Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2004

Inducted by: Dave Matthews

Nominated in: 2004

First Eligible: 1993 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood

Snubbed Members: Ric Grech

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2005 (ranked #216) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Mr. Fantasy (1967)
John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Dear Mr. Fantasy (1967)
Feelin' Alright (1968)
Glad (1970)
The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (1971)

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11 comments so far (post your own)

Someone needs to explain to me why Traffic is in and the Moody Blues aren't.

Posted by A-Killa on Sunday, 11.12.06 @ 09:28am

Because Traffic is better.

Any other questions I can answer for you? =)

Posted by Kit on Sunday, 11.12.06 @ 09:49am

The reason for Traffic being in and the Moody Blues being out is subtle yet obvious. Where Traffic utilized jazz to a large extent in their music, the Moodys in contrast relied more on classical. This doesn't sit well with most of the members of the Nominating Committee. Genres like jazz, r&b, blues and even country are OK to have as influences because those forms of music are considered more populist than that highbrow stuff known as classical.

Even the bio for Queen at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's own website downplays their use of opera as an influence in their music because the people at Rolling Stone and RRHOF don't want subscribers to leave the fold and convert to the classical religion.

There is probably an element deep within this rock & roll brain trust that even resents having to put the Beatles in the Hall of Fame because they used classical so much in a great number of their compositions.

You see, for Jann Wenner and Co. classical is no friend-classical is the enemy.

Posted by SG on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 03:18am

Or it's because The Moody Blues are intolerably boring. None of their music really lives an impression on anyone outside of their admittedly loyal fan base.

Posted by Casper on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 13:40pm

"None of their music really lives an impression on anyone outside of their admittedly loyal fan base."

That sounds a lot like another legendary prog-then-rock band - a trio I have heard of.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 15:04pm

Ha, don't even dare open that can of worms, Shawn!

Posted by Casper on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 16:12pm

I had no idea Traffic were in the Hall of Fame. I'm glad to know it, I never thought they would even be considered. I think SG may be right about the Hall of Fame detesting classical music. That would explain the absence of Deep Purple, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen and I'm sure there's more.

Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 16:14pm

I'd think that the absence of Malmsteen is more to do with the fact that he becomes eligible in '09.

He does suck though.*

* I am capable of being subjective.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 16:22pm

It's about time.

Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 16:32pm

Weren't Traffic a prog rock band? So much for the statement "Pink Floyd is the only prog rock band in hall." good to see Pink Floyd finally got some company

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 15:57pm

Chris Wood of Traffic was a horn player too.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.19.15 @ 16:18pm

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