Open Questions about the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

On December 17th, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2016 performer inductees: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and N.W.A. Here are some open questions about this year’s induction class that hopefully can be answered by those in charge of process: Rock Hall Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman, Rock Hall Museum President Greg Harris, Nominating Committee Chairman Jon Landau, and Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner. (Transparency and accountability are two of the tenets of non-profit organizations.)
  1. This year’s performer class includes only five artists, down from the six that have been inducted in recent years. Given the backlog of deserving artists, why the reduction?
  2. Was the number of inductees reduced to shorten the length of the induction ceremony?
  3. If so, why did you schedule the induction ceremony at Barclays Center the day before a hockey game? The last time the ceremony was at Barclays, you had to cancel the end of show jam session because of the curfew.
  4. Regarding the inducted members of Deep Purple, can you explain the rationale for how vocalist Rod Evans can be inducted but bassist Nick Simper is not, despite being in the band during the same era (1968-1969) and performing on the same albums?
  5. We have our theories, but can you explain why Steve Miller has been inducted solo, with no one else from the Steve Miller Band?
  6. Do bands with a complicated membership history have a disadvantage in getting nominated or inducted?
  7. Who were the “experts” you used to determine which members of the inducted artists got in?
  8. The official fan poll effectively ended on October 15th after you instituted limits to protect against volume voters (human or otherwise). Why was the fan poll created with no protective measures in the first place?
  9. When it was determined that the fan poll had fatal flaws, why wasn’t the poll scrapped in favor of a new, secure poll?
  10. Why did you create a poll with unlimited voting (that has almost zero impact on the actual results) that takes advantage of fans’ passions for their favorite artists by wasting their time?
  11. Did the fan poll last year have similar unusual voting activity?
  12. It has been reported that the Voting Committee was expanded this year. How many new voters were added? How many of the new voters are women? (Of the dozen or so new voters we have seen, none are women.)
  13. One of the new voters this year is Howard Stern Show producer Gary Dell’Abate (aka Baba Booey). What are the qualifications for becoming an official voter?
  14. Speaking of women, of the 25 people inducted in the Class of 2016, zero are women. Do you feel the Rock Hall has a gender diversity problem? If so, how do you plan to address it?
  15. Some of the members of the Nominating Committee have recently complained that the Voting Committee isn’t knowledgable enough about the broad history of rock and roll, and ignores the clear wishes of the Nominating Committee (Chic is example #1). Are there plans to change the composition of the electorate (most of whom are Rock Hall inductees) that would be more in line with the Nominating Committee’s views of rock and roll?
  16. Speaking of voters, how many of the over 800 ballots were actually returned this year?
  17. Who counted the votes and will you release the voting totals?
  18. Official ballots were due from voters on December 15th, but it seems clear that the inductees were determined and notified prior to the voting deadline. Given the reported low return rate of ballots, how could you be sure late ballots wouldn’t change the results?
  19. Only inductees in the “performer” category were revealed. When will inductees in the other categories be announced?
  20. The induction ceremony locations were previously going to be on three year cycles between New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles. This year was to be an L.A. year. Why was the L.A. ceremony scrapped? Are there currently plans to return to L.A.?

If you have additional questions about the Rock Hall process that go beyond the usual “why isn’t [my favorite artist] in the Rock Hall?”, leave them in the comments.


The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were officially announced on December 17th, just two days after votes were due. So far, only inductees in the Performer category have been announced. Additional inductees in other categories may be announced in late January.


Inductees will be honored at the Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn on April 8, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the public in February.


Future Rock Legends Predicts the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class will be announced on Thursday, December 17th. Greg Harris, President of the Rock Hall Museum, indicated in October that there would be five performer inductees this year, bucking the recent trend of inducting six. Reducing the number of inductees isn’t going to help alleviate the ever-increasing backlog of deserving artists, but it would make it easier for HBO to edit down the ceremony (recently running well over five hours).

Instead of trying to forecast who the voters selected, let’s examine this from the standpoint of a television production (as Rock Hall Nominating Committee member Dave Marsh recently put it, “that tail wags that dog every year”). With that in mind, Future Rock Legends predicts the following five artists will be 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees:

  • N.W.A - This is N.W.A’s fourth consecutive nomination, and the second straight year they have been the only hip hop artist on the ballot. The film based on their career, Straight Outta Compton, was a huge hit (fifth largest August opening weekend ever) and their stock will never be hotter than it is right now.
  • Janet Jackson - Speaking of artists who have had a good year, Janet Jackson has enjoyed a career resurgence after releasing a critically acclaimed album and launching an arena tour. Janet also happened to finish first in our unofficial Rock Hall poll, appearing on 48% of voters ballots.
  • Chicago - The Rock Hall hasn’t set the date or the venue for the 2016 induction ceremony, except to say it will be in New York in April. Chicago is touring this spring, and are scheduled to wrap up that leg of their tour at Madison Square Garden on April 18th. Hmmm... (a side note to this: Yes is beginning a UK tour on April 27th. Chic is potentially playing Coachella this year April 15-17 and 22-24. Chicago is on tour in early April. Steve Miller Band is touring extensively next year, but is on a break for all of April. If you don’t think the Rock Hall and HBO consider this stuff, you’re crazy. Never forget it’s a show to raise money for the non-profit Rock Hall Foundation. They aren’t going to induct an artist who can’t make it because they’re on tour, if they have other options available. Disinterested artists like Deep Purple are also hard to induct if the Rock Hall isn’t sure if they will show up for the ceremony.)
  • Steve Miller - At the induction ceremony, the Rock Hall likes to pair up an inductee with another rock star or two for the performances (think Miley Cyrus / Joan Jett, Chris Martin / Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder / Bill Withers). Perhaps Ace Frehley can finally perform on the Rock Hall stage and join Steve Miller for a performance of “The Joker.”
  • Nine Inch Nails - One of the truisms of our site is that every artist on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time is in the Rock Hall or will be when they become eligible (except for Gram Parsons -- it seems the Rock Hall forgot he hasn’t been inducted yet). Nine Inch Nails is #94 and should be inducted.
  • If there are six inductees, Chic is our pick.

We conduct our own unofficial poll here which, unlike the official Rock Hall poll, requires voters to select five artists on their ballot. The results (after 2253 ballots):

  1. Janet Jackson 48%
  2. Chicago 46%
  3. N.W.A 45%
  4. Deep Purple 44%
  5. Nine Inch Nails 39%
  6. Chic 33%
  7. The Cars 33%
  8. Yes 33%
  9. Steve Miller 32%
  10. Cheap Trick 32%
  11. The Smiths 32%
  12. The Spinners 27%
  13. Chaka Khan 27%
  14. Los Lobos 19%
  15. The J.B.’s 9%

For the record, the top five in the corrupted official Rock Hall fan poll were Chicago, Yes, The Cars, Deep Purple and Steve Miller. Rock Hall, please get it together next year. This year’s poll was an embarrassment. Also, try not to brag about the phony inflated vote totals.

One final prediction: the venue for the induction ceremony hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll predict it will be at Radio City Music Hall this time. Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden would be difficult to book since the NHL and NBA playoffs begin in mid-April. (How long do these venues need to hold those dates? Until the teams are officially eliminated from the postseason?)


The Evolution of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ballot

2008 Ballot

2009 Ballot


2010 Ballot


2011 Ballot


2012 Ballot


2013 Ballot


2014 Ballot



A complete look at the 2014 ballot at

2015 Ballot


2016 Ballot




Charles Crossley, Jr. breaks down the 2016 Rock Hall Nominees

Here is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame expert Charles Crossley, Jr’s detailed analysis of the 2016 nominees (reposted here with permission from his message board):

Here's my yearly analysis of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee Ballot.  Each year, the nominating committee (I refer to them as the "nomcom") select a group of acts eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Acts are eligible 25 years after their first national release.  The nominating committee is composed of rock critics, music industry executives, managers, a few musicians, one or two music historians and a few people I’m not sure who they are. . . .  Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine is Chairman of the R&RHoF, Joel Peresman is CEO of the R&RHoF Foundation, Greg Harris is CEO of the R&RHoF Museum, and Jon Landau, manager of Bruce Springsteen, is President of the R&RHoF Nominating Committee.   The Foundation oversees the Museum, the Library and Archives, the nominating and induction processes, fundraising and the induction ceremony, its biggest fundraiser. 
It seems many people define rock as “white boys playing loud”, with maybe a few exceptions that seem to prove the rule.  Many others have a broad definition of rock using one rule of thumb or another.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame uses a broad definition, pointing back to the beginning of rock in the late 40s on.  Personally, I define rock from the perspective of Alan Freed, the disc jockey who popularized the term “rock and roll” to refer to the music rather than just sex.  Freed played what we would call early R&B and doo wop, and called that “rock and roll”.  I define rock and roll as any music Freed played and any music that is derived from what Freed played.  And that covers a lot of music. . . . 
My analysis started as a reaction to many theories about who the nomcom nominates.  People have written that the nomcom nominates this type of act or that type of act.  The analysis has now grown beyond a tool of disproving theories to just being plain interesting. 
So, first, let’s look at this year’s R&RHoF
nominee ballot:

*The Cars
*Cheap Trick
*Deep Purple
*Janet Jackson
*The J.B.'s
*Chaka Khan (Note: this is as a soloist, not as a member of Rufus)
*Los Lobos
*Steve Miller (Note: unless the R&RHoF changes its mind, this is just Steve Miller, and not the Steve Miller Band)
*Nine Inch Nails
*The Smiths
*The Spinners

Next, let’s look at the
subgenres represented. 

Note:  artists don’t like being labeled by subgenres or styles.  It’s not how they usually look at creating music, and they see it as a type of pigeon-holing that keeps people from hearing their music.  That said, fans, radio stations and retailers use subgenres or styles to help them sort through the myriads of acts to find acts that to them seem similar.  I don’t mean to offend any artists, but please understand – this is how fans view music acts.

