


HELLO JANN QUESTION???

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:39pm


Hey Jann Listen i need you to send me a Limosine to and from the hall off fame and hall of fame(sorry not hall off)Listen i need my own private room and private bunker"aka dressing room" which need to be and will be stocked with Women,food,beverages,green and brown m+m's in a bowel i mean bowl and clean hand towels...We can meet for dinner and or breakfast even with a monitor bring charlie rose or larry king--but if larry is there i may throw up while im eating he is an ugly m'f'-fer(but a cool guy)...I may do a couple of songs and speeches and the only people who may disturb me may be Mick(Jagger) or Keith(Richards) to say hi if they are in town..if im in a chatable,chartable or charitable mood then i may say hi to Bob Dylan if he's in town(doubtful)...Jann also i will need a front cover story from you guys at rolling stone magazine if you ever want me to talk to any of you again-or i go to mojo music magazine,classic rock,uncut music magazine,Q,and spin AND TIME AND NEWSWEEK,AND THE NY TIMES FIRST!!!So we have to get me situated by sunday afternoon black tie?tux??i have clothes--i would like to arrive by sunday early evening and stay to at least tuesday at noon possible wed...Hope to see you there and you know your old friend John Lennon would be proud of you to cut through all the b.s. to bring a true fan of rock and roll and a rock and roll true fan...peace..DB...

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:56pm


Hey Jan--by the way that music critic and writer dave marsh(people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones)is a hypocrite and should be deported back to dumb ass land where he came from!In my opinion The man who hasn't written one decent article in his life and is annoying as you can human can be--Jan even though you have not been inducting most of the great groups of the last 40 years or so,Jan you still have more talent then he--He is a non talent ass kissing machine who kisses up to the boss,bob seger and every other million dollar selling artist...(Jann you(and fricke) are a close second to ass kissing up to the boss and bob seger etc etc,Dave is a rock non critic who should be deported to loserland a-sap!DB...

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 11:51am


Well, Dan...there goes your limo ride...and your front row seat!!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 13:21pm


HEY JANN-- HI--HOW ARE YOU? BY THE WAY-- WHATS SEAN CONNERY DOING LEADING THE DAVE CLARK 3,COOL PIC THOUGH OF THE DAVE CLARK 3...PEACE..DAN BARCAN...

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Thursday, 04.10.08 @ 14:09pm


Hey Jann "the boss"aka diana ross of his generation in the first class of New Jersey's gentile hall of fame???I thought maybe 2nd or 3rd class maybe 4th???

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Saturday, 05.3.08 @ 13:44pm


Looks like Jann Wenner has succeeded in becoming the JR Ewing of the music business. (We all know what happened to JR)

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 05.15.08 @ 23:14pm


HEY JAN WHATS GOOD MY BROTHER?HEY CHECK THIS OUT-I THINK I HAVE FINALLY NAILED DOWN THE MODERN DAY ERA OF NOW TIMES AND A BIG HIT FROM THE PAST THE TRUE 7 DWARFS OF ALL TIMES(ALL POSSIBLY UNDER 5FT6-WE ALL JUST DONT KNOW......1. BILLY JOEL...2.JOHN MELLENCAMP...3.JON BON-JOVI...4 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN....5.KEITH RICHARDS....6.HITLER...7.BOB DYLAN.............

Posted by dan barcan on Monday, 06.16.08 @ 16:23pm


I didn't know where else to post this, but I just finished looking at Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time", and some fellow named David Fricke patting himself on the back for his "knowledge" in the field...are they kidding??? They didn't say "rock" songs, they said "guitar" songs!!! Having played for a few years and really gotten into guitar history, there's maybe 10 songs of theirs at most that I would put on such a list! It's about as idiotic as their "100 Greatest Guitar Player List". Seems to me that Rolling Stone's editors listened to way too much top 40.

I think it takes a lot of gall to put a list like this together and actually post it in a major publication! Since when is Rolling Stone the top authority on guitar ANYTHING???

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 06.21.08 @ 08:05am


I think it's time someone put together a list of the 10 dumbest Rolling Stone "100 Greatest _____" lists.

