Richard Thompson

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1997 (The 1998 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2020 (ranked #37 in the Sidemen (Individuals) category) .

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Shoot Out The Lights (1982)

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Will Richard Thompson be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


20 comments so far (post your own)

C'mon - the man wrote the anthemic Meet on the ledge and was recording while still in his teens and is also responsible for Shoot out the Lights; Dimming of the Day and 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - any one of which is reason enought to be in an hall of fame

Posted by ast on Friday, 01.12.07 @ 15:11pm

Richard Thompson has an absolutely legendary reputation within the world of rock and roll. Artists like Dylan, Springsteen, Mellencamp, R.E.M. and many others regard him with almost complete awe. He's one of the greatest guitarists of all time (acooustic and electric) and a fabulous live performer. His music has inspired almost everyone on the borderline between rock and alt-country. He's one of the people whose reputation simply continues to grow.

Posted by jayjay on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 00:07am

Richard Thompson is the reason God invented the guitar.

Posted by Velvet Tim on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 17:44pm

Richard Thompson deserves induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his song writing, his fantastic guitar playing and his performances as a singer.
RT also deserves induction for his providing so many opportunities to young artists to open for him at his performances all over the US and in many other countries.
52 Vincent Black Lightning in and of itself should insure his acceptance into this wonderful institution.

Posted by Robert N. Foreman on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 20:12pm

Richard Thompson has long been regarded as "rock's best kept secret." One of a handful of greatest guitarists the genre has ever seen (Eric Clapton wishes he was RT) and a shockingly articulate songwriter his influence is vast in both the rock and the folk fields. HIs failure to have been inducted over the past 10 years he has been eligible really calls into question the whole induction process.

Posted by NFB on Wednesday, 04.4.07 @ 08:55am

If the induction was based on talent and not fame Mr. Thompson would have been in 97...

Posted by Darn Floor on Friday, 12.11.09 @ 11:29am

Mr. Thompson is a very talented artist. I'm not sure if he deserves it, but it would be nice to see it happens. If the Hall wants to look for some folk artists to induct look no further than this guy.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 02.17.10 @ 20:00pm

richard thompson is brilliant; his songs are lovely, his playing is at such a high level i can't think of anyone who is as original as he is; this is just wrong, not voting him into the hall of fame; it's way long overdue

Posted by bob terrill on Saturday, 02.27.10 @ 14:16pm

With a hatful of brilliant albums, stunning live performances, electric and acoustic guitar, and a wonderful array of songs, RT should be recognised. I once heard him perform 'Shoot out the Lights' on acoustic - brilliant, no one else could achieve that, certainly not Clapton.

Posted by Sam Cotter on Friday, 03.12.10 @ 07:50am

The artistic credibility of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be judged on whether Mr. Thompson is soon inducted. If you take the parallel from Cooperstown, which is about consistent and superlative achievement, then there should be no question about Thompson's qualifications. If it is simply about fame, the relevance of the Hall as an archive to the history of this art form is suspect.

Posted by John Taft on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 01:15am

Who the Hell is Richard Thompson?!

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 07:42am

"Who the Hell is Richard Thompson?!" - Paul in KY

Paul, when you ask that question in print it makes people not want to take you seriously when you opine on something else.

Posted by joker on Tuesday, 04.17.12 @ 12:41pm

Since I was opining on whatisname above: Touche, Joker. Touche.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 04.17.12 @ 14:00pm

R.T. in 2014!

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 18:01pm

Over the past 45 years there have been just a handful of musicians (Young, Dylan) who have been consistently excellent. Thompson writes great songs, is an amazing guitarist and a mesmerizing live performer. His only fault is not selling a lot of cds.
Have some guts nominating committee!

Posted by David Hinder on Wednesday, 01.30.13 @ 12:23pm

Between his work with Fairport Convention, with ex-wife Linda, and under his own name as a solo artist (and band leader), Richard Thompson could potentially be nominated 3 times. His songs have been covered by many in and out of the rock genre. Rolling Stone magazine has included him in their lists of the best guitar players (he actually has two distinctive styles, depending on whether he is playing in a solo/folk/acoustic setting or a band/folk-rock/electric setting.

Posted by bam juggler on Thursday, 04.10.14 @ 12:04pm

It is hard for me to understand how there can be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Richard Thompson being a member.

Posted by Martin Baron on Thursday, 04.10.14 @ 12:49pm

This is a slam dunk, folks -- his playing has far more breadth and depth than a whole hall full of Eric Claptons, his writing is right up there with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young, and he's a uniquely, intensely soulful singer whose vocal style is every bit as distinctive as his playing and writing.

A "hall of fame" that inducts KISS and continues to ignore Richard Thompson is unworthy of the name!

Posted by Bruce Morgen on Thursday, 04.10.14 @ 20:29pm

Until now, I wasn't aware that Richard has been eligible since 1997. Each year I expect to hear that he has been inducted and each year I am disappointed. For someone with his sustained HIGH quality songwriting and playing spanning six decades, it is inconceivable that the great Richard Thompson has not been recognized.

Posted by Ronald Crock on Thursday, 10.8.15 @ 21:46pm

I think RT unquestionably fulfills both criteria for induction. He is an immensely talented guitarist and songwriter. The Rolling Stone named him as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time. He has received lifetime achievement awards in both the USA and the UK for his songwriting. Plus his songs are covered extensively by other artists.
As a founding member of Fairport Convention he influenced the evolution of Rock and Roll by adding celtic themes and tunes into its list of ingredients. Many artists have named him as an influence.

Posted by Chuck Ebert on Friday, 08.25.17 @ 12:39pm

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