2 – Alternative
1 – Dance pop
1 - Disco
1 - Funk
1 – Jazz rock
1 - Metal
1 – New wave
1 – Philly soul
1 – Pop rock
1 – Power pop
1 – Progressive rock
1 - Rap
1 – Roots rock
1 – Soul

Next, by
members, including birthplaces. Asterisks (*) indicates members who will most likely be inducted, either because they appeared on two important recordings or because, in the case of Nine Inch Nails, they were Trent Reznor (yes, I'm blunt).... Any members not listed did not appear on a major recording. ??? indicates unknown birthplace or birthdate

The Cars
*Ric Ocasek - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (B. 23 Mar 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland)
*Greg Hawkes - lead guitar (B. 22 Oct 1952 in Fulton, Maryland)
*Elliot Easton - keyboards (B. 18 Dec 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, New York)
*David Robinson - drums (B. 24 Apr 1949 in Maiden, Massachusetts)
*Benjamin Orr - bass, lead vocals (B. 08 Sep 1947 in Lakewood, Ohio - d. 03 Oct 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia of pancreatic cancer at the age of 53)

Cheap Trick *Robin Zander- vocals, guitar (B. 23 Jan 1953, Beloit, Washington)
*Tom Petersson- bass (B. 09 May 1950, Rockford, Illinois)
*Rick Nielsen- guitar  (B. 22 Dec 1946, Elmhurst, Illinois)
*Bun E. Carlos- drums (B. 12 Jun 1950, Rockford, Illinois)
Randy “Xeno” Hogan – vocals (B. 02 May ???, Rockford,Illinois)
Ken Adamany – keyboards (birthdate ???, birthplace ???)
Stu Erikson – bass (birthdate ???, birthplace???)
Pete Comita – bass (birthdate ???, birthplace ???)
Jon Brant – bass (B. 20 Feb 1954, Chicago, Illinois)
Daxx Nielsen – drums (B. 12 Aug 1980, birthplace ???)

Chic *Bernard Edwards- bass (B. 31 Oct 1952, Greenville, North Carolina-D. 18 Apr 1996, Tokyo, Japan of pneumonia)
*Nile Rodgers- guitar (B. 19 Sep 1952, Greenwich Village, New York, New York)
*Tony Thompson- drums (B. 05 Nov 1954, Queens, New York, New York-d. 12 Nov 2003, Encino, California of kidney cancer)
*Norma Jean Wright- vocals (B. ??? in Ripley, Tennessee, R. in Elyria, Ohio)
*Luci Martin- vocals (B. 10 Jan 1955, The Bronx, New York, New York, R. in Queens, New York, New York)
*Alfa Anderson- vocals  (B. 07 Sep 1946, The Bronx, New York, New York)



Rock Hall Nominating Committee Member Dave Marsh Opens Up About the Induction Process


Notorious KISS antagonist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee member Dave Marsh, recently gave an interview to L.A. Radio Sessions, in which he revealed many of his frustrations with the induction process. A portion of the interview was posted on YouTube. Here is our transcript, lightly edited for clarity:

LA Radio Sessions: Let’s talk a little about the procedure, because people forget from year to year. I hear all these wide accusations that it’s all a Rolling Stone magazine Hall of Fame and this and that.

Dave Marsh: I’ve been on the Nominating Committee for more than 20 years and Jann wouldn’t have me in the magazine if I had a gun to his head. And I probably wouldn’t be in the magazine if you had a gun to my head! There are a couple of people from Rolling Stone, as there should be, in every version of the Committee, which did change shape and get a little smaller this year.

LA Radio Sessions: Can we talk about that at all?

Dave Marsh: There was a perception that it was too big and we were spending a lot of time just naming names and then voting on them and not having enough of a discussion. And the whole process… it’s actually... this is one of those moments where it’s unfair to a given individual who everybody, or almost everybody, slams all the time, because it was his perception. But that’s not anybody’s business outside of the Committee, so I can’t talk about it. I think that’s a broad enough hint. [Ed. Note: he is surely talking about Jann Wenner]

Whether you want to go out to dinner with somebody or not is irrelevant if they perceive something and help you make it better. And this is a slightly different approach and I think it’s a much better ballot than the last couple of years. Last year had a very good result off a relatively weak ballot, I think. This year, it’s much more difficult for the voters to make a mistake. And before we go any farther, let me say this, ok? This is… this is a hard thing to say, because I have a real commitment to this institution. And I think it was a wise and important thing to create it. But. The fact of the matter is, it is the only hall of fame in the world that convenes a group of experts to make its ballot and then gives the voting over to people who know less than a smidgen as much as the people who are in that room. It’s an insipid process. It really is.

That’s not the first time a Nominating Committee member has criticized the choices of the Voters, the majority of whom are Hall of Famers. Marsh seems to think that this year’s ballot is deep enough that no matter who the voters choose, it will be a solid induction class.

Dave Marsh: The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame classes, the first couple years, there were 10, 15 people that got in… What were you going to do, say “yes” to Chuck Berry and “no” to Buddy Holly? But it’s not like there isn’t still the wealth of… some of the people are more obscure and some of the people are more controversial... and keeping the tent as big as it needs to be is a continuing problem. But in the end, doing it five people a year is just completely frustrating. And it takes something that could be really, really great. And because they pay for the event with the TV show, I guess, I’ve never been able to figure it out on any other basis, that tail wags that dog every year.

This is a startlingly frank admission from a member of the Nominating Committee, acknowledging the influence the Rock Hall’s television partners (currently HBO) have over the process.

Dave Marsh: It’s kind of heartbreaking because… one of the things that happens is simple. People die. Darlene [Love] could have died without getting in the Hall of Fame. This has been such a holocaustal year for great musicians dying, that’s really foremost in my mind. Everybody is getting older. It’s not just those early British invasion bands who have turned 70, hell, the early British invasion bands are worrying about 80! It’s a few years off, but it’s going to happen. If you were born in ‘38 or ‘39 it’s gonna happen. Sam Moore will be 80 this year. So you’re going to start losing people that you shouldn’t lose without honoring them while they’re alive. And the longer you wait, the fewer people who actually remember how great something was.

And I’ll just use, because they’re on the ballot, and because it’s been an ongoing conversation, and because it’s the strangest area where the Hall of Fame’s inductees are weak… is hard rock bands. And the notion that Deep Purple [Ed. Note: keyboardist Jon Lord died in 2012], who are a great band by any definition of rock and roll. They made record after record. I know I took them for granted for way too long. And there’s a bunch of people like that, whether it’s somebody whose style is pretty much forgotten and discarded, like Marc Bolan, who is not on the ballot, and to the best of my knowledge has never been on the ballot, but who was the spirit of rock and roll. I would say in historical terms, one of the luckiest things that ever happened to David Bowie was Marc Bolan’s car crash. I don’t mean that to say anything mean about David exactly, but Marc was just something extraordinarily special. And when you’ve got a process that won’t even let you get around to that fact, because there are other even bigger problems that have to be addressed... It’s frustrating. Not because anybody wants it to be frustrating.

Then you got the whole problem… this is something for which radio needs to be taken to task, and particularly the genuinely evil Lee Abrams period. This continuing confusion about what the relationship between white rock and black rock ought to be, or is. And make no mistake, you have to talk about it like that, they have the same root. And they travelled at some points, and the paths have diverged quite extremely, and then again they always come back together. The musicians always know what the connection is. You never have any trouble explaining that to a musician, or at least not a musician who is worth talking to. So these are the all the limits within which that ballot got created.

I say this partly because I’m tired of pretending a whole bunch of things… it’s the Cream magazine person in me that wants to say, hey, there’s right, there’s wrong. Yes, we will never agree with anything the way we all agreed on Elvis. Yes, the same thing should be true of James Brown, and it never will be. And that we need to reckon with. We also need to reckon with the fact that people think they know the history of rock and roll, and I will tell you right now, 750 people are going to get this ballot, there are not 750 people in the world, on the surface of the earth, who can adequately comprehend what has happened since 1955. It’s just simply, you know… God knows, if you stick me in with a bunch of electronic acts, or those brit-pop things from the Duran Duran period, or there’s all kinds of nooks and crannies or sometimes rivers, that missed me.

LA Radio Sessions: Right, of course. Missed all of us.

Dave Marsh: I remember talking to Jon Landau, who is one of the original rock critics who is still alive that I’m closest to, and him saying to me at a certain point, “You know, it’s all going to be different now.” And we were up to about 1966 or 1967. And I thought about it as a person who didn’t much care for what came out of San Francisco, give or take Sly and Creedence. And yeah, it’s going to be different, we’re not going to agree the way we used to. And that’s what he was thinking about too. So when we talk, yes I’m on the Nominating Committee, no, I’m not a person who agrees with everything the Nominating Committee does, or with all the ways in which it’s compelled to do its job, but at the same time, I’m very proud to be part of it. And the institution, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is not a bad idea, it’s a very good one. Because somebody needs to do this. And we need always to be criticizing ourselves and each other and having people outside the process doing the same thing.

The only thing I can add to that is that I believe this to such a point that after about six months I realized that I should have been been supporting KISS getting into the Hall of Fame all along, for the simple reason that now all those idiots have to shut the f**k up about it. [laughter] I went, “Oh, really? This all dies down? I should have voted for them!”

It’s always fascinating when Nominating Committee members speak on the record about the induction process. It is nice to hear that they can be as frustrated with the system as their critics, but it also seems clear that any major changes will have to come from the top.


Unusual Voting Activity in the Official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Poll

Shortly after voting began in the official 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Poll, unusual voting patterns began to emerge. After just 48 hours of voting, the top five artists (Chicago, Yes, The Cars, Steve Miller and Deep Purple) had over 14 million votes each and had 86% of all votes. During the same time period, fellow classic rock nominee Cheap Trick could only garner 525,000 votes, just 0.64%, compared to the 17% each the leaders were receiving.

Poll Tracking 10-14-2016

To get a sense of how real fans vote (this is the 10th year of our poll!), let’s look at some vote distributions from various internet polls where you can cast a ballot for multiple artists (all results as of 10/14/2015).

First, the Future Rock Legends poll (5100 total votes, must vote for five artists):

FRL RockHall Poll

Next, the poll (7277 total votes, can vote for up to eight artists): RockHall Poll

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Poll (4920 total votes, can vote for up to six artists):

Post-Gazette RockHall Poll

And finally, the official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Poll (over 158 million total “votes,” can vote for up to five artists):


Rock Hall Museum President Greg Harris was touting last year’s record 59 million votes in the fan poll, which took two months. This year, they shattered that record in less than 48 hours, but examining the results, it’s not hard to wonder if there aren’t non-human hands at work. The Rock Hall failed once again to publish any rules about the poll, just urging people to “vote often.” Unfortunately, the one poll that is the easiest to game is the one that counts.