Posted by classicrocker on Saturday, 06.21.08 @ 10:53am


I had read somewhere that the so-called "nominating committee" had said that they were going to start letting "non-rock performers" into the hall. Now, doesn't that make it something other than a "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame"?

I'm also surprised to see Steven Van Zandt's comments about the 80's, since that's when Springsteen has had the bulk of his success, IMO. It seems to be very biased opinion for someone on the "nominating committee".

That's the thing that I like about the Country Music Hall Of Fame...it's country, with very few exceptions! There are very few "crossover" performers, and the head of the nominating committee hasn't put himself in there that I know of.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 08:04am


How the hell did this moronic prick get in the hall?
I mean he's on the committee but still what the hell did the asshole do? Did he have any albums?!

This proves the HoF is a joke

Posted by Wenner Is A Wiener on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 13:18pm


Oh and by the way the "S" in his name stands for Shithead

Posted by WIAW on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 13:33pm


"Did he have any albums?!"

They also honour people who had an influence on the music without actually performing. You know, producers, arrangers, songwriters and label owners, but also DJ's, instrument makers, and in this case a publisher and co-founder of a music magazine.

Was it a smart thing to induct him, while he still was (and is) a committee member? No way, this is probably the most controversial inductee to date. Never heard of nepotism, Hall of Fame? It's wise to avoid it.

Posted by The_Claw on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 15:44pm


Jann Shithead Wiener

Take this idiot out of the hall!

Posted by Dddd on Sunday, 09.7.08 @ 12:36pm


If anybody here knows the idiot that is Mr. Wenner, could you do a favour for me and punch him in the face

He has had it coming to him for a long time

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 20:32pm


Satan has a representative on Earth and the representative's name is Jann S. Wenner (who also goes by the name Jann Shithead Wiener). Go to Hell were you came from Jann and go back to serving your master, Satan. Maybe you Can say hi to your best friends Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot! Then after that you Can Do Us All a favour by shoving a pitch fork up your gigantic, hairy, smelly ass!!

Goodbye and good riddance!!

Posted by STEVE SMITH on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 18:11pm


GEEZ, STEVE...why don't you tell us now how you REALLY feel....!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 18:19pm


He gets himself in but not YES? Freakin' O'Jays and John Mellencamp are in, but not YES? Holy crap. What a bunch o'crap!!

Posted by DZ on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 09:28am


To all you Wenner haters of which there seem to be many. He is a Founding Father of your cherished "Hall." Ergo your resentment of him is foolish and illogical. Without him there would be no Hall of Fame. Hate him if you will, but recognize who he is! (Luke he's your father.)

Posted by Worm on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 12:58pm


I don't know Mr. Wenner personally. He might well be a contemptible man. But that never kept anybody out of the R&RHOF. It's full of contemptibles. (Respond to this coldboy.)

Freeze btw, you are contemptible! If you can't figure out the sex of Pat Benatar how can you judge anything? (No response needed.)

Posted by Worm on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 21:41pm


Yes I do do Christmas, Freeze. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to come. If you truly want signify your goodwill you should retract the statement re wishing Mr. Wenner to "have fun in hell." That was not nice. I bet you don't even know him.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 12.25.08 @ 12:52pm


I don't know much about him .. But he sure knows media ..lol... I think he is more good than other potential alternatives...
But that is just me.. I like the Rolling Stone Mag I hardly ever read it but. and the Hall is cool.. Rock ON!!!?

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 04.26.09 @ 21:31pm


Was the movie Almost Famous about Jann Wenner?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 17:06pm


Almost Famous is a semi-autobiography written (and directed, I think) by Cameron Crowe.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 17:42pm


Your right Gitarzan. The film had nothing to with Mr. Weenner

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 18:18pm


Dingo Starr...man, you're cold-blooded!! That is some funny stuff, though! I've been waiting all afternoon for Cheesecrop or Philip to rescue me from the dreaded Kokopuffs...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.21.09 @ 18:07pm


Dingo...if you're playing guitar in the woods alone at night, does that mean you're not making any noise...(wow, that's deep stuff)???? Let me guess, in the 70's you were particularly fond of K.C. & the Shoeshine Band...that is, of course if your last comment is any indication...LOL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.21.09 @ 19:21pm


Looks like my initial comments were deleted. Some people have NO sense of humor.