One of the reasons this is so outrageous is that there are a lot of real fans of the nominated artists who are spending a lot of time voting and urging others to vote. But they can’t compete with scripts that can cast one million votes per hour.

The Rock Hall needs to remove this poll, scrap the results, and replace it with one that is fair and secure. The first two years of the fan poll, the Rock Hall enlisted online poll professionals PollDaddy to host the poll. Beginning last year, they took the poll into their own hands which has led to nothing but erratic results (last year, Nine Inch Nails received 22% of the vote; this year, just 0.3%, which is strange to say the least).

Let’s also not forget that the lack of rules with the fan poll is symptomatic of the induction process in general. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only major award that doesn’t use an independent accounting firm to tally the results from their voters.


Using Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time as a Predictor for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


In 2011, Rolling Stone released their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time, created by musicians and other experts*. (Rolling Stone originally released a list in 2003 that was just David Fricke’s picks, which is less instructive for this exercise.)

As with the other Rolling Stone lists, there are a large number of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers represented here. Just 29 of the guitarists are not in the Hall of Fame. Since this list was created four years ago, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddy King, John Frusciante, Slash, Alex Lifeson, Mike Bloomfield, and Kurt Cobain have been inducted, and Link Wray, Deep Purple and the Smiths have been nominated. That’s a pretty good run. We’ll see if it continues this year.

The full list (linked artists are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame):

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Eric Clapton
  3. Jimmy Page
  4. Keith Richards
  5. Jeff Beck
  6. B.B. King
  7. Chuck Berry
  8. Eddie Van Halen
  9. Duane Allman
  10. Pete Townshend
  11. George Harrison
  12. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  13. Albert King
  14. David Gilmour
  15. Freddy King
  16. Derek Trucks
  17. Neil Young
  18. Les Paul
  19. James Burton
  20. Carlos Santana
  21. Chet Atkins
  22. Frank Zappa
  23. Buddy Guy
  24. Angus Young
  25. Tony Iommi
  26. Brian May
  27. Bo Diddley
  28. Johnny Ramone
  29. Scotty Moore
  30. Elmore James
  31. Ry Cooder
  32. Billy Gibbons
  33. Prince
  34. Curtis Mayfield
  35. John Lee Hooker
  36. Randy Rhoads
  37. Mick Taylor
  38. The Edge
  39. Steve Cropper
  40. Tom Morello
  41. Mick Ronson
  42. Mike Bloomfield
  43. Hubert Sumlin
  44. Mark Knopfler
  45. Link Wray
  46. Jerry Garcia
  47. Stephen Stills
  48. Jonny Greenwood
  49. Muddy Waters
  50. Ritchie Blackmore
  51. Johnny Marr
  52. Clarence White
  53. Otis Rush
  54. Joe Walsh
  55. John Lennon
  56. Albert Collins
  57. Rory Gallagher
  58. Peter Green
  59. Robbie Robertson
  60. Ron Asheton
  61. Dickie Betts
  62. Robert Fripp
  63. Johnny Winter
  64. Duane Eddy 
  65. Slash
  66. Leslie West
  67. T-Bone Walker
  68. John Mclaughlin
  69. Richard Thompson
  70. Jack White
  71. Robert Johnson
  72. John Frusciante
  73. Kurt Cobain
  74. Dick Dale
  75. Joni Mitchell
  76. Robby Krieger
  77. Willie Nelson
  78. John Fahey
  79. Mike Campbell
  80. Buddy Holly
  81. Lou Reed
  82. Nels Cline
  83. Eddie Hazel
  84. Joe Perry
  85. Andy Summers
  86. J Mascis
  87. James Hetfield
  88. Carl Perkins
  89. Bonnie Raitt
  90. Tom Verlaine
  91. Dave Davies
  92. Dimebag Darrell
  93. Paul Simon
  94. Peter Buck
  95. Roger McGuinn
  96. Bruce Springsteen
  97. Steve Jones
  98. Alex Lifeson
  99. Thurston Moore
  100. Lindsey Buckingham

* - Here are the voters who created the list, which includes quite a few members of the Rock Hall’s Nominating Committee (highlighted with links): Trey Anastasio, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Brian Bell (Weezer), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), James Burton, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gary Clark Jr., Billy Corgan, Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder (The Eagles), David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Peter Guralnick (Author), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), Brian Hiatt (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Brian May, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Scotty Moore, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tom Morello, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Brendan O’Brien (Producer), Joe Perry, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Robbie Robertson, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carlos Santana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Marnie Stern, Stephen Stills, Andy Summers, Mick Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Vieux Farka Touré, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Nancy Wilson (Heart)

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Using Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All-Time as a Predictor for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rolling Stone recently released a new “best of” list, the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All-Time.” Unlike most of their other lists, there’s no description of their methodology for ranking the names, so this one feels a bit arbitrary. As usual, these types of lists stir up controversy, but let’s take a look to see if the list can provide any insight into future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. The close ties between the Rock Hall Nominating Committee and Rolling Stone are no secret, and they often share the same favorites and biases.

Of the 100 songwriters on the list, there are just 29 who are not yet in the Rock Hall, and many of these are primarily known for country music, so they are long shots for induction anyway (Parton, Haggard, Nelson, Lynn, Kristofferson, Prine, and Hall). Ten more aren’t eligible for induction yet, but will be strong candidates in the future.

Some of the eligible artists on the list who are not in the Hall of Fame who could show up on this year’s Performer ballot are Harry Nilsson, The Smiths, Lucinda Williams, Ashford and Simpson, Björk, and the Replacements.

The full list (linked artists are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame):

  1. Bob Dylan
  2. Paul McCartney
  3. John Lennon
  4. Chuck Berry
  5. Smokey Robinson
  6. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  7. Carole King/Carole King and Gerry Goffin
  8. Paul Simon
  9. Joni Mitchell
  10. Stevie Wonder
  11. Bob Marley
  12. Brian Wilson
  13. Hank Williams
  14. Bruce Springsteen
  15. Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
  16. Leonard Cohen
  17. Neil Young
  18. Prince
  19. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
  20. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
  21. Lou Reed
  22. Van Morrison
  23. Robert Johnson
  24. Elvis Costello
  25. Randy Newman
  26. James Brown
  27. Ray Davies
  28. Woody Guthrie
  29. Buddy Holly
  30. Pete Townshend
  31. Dolly Parton
  32. Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  33. Merle Haggard
  34. Michael Jackson
  35. Bono and the Edge
  36. Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
  37. Jackson Browne
  38. Al Green
  39. David Bowie
  40. John Fogerty
  41. Max Martin
  42. Sly Stone
  43. Johnny Cash
  44. Jimmy Webb
  45. Robbie Robertson
  46. Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
  47. Neil Diamond
  48. Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  49. Don Henley and Glenn Frey
  50. Billy Joel
  51. Willie Dixon
  52. The Notorious B.I.G.
  53. Stevie Nicks
  54. Kurt Cobain
  55. Tom Waits
  56. Madonna
  57. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
  58. George Clinton
  59. Tom Petty
  60. Willie Nelson
  61. Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
  62. Harry Nilsson
  63. Chrissie Hynde
  64. Bert Berns
  65. George Harrison
  66. Kenny Gamble and Leon A. Huff
  67. Morrissey and Marr
  68. Jay Z
  69. James Taylor
  70. Dan Penn
  71. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
  72. Fats Domino and Dave Barthomolew
  73. Radiohead
  74. Patti Smith
  75. Isaac Hayes and David Porter
  76. Loretta Lynn
  77. Allen Toussaint
  78. Curtis Mayfield
  79. Lucinda Williams
  80. R. Kelly
  81. Björk
  82. Marvin Gaye
  83. Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
  84. Kanye West
  85. R.E.M.
  86. Sam Cooke
  87. Kris Kristofferson
  88. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill
  89. Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
  90. Babyface
  91. Eminem
  92. Paul Westerberg
  93. Billie Joe Armstrong
  94. John Prine
  95. The Bee Gees
  96. Timbaland and Missy Elliott
  97. Taylor Swift
  98. Otis Blackwell
  99. Tom T. Hall
  100. Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee Purge of 2015: Questions and Answers

Rock Hall 2015 Nominating Committee

On Friday, June 19th, Ed Christman from Billboard broke the story that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has let go many long-serving members of its Nominating Committee. So, what do we know so far?

Q: How many people from the Nominating Committee were let go?
A: The Billboard article’s headline says “at least 16 nominating members” were dismissed, but in the article, it is framed more as speculation from sources that “as many as 16 of the 42” members are gone. In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chuck Yarborough spoke to an ousted member who says the letter from Jon Landau stated the Rock Hall intended “to reduce the size of the committee by a third” to allow for “more flexibility in terms of discussion.” Reducing the Committee by a third would bring it down to about 28 members.

Q: Who was let go?
A: Billboard lists four names: “veteran A&R executive Joe McEwen, a blues and R&B expert; Greg Geller, a label executive specializing in reissues; Arthur Levy, a senior writer at a number of major record labels; and Bob Merlis, one of the industry's most renowned publicists who is now independent but was at Warner Bros. Records from the early 1970s through the 1990s.” Former L.A. Times critic Bob Hilburn confirmed on Twitter that he was dismissed as well. (Roger Friedman reports that Joe Levy was also let go, but it seems possible he mixed him up with Arthur Levy.)

Q: Who is still on the Committee?
There are a lot of question marks here, but Billboard confirms that Landau, Questlove, Cliff Burnstein and Seymour Stein are still involved. It’s probably safe to assume that Museum president Greg Harris is still in. Robbie Robertson, Rick Krim, Paul Shaffer and Rob Light are all deeply involved in the Induction Ceremonies each year. Beyond that, it’s difficult to say. Hopefully more names will be confirmed soon. Here is a full list of Nominating Committee members over the last 30 years.

Q: Why did the Rock Hall target the experts on the Early Rock and R&B Influencers subcommittee?
A: Billboard frames a lot of their story around the idea that the Rock Hall “wiped out more than half of the Hall's Early Rock and R&B Influencers subcommittee.” It’s true that four of the seven members on that committee were let go, but that leaves at least 10 other members who were potentially on other subcommittees that are now gone too. As of five years ago, there were three subcommittees: one on progressive rock and heavy metal; one on hip-hop; and one on early rock and rollers and rhythm & blues.

Q: So what does this mean for future ballots? Will early rock and R&B influencers be ignored?
A: Anymore than they already are? At this point it’s impossible to say. McEwen, Geller, Levy and Merlis aren’t the only people well versed in those eras. All of them had been serving on the Nominating Committee for over 24 years. If their recommendations hadn’t been fully reflected on the ballot by now, perhaps it’s time for others to have a chance to sway the overall Committee. We have evidence in recent years that new members are more effective in getting artists onto the ballot.

Q: Does this have anything to do with artists inducted as “Early Influences”?
A: Not directly. Those artists are chosen by a separate committee. The Rock Hall hasn’t named a true “Early Influence” inductee since 2000. The three since then (Wanda Jackson, Freddie King and the “5’ Royales) were all artists who had been previously nominated on the Performer ballot.

Q: Why did the Rock Hall let go of those specific people?
A: Billboard: “But some Hall of Fame watchers worry that this latest move by Landau and Jann Wenner -- widely seen as the dominating figures in the Hall -- is meant to reduce the focus on the pioneers so that going forward the Hall can focus on artists who came to the fore in the 1980s and soon the 1990s, who might still have more cache with mainstream music fans and HBO, which broadcasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's show.”

Ever since HBO got involved, we have been speculating about how this may affect the inductions (more stars, bigger names).

Yarborough: “Is this really a move to get younger meat in the seats, or rather, younger rockphiles through the turnstiles, so to speak? Well, I believe it is, just by the evidence in our own back yard. . . What scares me is that it seems the history of rock 'n' roll is going to take a huge hit in exchange for pandering – yes, I said pandering – to the younger masses.”

Roger Friedman believes Jann Wenner may move the eligibility date for artists down to 20 years: “Replacing nominators with younger people who have no attachment or feel for rock origins, and moving up the eligibility means Wenner can continue to skip over acts he doesn’t like and move on to more recent stars.” More Friedman: “There’s also a theory that Wenner will now try to force in groups like Journey or Kansas so that the HBO show turns into 80s nostalgia.” (C’mon Roger, Jann Wenner forcing in Journey and Kansas? Are you insane?)

Before removing his tweets, Rob Tannenbaum speculated that the Nominating Committee cuts were potentially in retaliation for members speaking to him for his recent Rock Hall story.

Some less conspiratorial theories: Maybe these Nominating Committee members didn’t participate or couldn’t make it to the meetings. Maybe they pushed the same names year after year. Maybe they aren’t familiar with some of the more recently eligible artists.

Is any of this true? At this point, we just don’t know. Perhaps Jon Landau will speak to Billboard as he promised on Friday.

Q: Billboard, Yarborough and Friedman all paint this move as a negative for the Rock Hall. But is it really a bad thing to shuffle the deck once per decade?
A: We have long been advocates of term limits for Nominating Committee members. Each person brings their own expertise and experience to the table, but after 10 years, it’s probably time to change the dynamic in the room. Hopefully Landau and Wenner invite new people to the meeting and don’t just try to lock it down to existing members. Ideally, this would create a ballot full of previously overlooked artists who had never had a chance to be inducted before.

Q: Sound great, but will this really change anything?
A: After the 2006 inductions, the Nominating Committee went from a bloated 72 members down to 31. So how did this affect the 2007 ballot? The biggest change was the number of nominees, which dropped to nine, down from sixteen.* But of the nine nominees in 2007, six had been nominated the previous year. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

So, when the nominees get announced in October, don’t expect a ballot full of Def Leppards, Weird Als and Grandfunk Railroads. Any changes will be gradual and cautious, just like they have always been.

* - It would be interesting if the ballot contracts to only nine or ten names again to basically force the Voting Committee to induct who the Nominating Committee wants (*cough* Chic *cough*).


Using Lollapalooza Headliners as a Predictor for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Over the last 25 years, Lollapalooza has an impressive track record for showcasing some of the biggest and best names in rock. Many of the headliners have since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But does a headline slot guarantee you a future home in Cleveland? Just like we did with Coachella, let’s take a look at the top three headliners from each Lollapalooza over the years. (* = already a Hall of Famer)

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presenters and Performers

Today, the Rock Hall announced most of the presenters and performers for the 2015 Induction Ceremony. Here’s what we now know about the event. (Spoiler alert?)
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted by Peter Wolf. Tom Morello will be a part of the musical tribute.
  • Green Day will be inducted by Fall Out Boy. Green Day is still working on their setlist, but hope to include something from their Lookout years.
  • Bill Withers will be inducted by Stevie Wonder. John Legend and Wonder will perform a musical tribute. Withers hasn’t officially been ruled out as a performer, but it now seems highly unlikely.
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts do not currently have a presenter. Dave Grohl has been confirmed to be a part of Jett’s performance.
  • Lou Reed will be inducted by Patti Smith, who also inducted the Velvet Underground. Beck will be a part of the musical tribute to Reed.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble will be inducted by John Mayer. Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall and Gary Clark Jr. will join the members of Double Trouble for a performance, which may include “Texas Flood” and “Crossfire.”
  • Ringo Starr will be inducted by Paul McCartney. Ringo does not want to put together a band, but says he will play “With A Little Help From My Friends” if McCartney organizes it. Joel Peresman says it will likely be the end of show “jam session.” Joe Walsh will perform during the tribute. Just a guess at this point, but don’t be surprised to see Dave Grohl in this part of the show as well, since he is close to McCartney and has a history with Beatles songs.
  • The “5” Royales will be inducted by Steve Cropper. Fred Tanner, younger brother of John and Eugene Tanner, will accept the award. No word on if there will be a live musical tribute or who would perform.

The Induction Ceremony will be held on April 18th in Cleveland. An edited version of the show will premiere on HBO on May 30th.


The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were officially announced on December 16th, one week after votes were due.


Award for Musical Excellence:

Early Influence:

Inductees will be honored at the Induction Ceremony in Cleveland on April 18, 2015.


Future Rock Legends Predicts the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Ballots to determine the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015 were due today. The inductees will likely be announced early next week. Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale to Rock Hall members on December 17th and the general public the following day.

The official fan poll voting also wrapped up on December 9th. The top five had been pretty well established for the last couple of weeks, so there were no last minute changes in the polls. The biggest surprise occurred after the poll closed and the Rock Hall posted the enormous final vote totals (which had not been revealed yet -- only the percentages).

  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble 31.04% (18,331,506 votes)
  2. Nine Inch Nails 22.20% (13,114,449 votes)
  3. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 15.08% (8,907,057 votes)
  4. Bill Withers 6.49% (3,830,587 votes)
  5. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band 6.25% (3,692,959 votes)
  6. Lou Reed 5.29% (3,121,379 votes)
  7. War 2.67% (1,575,036 votes)
  8. Green Day 2.59% (1,527,135 votes)
  9. Sting 1.75% (1,034,505 votes)
  10. N.W.A 1.29% (761,395 votes)
  11. Kraftwerk 1.15% (681,999 votes)
  12. The Smiths 1.12% (662,229 votes)
  13. The Spinners 1.12% (661,758 votes)
  14. The Marvelettes 0.98% (580,523 votes)
  15. Chic 0.98% (578,506 votes)

That’s a total of 59,060,935 votes! Last year, there were only 1,390,504 votes cast in the fan poll (which included KISS and Nirvana). This is what the voting looked like last year -- pretty consistent percentages throughout the voting process.


Now look at this year’s graph:


Those are tumultuous results given the high volume of votes! There are swings in the polls of hundreds of thousands of votes over short periods of time, well after the initial publicity of the poll has worn off.

Internet polls can be very unreliable and subject to votebots. The previous two years, the Rock Hall outsourced the fan poll to, who at least specializes in online polls. This year, the Rock Hall hasn’t disclosed who is running their poll or even the simple rules for voting (how often can you vote from a device? an IP address? is there a limit at all?). All we know is that the top five will get one extra vote each, thrown in the with the results from the greater Voting Committee that will determine the 2015 inductees.

We conduct our own unofficial poll here which, unlike the official Rock Hall poll, requires voters to select five artists on their ballot. The results (after 1309 ballots):

  1. The Smiths 51%
  2. Lou Reed 47%
  3. Green Day 45%
  4. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble 45%
  5. Nine Inch Nails 43%
  6. Kraftwerk 42%
  7. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 33%
  8. Bill Withers 31%
  9. War 27%
  10. N.W.A 26%
  11. The Marvelettes 26%
  12. Sting 23%
  13. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band 23%
  14. The Spinners 19%
  15. Chic 19%

That is a whole lot of prelude to our predictions, but here are the six artists we predict will be inducted in 2015:

  • Green Day: Don’t let their poor showing in the Rock Hall fan poll fool you. This band has been tracking as a first-ballot Hall of Famer since American Idiot was released ten years ago.
  • Lou Reed: He was nominated in 2000 and 2001 but for some reason disappeared from the Rock Hall ballot until after he died late last year. He is clearly the sentimental favorite, but no less deserving.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: The image on our homepage has included Stevie Ray Vaughan since 2006, but this is the first time he has been nominated for induction. We’re betting the voters have been waiting for a chance to make him a Hall of Famer.
  • Bill Withers: Although he has been out of the music game for a long time, he likely hits a sentimental sweet spot with the voters.
  • Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor already has a large trophy case for his Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammys, which just proves the respect that he commands in the industry. He’s #94 on Rolling Stone’s Immortals list, which is full of Hall of Famers.
  • Sting: While you’re on that Immortals page, check out who VH1 had as their #63 artist of all-time back in 1998... Sting! (Stevie Ray Vaughan was #70.) Sting has been in the news lately, with his Broadway musical and the recent Kennedy Center Honors.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Chic or the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are the most likely candidates that will be proving us wrong. We’ll find out soon enough.


Charles Crossley, Jr. breaks down the 2015 Rock Hall Nominees

Here is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame expert Charles Crossley, Jr’s detailed analysis of the 2015 nominees (reposted here with permission from his message board):

First, the nominee ballot itself:

Bill Withers
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
The Marvelettes
Nine Inch Nails
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Smiths
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughan

So, let's break up these nominees and examine them based on different criteria, with an emphasis on the criteria people have claimed in the past made a difference about who gets nominated.