Posted by Dingo Star on Wednesday, 06.24.09 @ 13:18pm


Wasn't Jann Wenner in a band called The Butt Cheeks who had a big hit with the single "When We're Apart?"

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 05:01am


Wasn't Jann Wenner in a band called The Butt Cheeks who had a big hit with the single "When We're Apart?"

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 05:01am

He might have been, but I think you're confusing Jann Wenner with the original name for the Jonas Brothers

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 05:06am


Can anyone say the single "Worst induction ever"?

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 14:30pm


Yes, I pronounce it "Ma-DAH-na"

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 15:11pm


I would like to go to Jann Wenner's house and check out his record collection!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 11:47am


Great...now Roy wants to go to Wenner's house. I don't think I'd want to go there for ANY reason...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 12:10pm


http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8E8BEE87D5F2D52F

Jann Wenner Playlist on YouTube. Not Much!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 12:21pm


I would like to go to Jann Wenner's house and check out his record collection!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 11:47am

You won't find any prog there

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 12:46pm


Great...now Roy wants to go to Wenner's house. I don't think I'd want to go there for ANY reason...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 12:10pm

I wouldn't go to his house if I was paid! (OK depends how much, but it would have to be a lot)

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 12:47pm


ARTISTS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BY JANN WENNER

01. 1987 Jerry Wexler
02. 1987 Ahmet Ertegun
03. 2006 Sex Pistols

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 10:00am


Probably one of the most hated men in the business (at least according to all the posts on this page) being inducted into (his own) Hall of Fame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezdg0840dgM&feature=relmfu

I'm guessing all the people with pitchforks and torches are outside.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 09:07am


http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/jane_divorcing_jann_at_last_CRMqViejJ7JJKY8j5Es1QN

Jane divorcing Jann at last
Last Updated: 12:25 AM, August 17, 2011
Posted: 12:10 AM, August 17, 2011

Rolling Stone founder and Us Weekly owner Jann Wenner is finally being sued for divorce by his estranged wife Jane Wenner -- 16 years after he sparked a sensation by leaving her and moving in with his gay lover, former Calvin Klein model Matthew Nye.
Jane Wenner filed for divorce in New York State Supreme Court on June 20, The Post’s Keith Kelly exclusively reports.
The couple’s separation in 1995 raised fears the rift would imperil Wenner’s media empire, which also includes Men’s Journal. The divorce filing is raising similar speculation.
“It can only mean they are selling,” said­ a source when informed of the divorce. “In the past, it was always too complicated.”

Funds from Jane Wenner’s dentist father helped Jann start Rolling Stone in the late 1960s, and she has remained a substantial partner in the business ever since -- meaning the divorce will be costly.
The Wenners never formally filed for divorce even as they lived separate lives for nearly two decades, and Jann and Nye eventually had children by a surrogate.
It’s a mystery as to what pushed Jane to finally divorce now, but some believe a change in New York law allowing gay marriage may have been a big factor, since it clears the way for Jann and Nye to formally tie the knot.
No lawyer was listed for Jann, but Jane has hired Adria Hillman, the pit-bull attorney who handled Revlon mogul Ron Perelman’s last divorce.
Calls to Jann Wenner’s office and to Hillman were not returned by press time.
“He’s 65 now. What’s the point of keeping [the empire],” mused one ex-associate of a possible sale. “None of the kids are going to run it. I know he still enjoys Rolling Stone, but he spends a lot of time at his home in Sun Valley.”
And the price? “Jann can’t get that $700 ­million figure out of his head,” our source added.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 08.28.11 @ 06:38am


Jann Wenner has taste. But then again, so do dingle berries.

Posted by Semper1790 on Monday, 03.5.12 @ 22:12pm


Good ole' Dan for President!

Posted by Chuck AzEee! on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 14:25pm


Jann Wenner would like to see Donna Summer and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the Rock Hall.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.17.12 @ 06:25am


So, which three artists will be Terry Stewart's final nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before he retires?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 05.27.12 @ 21:16pm


So who does Greg Harris want inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?!

Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.3.12 @ 22:53pm


How about this:

Jann Wenner can nominate The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The J. Geils Band in the same year.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 10:43am


Oh wait, he did! Wenner nominated both, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The J. Geils Band in 2006 and they both lost!