First, by

1 - Alternative
2 - Blues Rock
1 - Disco
1 - Electronica
1 - Funk
1 - Gangsta Rap
1 - Hard Rock
1 - Industrial/Alternative
1 - Motown
1 - Philly Soul
1 - Pop/Punk
2 - Singer/Songwriter
1 - Sunshine Pop/Soul

Next, by
members, including birthplaces. Asterisks (*) indicates members who will most likely not be inducted, either because they did not appear on an important recording or because they were in Kraftwerk or Nine Inch Nails (yes, I'm blunt).... Any members not listed did not appear on a major recording. ??? indicates unknown birthplace or birthdate:

Bill Withers - 1
B. 04 Jul 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia

Chic - 6 
Bernard Edwards (B. 31 Oct 1952, Greenville, North Carolina-d. 18 Apr 1996, Tokyo, Japan of pneumonia)
Nile Rodgers (b. 19 Sep 1952, Greenwich Village, New York, New York)
Tony Thompson (b. 05 Nov 1954, Queens, New York, New York-d. 12 Nov 2003, Encino, California of kidney cancer)
Norma Jean Wright (b. ??? in Elyria, Ohio)
Luci Martin (b. 10 Jan 1955, New York, New York)
Alfa Anderson (b. 07 Sep 1946, Bronx, New York, New York)
Note:  Wright was 17 when she joined local Ohio trio the Topettes.  She then sang background on "Then Came You" by the Spinners/Dionne Warwick, then toured with the Spinners, then joined Chic in 1977.  By that timeline, she was born somewhere around the mid-50's.

Green Day - 5
Billy Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar) (b. 17 Feb 1972 in Oakland, California; raised in Rodeo, California)
Mike Dirnt (bass) (b. Michael Ryan Pritchard on 04 May 1972 in Berkeley, California)
*John Kiffmeyer (drums) (b. 11 Jul 1969 in El Sobrante (also his nickname), California)
Tre Cool (drums) (b. Frank Edwin Wright, Jr. on 09 Dec 1972 in Frankfurt, West Germany; raised in Willits, California)
*Jason White (bgv, guitar) (b. 11 Nov 1973 in North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - 6 
Joan Jett (B. 22 Sep 1958, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania)
Ricky Byrd (B. 30 Apr 1953, Bronx, New York, New York)
Gary Ryan (B. 03 Jul 1964, POB ???)
Lee Crystal (B. 03 Feb 1958, Brooklyn, New York, New York - D. 06 Nov 2013, Maplewood, New Jersey, at the age of 57 from complications of multiple schlerosis.)
Kasim Sulton (08 Dec 1955, Staten Island, New York, New York)
Thommy Price (09 Dec 1956, Brooklyn, New York, New York)

Note: none of the Blackhearts were named in the press release bio - only Joan Jett.

Kraftwerk - 12
Ralf Hutter (20 Aug 1946, Krefeld, Germany)
Florian Schneider-Esleben (07 Apr 1947, Kattenhorn, Germany)
*Andreas Hohmann (???)
*Klaus Dinger (24 Mar 1946, Scherfede, Germany-died 21 Mar 2008, Dusseldorf, Germany (?), of congestive heart failure)
*Klaus Roeder (07 Apr 1948, Stuttgart, Germany)
*Wolfgang Flur (17 Jul 1947, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
*Karl Bartos (31 May 1952, Berchtesgaden, Germany)
*Fernando Abrantes (14 Oct 1960, Portugal)
*Henning Schmitz (26 Dec 1953, Dusseldorf, Germany)
*Fritz Hilpert (31 May 1956, Amberg, Germany)
*Stefan Pfaffe (22 Oct 1979, Erfurt, Germany)
*Falk Grieffenhagen (1969, Norden, Germany)

Note:  In case the R&RHoF decides to induct the "classic Kraftwerk" (if you may) configuration instead of just Hutter and Schneider, then percussionist Wolfgang Flur and musician Karl Bartos will also be inducted with Hutter and Scheider.  The "classic Kraftwerk" configuration were the four to write and record Radio-Activity, Trans Europe Express, The Man-Machine, Computer World and Techno Pop (a.k.a. Electric Café).  However, only Hutter and Schneider are mentioned in the press release bio.

Lou Reed - 1
B. Lewis Allen Reed, 02 Mar 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, New York - D. 27 Oct 2013 in South Hampton, New York, of liver disease at the age of 71.

The Marvelettes - 6
Gladys Horton (B. 30 May 1940 in Inkster, Michigan-D. 26 Jan 2011 in Sherman Oaks, California from complications from a series of strokes at the age of 66.)
*Georgia Dobbins
Georgeanna Tillman (B. 06 Feb 2043 in Inkster, MI - D. 06 Jan 1980 in Inkster, Michigan from lupus and sickle cell anemia at the age of 36)
Juanita Cowart (Inkster, MI)
Katherine Anderson (B. 16 Jan 1944 in Ann Arbor, Michigan - raised in Inkster, Michigan)
Wanda Young (B. 09 Aug 1943 in Inkster, MI)

Note: the press release bio did not mention Juanita Cowart, who appeared on all the Marvelettes' releases from "Please, Mr. Postman" through "Beechwood 4-5789".

Nine Inch Nails - 23 
Trent Reznor (b. 17 May 1965 in Mercer, Pennsylvania)
*Chris Vrenna
*Ron Musarra
*Richard Patrick
*Gary Talpas
*Nick Rushe
*David Haymes
*Lee Mars
*James Wooley
*Jeff Ward
*Robin Finck
*David Lohner
*Charlie Clouser
*Jerome Dillon
*Alessandro Cortini
*Jeordie White
*Aaron North
*Josh Freese
*Alex Carapetis
*Justin Meldal-Johnsen
*Ilan Rubin
*Josh Eustis
*Pino Palladino

N.W.A - 6 –
Ice Cube (b. O’Shea Jackson on 15 Jun 1969 in Los Angeles, California)
Easy-E (b. Eric Lynn Wright on 07 Sep 1963 in Compton, CA-d. 26 Mar 1995 in Los Angeles, California of complications from A.I.D.S.)
Dr. Dre (b. Andre Rommelle Young on 18 Feb 1965 in Compton, California)
Yella (b. Antoine Carraby on 11 Dec 1967 in Compton, California)
Arabian Prince (b. Mik Lezan on 17 Jun 1964 in Compton, California)
MC Ren (b. Lorenzo Jerald Patterson on 14 Jun 1969 in Los Angeles, California)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- 17
Paul Butterfield (b. 17 Dec 1942 in Chicago, Illinois-d. 04 May 1987 in Hollywood, CA, of morphine overdose)
Mike Bloomfield (b. 28 Jul 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, d. 15 Feb 1981 in San Francisco, CA of drug overdose – details unclear)
Sam Lay (b. 20 Mar 1935 in Birmingham, Alabama)
Jerome Arnold (b. 26 Nov 1936 in Chicago, Illinois)
Elvin Bishop (b. 21 Oct 1942 in Glendale, California, from 1952 raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Mark Naftalin (b. 02 Aug 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Billy Davenport (b. 23 Apr 1932 in Chicago, Illinois-d. 24 Dec  1999 in ???)
*Bugsy Maugh (b. 07 Mar 1942 in St. Joseph,  Missouri)
*Phil Wilson (b. 08 Sep 1941, St. Louis, Missouri-d. 01 Apr 1992 (some sources 25 Mar 1992) in New York, murdered during an home invasion)
*Gene Dinwiddie (b. 19 Sep 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky-d. 11 Jan 2002 in La Puente, California  of ??)
*David Sanborn (b. 30 Jul 1945 in Tampa, Florida)
*Keith "Whistlin' Willie" Johnson (???)
*Buzzy Feiten a.k.a. Buzz Feiten (b. Howard Feiten on ??? in Centerpoint, New York)
*Rod Hicks (b. 01 Jul 1942 in Detroit, Michigan-died 02 Jan 2013 in Detroit, Michigan of cancer)
*Steve Medaio (b. 18 Jul 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, New York)
*Ted Harris a.k.a. Teddy Harris, Jr. (b. 27 Aug 1934 in Detroit, Michigan-d. 19 Aug 2005 in Detroit, Michigan of cancer)
*Trevor Lawrence (b. on ??? in Brooklyn, New York, New York)

Note: although the press release acknowledged the importance of both the first self-titled album and the second album East West, the bio did not name East West drummer Billy Davenport.

The Smiths - 5
Morrissey (vocals) (b. 22 May 1959 in Davyhulme, England)
Johnny Marr (guitar) (b. 31 Oct 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester, England)
Andy Rourke (bass) (b. 01 Jun 1963 in Fallowfield, Manchester, England)
Mike Joyce (drums) (b. 17 Jan 1964 in Manchester, England)
Craig Gannon (bass/rhythm guitar) (b. 30 Jul 1966 in Manchester, England)

The Spinners - 9
Billy Henderson (B. 09 Aug in Indianapolis, Indiana- D. 02 Feb 2007 in Daytona Beach, Florida at the age of 67 from complications of diabetes.)
Pervis Jackson (B. 16 May in Monroe, Louisiana-D. 18 Aug 2008 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 70.  No cause of death given, but Jackson had been diagnosed with liver and brain cancer.)
Bobby Smith (B. 10 Apr in Ferndale, Michigan-D. 16 Mar 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 76 from complications of pneumonia and influenza.)
Henry Fambrough (B. 10 May in Ferndale, Michigan)
Philippé Wynne (B. 03 Apr 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, D. 13 Jul 1984, Oakland, California at the age of 43 of a cardiac arrest; died on stage)
*George Dixon (New Orleans, Louisiana)
*Edgar "Chico" Edwards (Ferndale, Michigan) (B. - ??? - D. 03 Dec 2011)
*G.C. Cameron (Franklin Country, Mississippi)
*John Edwards (St. Louis, Missouri)
(Note: there is an argument as to whether the Spinners were really from Ferndale, or if they were actually from next door Royal Oak Township)

Sting - 1
B. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner on 02 Oct 1951 in Wallsend, England.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - 3
Stevie Ray Vaughan (B. O3 Oct 1954 in Dallas, Texas - D. 27 Aug 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin in a helicopter crash at the age of 35.)
Chris Layton (B. 16 Nov 1955 in Corpus Christi, Texas)
Tommy Shannon (B. Thomas Lafitte Smedley on 18 Apr 1946 in Tucson, Arizona)
Reese Wynans (B. ??? in Sarasota, Florida)

Note:  The press release did not include Double Trouble with Stevie Ray Vaughan, even though all releases prior to Vaughan's death were by Stevie Ray Vaugh and Double Trouble.

War - 12
Lonnie Jordan (B. 21 Nov 1948 in San Diego, California)
Howard Scott (B. 15 Mar 1946 in San Pedro, California)
Charles Miller (B. 02 Jul 1939 in Olathe, Kansas-D. 14 Jun 1980 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 40, of murder (stabbing) while being robbed)
B.B. Dickerson (B. 03 Aug 1949 in Torrance, California)
Harold Brown (B. 17 Mar 1946 in Long Beach, California)
Papa Dee Allen (B. 18 Jul 1931 in Wilmington, Delaware-D. 30 Aug 1989 in Solano, California of a brain aneurysm while onstage)
Lee Oskar (B. 24 Mar 1948 in Copenhagen, Denmark)
*Eric Burdon (Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)
*Alice Tweed Smyth aka Tweed Smith (POB unrevealed)
*Luther Rabb (Seattle, Washington)
*Pat Rizzo (POB unrevealed)
*Ronnie Hammon (POB unrevealed, probably Seattle, Washington)

Next, by
previous inductions. Clyde McPhatter was the first person to be inducted more than once into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a soloist and as a member of the first incarnation of the Drifters. So, when someone is inducted more than once, we say he has joined the Clyde McPhatter club.  This year, Sting and the late Lou Reed poised to join the Clyde McPhatter Club.  Sting was previously inducted with the Police in 2003.  Lou Reed was previously inducted in the Velvet Underground in 1996.  Eric Burdon, previously inducted with the Animals in 1994, could also join the Clyde McPhatter Club if he is inducted also with War, but I'm guessing that's not likely.

Next, by

White: 8 
Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Black: 5 
Bill Withers, Chic, The Marvelettes, N.W.A, The Spinners

Mixed: 2
Paul Butterfield Blues Band, War

Next, by

Male: 51

Women: 9

*These numbers exclude members with asterisks in front of their names.

Next, by
nationality based on place of birth*:

Unknown - 1 (probably U.S., but unless I can find something that says where Gary Ryan of the Blackhearts was born, I'm not going to assume. . .).

Denmark - 1

Germany - 1

United Kingdom – 6, all England

United States - 50
Alabama - 1, California - 14, Delaware - 1, Florida - 1, Illinois - 4, Indiana - 1, Kansas - 1, Louisiana - 1, Michigan - 8, Minnesota - 1, New York - 9, North Carolina - 1, Ohio - 1, Pennsylvania - 2, Texas - 3, West Virginia - 1

*Unlike previous years, these numbers do not include members that have an asterisk (*) by their names in the members section.

Next, by
the number of top 40 hits on the Billboard 100*, including noteworthy tracks:

Bill Withers - 6 top 40 hits.  
Noteworthy songs include but are not limited to: 
"Ain't No Sunshine" (#3 Pop, #6 R&B)
"Grandma's Hands" 
"Lean On Me" (#1 Pop, #1 R&B)
"Let Me In Your Life"
"Use Me" (#2 Pop, #2 R&B)
"Who Is He (And What Is He To You)"
"Lonely Town, Lonely Street"
"Kissing My Love" (#31 Pop)
"The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" (#10 R&B)
"Make Love To Your Mind" (#10 R&B)
"Don't You Want To Stay"
"Lovely Day" (#30 Pop, #6 R&B)
"Just The Two Of Us" (Grover Washington, Jr. w/ Bill Withers) (#3 Pop, #2 R&B)

Chic - 5 top forty hits.  
Noteworthy songs include but are not limited to: 
"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (#6 Pop, #6 R&B)
"Everybody Dance" (#38 Pop)
"Le Freak" (#1 Pop, #1 R&B) 
"Chic Cheer"
"Savoir Faire"
"I Want Your Love" (#7 Pop, #5 R&B)
"Good Times" (#1 Pop, #1 R&B)
"At Last I Am Free"
"My Forbidden Lover"
"My Feet Keep Dancing"
"What About Me"
"Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)"
"Rebels Are We" (#8 R&B)
"Real People"
"Soup For One"
"Chic Mystique" (#1 Dance)

Green Day - 12 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy songs include but are not limited to:
"Long View" (#36 Pop, #1 Mod)
"Basket Case" (#26 Pop, #1 Mod)
"Welcome To Paradise" (#7 Mod)
"When I Come Around" (#6 Pop, #1 Mod)
"She" (#5 Mod)
"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" (#22 Pop, #1 Mod)
"Geek Stink Breath"  (#27 Pop, #3 Mod)
"Brain Stew/Jaded" (#35 Pop, #3 Mod)
"Hitchin' A Ride" (#5 Mod)
"Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" (#11 Pop, #2 Mod)
"Minority" (#1 Mod)
"Warning" (#3 Mod)
"Jesus Of Suburbia"
"American Idiot" (#1 Mod)
"Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (#2 Pop, #1 Mod)
"Holiday" (#19 Pop, #1 Mod)
"Wake Me Up When September Ends (#6 Pop, #2 Mod)
"Know Your Enemy" (#28 Pop, #1 Mod)
"21 Guns" (#22 Pop, #4 Mod)
"Oh Love" (#3 Mod)

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 9 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Bad Reputation" (Joan Jett)
"Victim Of Circumstance" (Joan Jett)
"I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (#1/7 wks Pop) (originally by the Arrows)
"Crimson And Clover" (#7 Pop) (originally by Tommy James & the Shondells)
"Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (#20 pop) (originally by Gary Glitter)
"You Don't Know What You've Got"
"Fake Friends" (#35 Pop)
"Everyday People" (#37 Pop) (originally by Sly & the Family Stone)
"Cherry Bomb" (originally by the Runaways)
"Roadrunner" (originally by the Modern Lovers)
"Light Of Day" (as the Barbusters) (#33 Pop) (written by Bruce Springsteen)
"I Hate Myself For Loving You" (#8 Pop)
"Little Liar" (#19 Pop)
"Dirty Deeds" (as Joan Jett) (#36 Pop) (originally by AC/DC)
"Backlash" (#7 Mod)
Kraftwerk - 1 top 40 hit.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to: 
"Autobahn" (#25 Pop)
"Ohm Sweet Ohm"
"Hall Of Mirrors"
"Metal On Metal"
"Showroom Dummies"
"Trans-Europe Express"
"Neon Lights"
"The Model" (#1 UK)
"The Man Machine"
"The Robots"
"Computer Love"
"Home Computer"
"It's More Fun To Compute"
"Pocket Calculator"
"Boing Boom Tschak"
"Electric Café"
"Musique Non Stop"
"Sex Object"
"Techno Pop"
"Tour De France" (single version)
"Elektro Kardiogramm"
"Tour De France" (4-part album version)

Lou Reed - 1 top 40 hit.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Perfect Day"
"Satellite Of Love"
"Walk On The Wild Side" (#16 Pop)
"Caroline Says II"
"Coney Island Baby"
"The Blue Mask"
"I Love You, Suzanne"
"Dirty Blvd." (#1 Mod)
"Style It Takes" (John Cale & Lou Reed)
"What's Good" (#1 Mod)
"Magic And Loss"
"Rock & Roll Heart"

The Marvelettes - 10 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Please Mr. Postman" (#1 Pop, #1 R&B/7 wks)
"Twistin' Postman" (#34 Pop)
"Playboy" (co-written by Brian Holland) (#7 Pop, #4 R&B)
"Beechwood 4-5789" (co-written by Marvin Gaye) (#17 Pop, #7 R&B)
"Someday, Someway" (co-written by Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland) (#8 R&B)
"Strange I Know" (co-written by Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland) (R&B #10)
"Forever" (co-written by Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland) 
"As Long As You Know He's Mine" (written by Smokey Robinson) (#3 R&B)
"Too Many Fish In The Sea" (written by Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield) (#25 Pop, #5 R&B)
"You're My Remedy" 
"I'll Keep Holding On" (#34 Pop)
"Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead"
"Don't Mess With Bill" (written by Smokey Robinson) (#7 Pop, #3 R&B)
"The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" (written by Smokey Robinson) (#13 Pop, #2 R&B)
"When You're Young And In Love" (originally by Ruby & the Romantics) (written by Van McCoy) (#23 Pop/#8 R&B)
"My Baby Must Be A Magician" (opening voice by Melvin Franklin of the Temptations) (written by Smokey Robinson) (#17 Pop, #8 R&B)
"Destination: Anywhere" (written by Smokey Robinson)

Nine Inch Nails - 2 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Head Like A Hole"
"Something I Can Never Have"
"Hurt" (#8 Mod)
"Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)"
"Starf***ers, Inc."
"The Day The World Went Away" (#17 Pop)
"The Hand That Feeds" (#31 Pop, #1 Mod/5 wks, #1 Dance)
"Only" (#1 Mod/7 wks)
"Every Day Is Exactly The Same" (#1 Mod/4 wks) 
"Survivalism" (#1 Mod)
"Capital G" (#6 Mod)
"Discipline" (#6 Mod)
"Came Back Haunted" (#7 Mod)

N.W.A - No top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Boyz-n-the Hood" (Eazy-E solo, Ice Cube wrote lyrics)
"8 Ball"
"Express Yourself"
"F*** Tha Police"
"Gangsta Gangsta"
"Something 2 Dance 2"
"Straight Outta Compton"
"I Ain't Tha 1"
"Quiet On Tha Set"
"A B**** Is A B****"
"Just Don't Bite It"
"100 Miles And Runnin'"
"Findum, F***um & Flee"
"Message To B.A."
"Alwayz Into Somethin'" (#1 Rap)
"Appetite For Destruction"
"N***az 4 Life"
"Real N***az Don't Die"
"Chin Check" (N.W.A w/ Snoop Dogg) (from the movie Next Friday)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - No top 40 hits.  
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to: 
"Born In Chicago"
"I Got My Mojo Working" (originally by Ann Cole, first popularized by Muddy Waters)
"Mellow Down Easy" (originally by Little Walter)
"Shake Your Money-Maker" (originally by Elmore James)
"Thank You Mr. Poobah"
"Get Out Of My Life, Woman" (originally by Lee Dorsey)
"Mary, Mary" (written by Michael Nesmith)
"Double Trouble" (originally by Otis Rush)
"Driftin' And Driftin'"
"Drivin' Wheel"
Last Hope's Gone"
"Love March"
"Losin' Hand"
"Walking By Myself"