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 10:46am


Greg Harris wants Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Judas Priest and Motorhead inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but so did Terry Stewart.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.17.13 @ 12:16pm


Inducting youself. Brilliant.

Posted by Mr.Stone on Wednesday, 05.29.13 @ 22:54pm


He should have made it complete by also giving the induction speech for himself. Jann going up there with a slideshow and talking about how important Jann has been for rock and roll.

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 05.30.13 @ 06:30am


When he got inducted into his own HOF years back, I was just like, 'WTF, really? There's several, I mean several, non-performers that deserve to be in that spot at the moment and yet this guy just thinks its all about him'.

Well, my opinion still stands today. Don't get me wrong, like him or not, he did influence rock and roll in a way we don't want to think. He mainly helped push mainstream rock journalism. But he wasn't the first, of course. He's an entrepreneur in his own right, with his empire umbrella owning several publications. I do agree with most of the above comments, mostly the ones about he is without doubt the most hated and despised man in the business. Mostly because he is, again without doubt, the voice of who goes in the Hall of Fame today.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 05.30.13 @ 11:36am


Sometimes I wonder why people (particularly rockist) blame Wenner for not inducting acts such as Kiss and Deep Purple. Wenner wasn't in the nominating committee since 2006 and can only vote on the nominees since he is inducted in 2004 and is not the president of the whole foundation. I'm not a Wenner supporter but I don't know why people blame for picking nominees/inductees.

Posted by John R.C. on Wednesday, 06.26.13 @ 23:45pm


Spot on,John R. C. Blaming Wenner is among the most tired of the tired cliches that people need to educate themselves out of before they rant.

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 06.27.13 @ 00:22am


I think we are well aware that Jann is not on the Committee. But as a founder of the whole enterprise, he still has immense influence with many people who are on the Committee. Don't tell me that they don't talk. You can have influence without being on the Committee. Springsteen is another who is listened to by those who do make decisions.

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 06.27.13 @ 10:35am


Yeah Dezmond, I think that the hall mostly takes a lot of influence of Springsteen. I think the only time that they don't listen to him is inducting his backing band, the E Street Band.

Posted by John R.C. on Thursday, 06.27.13 @ 13:29pm


A member of the E Street Band is even on the Committee, Steve Van Zandt. And I think at some point they will get the E Street Band in.

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 07.4.13 @ 19:04pm



In 1959, 'Kissin Time' hit the charts, to be followed by 'Wild One' Swingin School' 'Volare' 'Sway' 'The Cha Cha Cha', 'Forget Him'¯ --- all of them were Top 5 hits. In five years Bobby Rydell was on the Hit Parade 30 times. Billboard lists Bobby Rydell as earning 34 Top 40 hits, making him one of the Top 5 artists of his era.

- Demonstrate unquestionable musical excellence

Besides his recording accomplishments, Bobby appeared to standing room only crowds at New York City's famed Copacabana at the age of 19. He was the youngest person ever to headline
the prestigious venue, receiving rave reviews from some of the toughest music critics in the world. Audiences agreed, every performance there was a sellout. (Reviews can be furnished upon request.)

He had a starring role in the motion picture 'Bye, Bye, Birdie' with Ann Margaret, as Hugo Peabody. In this film, the musical score was rewritten from the Broadway version to showcase Bobby's extraordinary musical abilities

Internationally popular, he starred in an Australian made film, 'That Lady from Peking'.

He appeared on numerous TV musical variety shows including, Jack Benny, George Burns, Perry Como, Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Shindig, Hullabaloo, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Where The Action Is, The White House Farewell to Ronald Regan, The Bicentennial Liberty TV Special, just to name a few.

He also appeared in the TV series Combat, Make Room for Daddy, The Facts of Life and My Two Dads.

- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame further states that they shall consider other things such as an artist's musical influence on other artists.

In 2000 in the book, 'The Beatles Anthology' (pg 96) Paul McCartney states:

"John (Lennon) and I wrote 'She Loves You' together. There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time 'Forget Him' and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We'd planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'She Loves You' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah'. We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called 'She Loves You'. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it. John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.

(Bobby Rydell was also particularly well known for the 'Yeah, Yeah's' in all of his early recordings, long before the Beatles used it in 'She Loves You'

- Other considerations, length and depth of career the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.

He began his career as a child on the Paul Whiteman TV Show, winning a talent contest and quickly became a regular on the show. As a teen he played drums in a band with Frankie Avalon, called Rocco and the Saints. He has sustained a 50+ year career in an industry that can be forgetful at best. Why? He is not just an Icon, but a Rock and Roll Icon. Bobby Rydell is still performing at the age of 71, to sell out audiences 'worldwide'.¯ The man has paid his dues to the industry and the time has come for him to reap the rewards.

In his enduring, successful career he continues to perform internationally. 'An Evening with Bobby Rydell'¯ as well as a long running production called 'The Golden Boys' with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He can still sing the hits that put him on the charts, and wow the crowd with his ballads and tributes to other legends who have gone to the 'Rock and Roll Heaven'¯ in the sky. He is still one of the most sought after entertainers in the entertainment circuit. His career has spanned FIVE decades, through music, movies, television, and night clubs. His singing style and technique are truly his own. He has surpassed many who have come before him and he has paved the way for many that have followed.

We believe that Bobby Rydell should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Janice Gates on Wednesday, 02.5.14 @ 17:39pm



In 1959, 'Kissin Time' hit the charts, to be followed by 'Wild One' Swingin School' 'Volare' 'Sway' 'The Cha Cha Cha', 'Forget Him'¯ --- all of them were Top 5 hits. In five years Bobby Rydell was on the Hit Parade 30 times. Billboard lists Bobby Rydell as earning 34 Top 40 hits, making him one of the Top 5 artists of his era.

- Demonstrate unquestionable musical excellence

Besides his recording accomplishments, Bobby appeared to standing room only crowds at New York City's famed Copacabana at the age of 19. He was the youngest person ever to headline
the prestigious venue, receiving rave reviews from some of the toughest music critics in the world. Audiences agreed, every performance there was a sellout. (Reviews can be furnished upon request.)

He had a starring role in the motion picture 'Bye, Bye, Birdie' with Ann Margaret, as Hugo Peabody. In this film, the musical score was rewritten from the Broadway version to showcase Bobby's extraordinary musical abilities

Internationally popular, he starred in an Australian made film, 'That Lady from Peking'.

He appeared on numerous TV musical variety shows including, Jack Benny, George Burns, Perry Como, Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Shindig, Hullabaloo, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Where The Action Is, The White House Farewell to Ronald Regan, The Bicentennial Liberty TV Special, just to name a few.

He also appeared in the TV series Combat, Make Room for Daddy, The Facts of Life and My Two Dads.

- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame further states that they shall consider other things such as an artist's musical influence on other artists.

In 2000 in the book, 'The Beatles Anthology' (pg 96) Paul McCartney states:

"John (Lennon) and I wrote 'She Loves You' together. There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time 'Forget Him' and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We'd planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'She Loves You' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah'. We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called 'She Loves You'. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it. John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.

(Bobby Rydell was also particularly well known for the 'Yeah, Yeah's' in all of his early recordings, long before the Beatles used it in 'She Loves You'

- Other considerations, length and depth of career the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.

He began his career as a child on the Paul Whiteman TV Show, winning a talent contest and quickly became a regular on the show. As a teen he played drums in a band with Frankie Avalon, called Rocco and the Saints. He has sustained a 50+ year career in an industry that can be forgetful at best. Why? He is not just an Icon, but a Rock and Roll Icon. Bobby Rydell is still performing at the age of 71, to sell out audiences 'worldwide'.¯ The man has paid his dues to the industry and the time has come for him to reap the rewards.

In his enduring, successful career he continues to perform internationally. 'An Evening with Bobby Rydell'¯ as well as a long running production called 'The Golden Boys' with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He can still sing the hits that put him on the charts, and wow the crowd with his ballads and tributes to other legends who have gone to the 'Rock and Roll Heaven'¯ in the sky. He is still one of the most sought after entertainers in the entertainment circuit. His career has spanned FIVE decades, through music, movies, television, and night clubs. His singing style and technique are truly his own. He has surpassed many who have come before him and he has paved the way for many that have followed.