The Smiths - No top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Hand In Glove"
"This Charming Man"
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"
"Back To The Old House"
"Handsome Devil"
"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"
"Reel Around The Fountain"
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
"This Night Has Opened My Eyes"
"What Difference Does It Make"
"How Soon Is Now?"
"The Boy With The Thorn In His Side"
"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
"Frankly, Mr. Shankly"
"I Know It's Over"
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
"Sheila Take A Bow"
"Death Of A Disco Dancer"
"Girlfriend In A Coma"
"Half A Person"
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
"Shoplifters Of The World Unite"
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"
"Sweet And Tender Hooligan"

The Spinners - 17 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"That's What Girls Are Made For" (#27 Pop, #5 R&B)
"I'll Always Love You" (#35 Pop, #8 R&B)
"It's A Shame" (#14 Pop, #4 R&B)
"I'll Be Around" (co-written by Thom Bell) (#3 Pop, #1 R&B/5 wks)
"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" (#4 Pop, #1 R&B)
"One Of A Kind" (#11 Pop, #1 R&B/4 wks)
"Ghetto Child" (written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed) (#29 Pop, #4 R&B)
"We Belong Together"
"Mighty Love" (#20 Pop, #1 R&B/2 wks)
"I'm Coming Home" (written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed) (#18 Pop, #3 R&B)
"Then Came You" (Dionne Warwick and Spinners) (#1 Pop, #2 R&B)
"Love Don't Love Nobody" (#15 Pop, #4 R&B)
"Since I Been Gone"
"Smile, We Have Each Other"
"He'll Never Love You Like I Do"
"Living A Little, Laughing A Little" (written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed) (#37 Pop, #7 R&B)
"Sadie" (#7 R&B)
"They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)" (#5 Pop, #1 R&B)
"Love Or Leave" (#36 Pop, #7 R&B)
"I Don't Want To Lose You" (written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed)
"The Rubberband Man" (written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed) (#2 Pop/#1 R&B/#1 Disco)
"You're Throwing A Good Love Away" (#5 R&B)
"I Found Love (When I Found You)"
"Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl" ("Working" originally by the 4 Seasons) (#2 Pop, #6 R&B)
"Cupid/Loved You For A Long Time" ("Cupid" originally by Sam Cooke) (#4 Pop, #5 R&B)

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - no top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Pride And Joy"
"Love Struck Baby"
"Mary Had A Little Lamb" (originally by Buddy Guy)
"Texas Flood" (originally by Larry Davis and his band)
"Scuttle Buttin'"
"The Sky Is Crying" (originally by Elmore James)
"The Things (That) I Used To Do" (originally by Guitar Slim)
"Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" (originally by the Jimi Hendrix Experience)
"Cold Shot"
"Look At Little Sister" (originally by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters)
"Pipeline" (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale) (Originally by the Chantays)
"The House Is Rockin'"
"Little Wing" (originally by the Jimi Hendrix Experience)
"Life By The Drop"

Sting - 14 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" (#3 Pop, #1 Mod/3 wks)
"Fortress Around Your Heart" (#8 Pop, #1 Mod/2 wks)
"Love Is The Seventh Wave" (#17 Pop)
"Russians" (#17 Pop)
"We'll Be Together" (#7 Pop)
"Be Still My Beating Heart" (#15 Pop)
"Englishman In New York"
"All This Time" (#5 Pop, #1 Mod/2 wks)
"The Soul Cages" (#9 Mod)
"If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" (#17 Pop, #4 Mod)
"Fields Of Gold" (#23 Pop)
"All For Love" (Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting) (#1 Pop/3 wks)
"When We Dance" (#38 Pop)
"Desert Rose" (Sting Featuring Cheb Mami) (#17 Pop, #1 Dance)
"Whenever I Say Your Name" (Sting w/Mary J. Blige)
"Send Your Love (#1 Dance)
"Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)" (#1 Dance)

War - 11 top 40 hits.
Noteworthy tracks include but are not limited to:
"Spill The Wine" (#3 Pop)
"Magic Mountain"
"All Day Music (#35 Pop)
"Slippin' Into Darkness" (#16 Pop)
"The World Is A Ghetto" (#7 Pop/#3 R&B)
"Gypsy Man" (#8 Pop/#6 R&B)
"Me And Baby Brother" (#15 Pop)
"Deliver The Word"
"Ballero" (#33 Pop)
"Why Can't We Be Friends?" (#6 Pop/#9 R&B)
"Low Rider" (#7 Pop/#1 R&B)
"Summer" (#7 Pop/#4 R&B)
"L.A. Sunshine" (#2 R&B)
"Galaxy" (#39 Pop, #5 R&B)
"Flying Machine (The Chase)"

*Billboard chart positions come from Joel Whitburn’s books, such as Top Pop Singles, Hot R&B Songs, Hot Country Songs or Rock Tracks.

Next, by
dead members:
Currently, there are 16 possible. Note: ??? means either the date, place or cause of death remains unreported.  Unlike in previous years, members with asterisks (*) by their names in the member section will not be included in the section.

Chic -2 
Bernard Edwards (d. 18 Apr 1996, Tokyo, Japan of pneumonia)
Tony Thompson (d. 12 Nov 2003, Encino, California of kidney cancer)

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 1
Lee Crystal (d. 06 Nov 2013, Maplewood, New Jersey, at the age of 57 from complications of multiple schlerosis)

Lou Reed - 1
Lou Reed (d. 27 Oct 2013 in South Hampton, New York, of liver disease at the age of 71)

The Marvelettes - 2
Gladys Horton (d. 26 Jan 2011 in Sherman Oaks, California from complications from a series of strokes at the age of 66)
Georgeanna Tillman (d. 06 Jan 1980 in Inkster, Michigan from lupus and sickle cell anemia at the age of 36)

N.W.A – 1
Eazy-E (d. 26 Mar 1995 in Los Angeles, California of complications from A.I.D.S.)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – 3
Paul Butterfield (d. 04 May 1987 in Hollywood, California, of morphine overdose)
Mike Bloomfield (d. 15 Feb 1981 in San Francisco, California of drug overdose – details unclear)
Billy Davenport (d. 24 Dec 1999 in Chicago, Illinois)

The Spinners - 4
Billy Henderson (d. 02 Feb 2007 in Daytona Beach, Florida at the age of 67 from complications of diabetes)
Pervis Jackson (d. 18 Aug 2008 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 70.  No cause of death given, but Jackson had been diagnosed with liver and brain cancer)
Bobby Smith (d. 16 Mar 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 76 from complications of pneumonia and influenza)
Phillipé Wynne (d. 13 Jul 1984, Oakland, California at the age of 43 of a cardiac arrest; died on stage)

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - 1
Stevie Ray Vaughan (d. 27 Aug 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin in a helicopter crash at the age of 35)

War - 2
Charles Miller (d. 14 Jun 1980 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 40, of murder (stabbing) while being robbed)
Papa Dee Allen (d. 30 Aug 1989 in Solano, California of a brain aneurysm while onstage)

Next, by
number of years eligible:
An act becomes eligible 25 years after its first national release (in parentheses).  *Note: technically, no act can be eligible for more than 29 years, since the R&RHoF was not incorporated until 1985.  For this category, though, the eligibilty of all acts will be calculated the same way.

Bill Withers, 19th year of eligibility (1971 -
Just As I Am)
Chic, 13th year of eligibility (1977 - "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"/"Sao Paulo")
Green Day, 1st year of eligibility (1989 -
1000 Hours (EP))
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, 9th year of eligibility (1981 -
I Love Rock-N-Roll (1980's Joan Jett was solo only))
Kraftwerk, 20th year of eligibility (1970 -
Lou Reed, 19th year of eligibility (1971 -
Lou Reed)
The Marvelettes, 29th year of eligibility (1961 - "Please Mr. Postman"/"So Long Baby")
Nine Inch Nails, 1st year of eligibility (1989 - "Down In It")
N.W.A, 3rd year of eligibility (1987 -
Panic Zone (ep))
Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 24th year of eligibility (1965 -
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
The Smiths, 8th year of eligibility (1982 - "Hand In Glove"/"Handsome Devil")
The Spinners, 29th year of eligibility (1961 - "That's What Girls Are Made For"/"Heebie Jeebies")
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, 7th year of eligibility (1983 -
Texas Flood) (Note: the press release does not mention Double Trouble)
Sting, 8th year of eligibility (1982 - "Spread A Little Happiness" from
Brimstone & Treacle) (Note: the R&RHoF does not use soundtrack tracks)
War, 20th year of eligibility (1970 -
Eric Burdon Declares War)

number of times nominated, including years nominated:
Years reflect the year the nominee ballot came out only and not the year for which a nominee could be inducted if voted in.  For example, a nomination this year would be indicated as “2014” instead of “2015”, when the induction will occur.

Bill Withers - once, 2014
Chic – nine times, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Green Day - once, 2014
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - three times, 2011, 2012 and 2014
Lou Reed - three times, 1999, 2000 and 2014
The Marvelettes - twice 2012 and 2014
Nine Inch Nails - once, 2014
N.W.A – three times, 2012, 2013 and 2014
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – four times, 2005, 2012, 2013 and 2014
The Smiths - once, 2014
The Spinners - twice, 2011 and 2014
Sting - once, 2014
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - once, 2014
War - three times, 2008, 2011 and 2014


Next to each nominee is a list of several of the acts that either cited the nominee as an influence, has cover or sampled the nominee's tracks, or has collaborated with the nominee.