We believe that Bobby Rydell should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Janice Gates on Wednesday, 02.5.14 @ 17:43pm


A Jann Wenner Type Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Nominations Ballot

01. War
02. Chic
03. The Meters
04. Dire Straits
05. The J. Geils Band
06. Grand Funk Railroad
07. The Sir Douglas Quintet
08. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
09. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
10. New York Dolls
11. Gram Parsons
12. Warren Zevon
13. Todd Rundgren
14. Captain Beefheart
15. Lou Reed
16. Ringo Starr

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.22.14 @ 09:16am


A Jann Wenner Type Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Nominations Ballot

01. War
02. Chic
03. The Meters
04. Dire Straits
05. The J. Geils Band
06. The Neville Brothers
07. Grand Funk Railroad
08. The Sir Douglas Quintet
09. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
10. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
11. New York Dolls
12. Gram Parsons
13. Warren Zevon
14. Todd Rundgren
15. Captain Beefheart
16. Lou Reed
17. Ringo Starr

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.22.14 @ 09:21am


A Jann Wenner Type Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Nominations Ballot

01. War
02. Chic
03. The Meters
04. Dire Straits
05. The J. Geils Band
06. The Neville Brothers
07. Grand Funk Railroad
08. The Sir Douglas Quintet
09. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
10. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
11. New York Dolls
12. Gram Parsons
13. Warren Zevon
14. Todd Rundgren
15. Captain Beefheart
16. Lou Reed
17. Ringo Starr
18. Joe Cocker
19. Barry White
20. Phil Ochs

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.30.14 @ 06:53am


UPDATED!

A Jann Wenner Type Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Ballot

01. War
02. Chic
03. The Meters
04. Dire Straits
05. The J. Geils Band
06. The Neville Brothers
07. Grand Funk Railroad
08. The Sir Douglas Quintet
09. New York Dolls
10. Gram Parsons
11. Warren Zevon
12. Todd Rundgren
13. Captain Beefheart
14. Joe Cocker
15. Barry White
16. Phil Ochs

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 12.24.14 @ 17:20pm


Jann Wenner wants Loggins and Messina, and Foreigner inducted.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.21.15 @ 14:06pm


I can't wait to see the look on Jann Wenner's face when he has to say "Chicago" at the opening of the 2016 ceremony!

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 12.17.15 @ 12:11pm


If its the same as last year he will be obviously intoxicated with a red and sweaty face.

Posted by Gassman on Thursday, 12.17.15 @ 12:16pm


It doesn't look like Jann Wenner and Joel Peresman attended the 2016 ceremony, but Greg Harris did attend. I guess Jann Wenner didn't want to face Chicago or say Chicago at opening of the ceremony. Chicken Wenner!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.17.16 @ 17:19pm


Damn. This is like the next nail in the coffin for magazines as a whole. True, Rolling Stone magazine readership and credibility has been on the decline for years now. Its now clear to those who follow the business/music industry that Rolling Stone is up for sale. Bob Lefsetz pretty much took words out of my mouth in his blog: http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2017/09/18/the-sale-of-rolling-stone/

I'd have to agree with him on just about every point he makes. Wenner didn't really keep up with the times and technology. In the 60s and 70s, yes- he and his team knew what was 'hot'. Times began a-changing' in the 90s. Remember, this was the same magazine that gave Nirvana's "Nevermind" and Weezer's "Pinkerton" a 3-star review (the mag would give both a 5-star one later on and rank them on their lists). Every time Bruce and Dylan would put out a new record, it would automatically get either a 4 or 5-star rating. In fact, I think the only artist besides them to get a 5-star is the White Stripes, in the last 15 years. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

That just goes to show how Wenner kept living in the past. Their lists were another, as I have taken their Top 500 songs and albums lists seriously. To me, they were the most relevant for a while. They would also have lists for the best drummers of all-time, and of course, guitarists. Lists are never a win-win for anyone, but Rolling Stone's opinion, at times, was as important as Guitar Worlds or Hit Paraders.

But either way, Wenner has led a great but challenging life. He inducted himself into the RRHOF, something he helped co-found. I'm sure he'll be spending more time with his 'other baby' when he decides to give up Rolling Stone.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 09.20.17 @ 12:06pm



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