Bill Withers - Bobby "Blue" Bland, the Dells, the Staples Singers, Buddy Guy, the Shirelles, Freddie King, Aretha Franklin, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Isaac Hayes, Percy Sledge, Neil Diamond, Bob Marley, Al Green, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Leonard Cohen, Bobby Womack, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Police, Esther Phillips, Barry White, Diana Ross, Eric B. & Rakim, Luther Vandross, Junior Wells, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Joe Cocker, Tracy Chapman, the Neville Brothers, Mick Jagger, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Roy Ayers, Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Babyface, Wyclef Jean, Erykah Badu, Tower Of Power, Big Daddy Kane, Kanye West, Gil Scott-Heron, R. Kelly, Scarface, Nas, Redman, Kid Rock, Grace Jones, Freddie Jackson, Tori Amos, the Geto Boys, Biz Markie, Clarence Carter, Simply Red, UGK, Blackstreet, Betty Wright, D'Angelo, Master P, Twista, the Crusaders, Tom Jones, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, DJ Shadow, Ghostface Killah, Todd Terry, Irma Thomas, Scott Walker, Fiona Apple, Naughty By Nature, DMX, Terence Trent D'Arby, Jill Scott, Widespread Panic, Georgie Fame, Fatboy Slim, the Jungle Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Des'ree (collaboration), Keith Urban, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Masta Ace, Lyn Collins, E-40, Everlast, Barbara Mason, the Lettermen, Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Rihanna, Joan Osborne, Wynonna Judd, Ziggy Marley, Augustus Pablo, Thelma Houston & the Winans (collaboration), Primal Scream, Paul Carrack, Junior Murvin, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Cold Blood, Ben Harper, Juvenile, Bonnie Tyler, Jamiroquai, Savoy Brown, Schoolly D, Kid Frost, Cam’ron, Patti Austen, Roots, Hootie & The Blowfish, Club Nouveau, John Legend, Ja Rule, Damian Marley, Anthony Hamilton, Regina Belle, India.arie, Will Downing, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Keb' Mo', Umphrey's McGee, Gregory Abbott, Joss Stone, Akon, Warren G, Kendrick Lamar, Onyx, Yo-Yo, Dave Hollister, Van Hunt, Xzibit, Fall Out Boy, Aloe Blacc, Amos Lee, Lucero, Sneaker Pimps, Thievery Corporation, Asher Roth, Starsailor, Better Than Ezra, the Persuasions, Hanson, Mud, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Lee Ritenour, Nancy Sinatra, Richard Marx, Maynard Ferguson, Boney James, Dave Sanborn, Eva Cassidy, John Waite, the Edwin Hawkins Singers, the Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, DC Talk, Donnie McClurken, Take 6, Jars Of Clay, Adam Again, Ron Kenoly, Out Of Eden, Tenth Avenue North, Smokey Norful, Bushwick Bill of the Wu-Tang Clan, Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth, Mark Eitzel of American Music Club, Anne Murray, Aaron Neville, Michael Bolton, UB40, Seal, David Cassidy, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Englebert Humperdinck, Elliott Yamin, Paul Young, Jennifer Lopez and the Cover Girls, among many others.

Chic - Power Station, the Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Talking Heads, Prince, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, Brian Eno & David Byrne (collaboration), Afrika Bambaataa, Roxy Music, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Slick Rick, Luther Vandross, De La Soul, LL Cool J, Janet Jackson, Duran Duran, the B-52's, Robert Palmer, George Michael, the Pointer Sisters, Gang Of Four, Mick Jagger, Gladys Knight, David Lee Roth, Babyface, Carly Simon, Mary J. Blige, Daft Punk, Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions, Fugees, Art Of Noise, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Nas, Digital Underground, the Prodigy, Shalamar, Kurtis Blow, Spandau Ballet, DJ Shadow, Grace Jones, Brandy, Faith Evans, Sugarhill Gang, Sister Sledge, Orange Juice, Heavy D & the Boyz, Lisa Stansfield, Beenie Man, Deadmau5, ABC, INXS, Jody Watley, Robert Wyatt, ESG, MC Lyte, Egyptian Lover, Style Council, Shakira, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, the Whispers, the S.O.S. Band, Stacy Lattisaw, A Certain Ratio, Jamiroquai, Busy Bee, Justin Timberlake, Arthur Russell, Black Eyed Peas, Cam’ron, Basement Jaxx, Scritti Politti, Thompson Twins, Maroon 5, Rick Ross, the Stray Cats, Enigma, Zhane, Deborah Cox, Change, Lost Boyz, Luscious Jackson, Xzibit, Crystal Method, Liquid Liquid, Robin S., Pizzicato Five, Beverley Knight, Dmitri From Paris, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, Freeway, Slim Thug, Richie Rich (Gee Street), Stereo MC's, Brotherhood Of Man, the Bucketheads, Wet Wet Wet, Steps, the Vaughan Brothers, Heaven 17, Ric Ocasek, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, Gwen Stefani, N'Dea Davenport of Brand New Heavies, Kenny Loggins, Donny & Marie Osmond and 69 Boyz, among many others.

Green Day - Elvis Costello, U2, Iggy Pop, Glen Campbell, Alanis Morrisette, Weezer, Dwight Yoakam, Lil Wayne, Sublime, Blink-182, the All-American Rejects, Sum 41, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, At The Drive-In, Screeching Weasel, Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Everclear, AFI, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the Ataris, the Get Up Kids, Face To Face, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, McFly, Hot Water Music, Brand New, OK Go, Alkaline Trio, the Donnas, Smash Mouth, Good Charlotte, Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Lit, Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy, Eve 6, Bowling For Soup, Plain White T's, Yellowcard, Lostprophets, Simple Plan, New Politics, Airwaves & Angels, Saves The Day, the Sick Puppies, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Goldfinger, Truxton, Zebrahead, Busted, MxPx, Anberlin, "Weird" Al Yankovic, Hawthorne Heights and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Carl Perkins, Darlene Love, Alice Cooper, Ramones, Blondie, Melissa Etheridge, Joey Ramone solo, Marky Ramone solo, Rev Run of Run-D.M.C., Faith Hill, Desmond Child, Big Daddy Kane, 50 Cent, Hole, Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, the Breeders, Babes In Toyland, L7, Bikini Kill, P!nk, the Germs, Britney Spears, Dandy Warhols, New Found Glory, Jawbreaker, Schoolly D, Avril Lavigne, Dresden Dolls, Veruca Salt, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Donnas, Los Straitjackets, Bratmobile, Peaches, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Team Dresch, Guitar Wolf, Agnes, Pretty Reckless, Showaddywaddy, Bow Wow Wow, Nashville Pu$$y, the Gits, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Kim Deal of the Pixies and the Breeders, Paul Westerberg, Courtney Love, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt, Shonen Knife and Miley Cyrus, among many others.

Kraftwerk - Neu!, of course, as well as David Bowie, Blondie, Talking Heads, U2, Joy Division, Afrika Bambaataa, New Order, Depeche Mode, the Cars, Devo, Human League, Eurythmics, De La Soul, Ministry, Duran Duran, the Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Big Black, Meat Beat Manifesto, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, Grandmaster Flash solo, Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, KRS-One, Jay-Z, Gary Numan, Wire, Radiohead, Redman, Lil Wayne, Beck, Raekwon, Biz Markie, the Chemical Brothers, the Art Of Noise, Suicide, Pet Shop Boys, Bjork, Einsturzende Neubauten, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, the Orb, Orbital, the Prodigy, Kevin Saunderson, Roni Size, DJ Shadow, Busta Rhymes, 2 Live Crew, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Moby, Tangerine Dream, The The, Jurassic 5, Aphex Twin, the Durutti Column, Spandau Ballet, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Spiritualized, Front Line Assembly, Big Audio Dynamite, Front 242, the Cardigans, Juan Atkins, Arthur Baker, Coldcut, Ultravox, Mos Def, Erasure, Will Smith, Memphis Bleek, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Ultramagnetic MC's, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, the Legendary Pink Dots, the Young Marble Giants, a-Ha, Man Parrish, Fatboy Slim, Yaz, Klaus Nomi, Skinny Puppy, Coldplay, Stereolab, Nitzer Ebb, MC Lyte, Thompson Twins, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ciara, Severed Heads, M.I.A., Yello, LCD Soundsystem, A Flock Of Seagulls, Air, Luna, Cornelius, Basic Channel, A Certain Ratio, Nurse With Wound, Heaven 17, Spacemen 3, 808 State, Autechre, Mantronix, UNKLE, Falco, Capone-N-Noreaga, Tom Tom Club, KLF, Basement Jaxx, Lloyd Cole, Kool Keith, Ride, Rammstein, the Associates, Laibach, D.A.F., Die Krupps, the Egyptian Lover, Thomas Dolby, Soft Cell, C+C Music Factory, Snap!, Pizzicato Five, Information Society, Ladytron, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the Crystal Method, Material, Carl Craig, 'Til Tuesday, Franz Ferdinand, Renegade Soundwave, Compton's Most Wanted, Scissor Sisters, Psychic TV, Sneaker Pimps, Jeff Mills, Cybotron, Oval, Tuxedomoon, Mouse On Mars, Underworld, Alphaville, Death In Vegas, Coil, Camouflage, Tortoise, Electronic, Negativland, Daniele Baldelli, Death Comet Crew, J.J. Fad, Richie Hawtin, Drexciya, Atom Heart, Boards Of Canada, Divine Comedy, Plastikman, the Beta Band, Plaid, The Streets, Green Velvet, Carl Cox, Wamdue Project, Kissing The Pink, Fennesz, P.M. Dawn, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mannheim Steamroller, Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, David Gahan of Depeche Mode, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Ric Ocasek, Terri Nunn of Berlin, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. of Jellyfish, 69 Boyz and Girl Talk, among many others.

Lou Reed - Laurie Anderson, of course, as well as Dion, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, U2, R.E.M., Metallica, Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Television, Mott The Hoople, Jane's Addiction, Duran Duran, the Cars, Eurythmics, Pere Ubu, Matthew Sweet, Nick Cave, Warren Zevon, the Soft Boys, Echo & The Bunnymen, Booker T. Jones of Booket T. & the M.G.'s, John Cale, Mo Tucker of the Velvet Underground, the Tom Tom Club, Herbie Mann, Ruben Blades, A Tribe Called Quest, the Minutemen, the Modern Lovers, Hanoi Rocks, the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Vince Gill, Nico, Chris Whitley, Jonathan Richman, Richard Hell, Squeeze, Suede, Suicide, the Smithereens, Marianne Faithfull, the Pogues, Suzanne Vega, the Birthday Party, Jeff Buckley, Simple Minds, Howard Tate, Moby, the Silver Jews, the Dream Syndicate, Spacemen 3, Mercury Rev, Tommy Keene, Tom Robinson, Eric Andersen, the Cowboy Junkies, Jim Carroll, Soul Coughing, Lloyd Cole, Bruce Hornsby, Modern English, Dresden Dolls, Gorillaz, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, Marc Almond, the Strokes, Luna, the Feelies, the Killers, Felt, Placebo, the Bravery, Leo Sayer, Third Eye Blind, Lorde, Crime, Antony & the Johnsons, Smog, Big Country, Metric, the Screaming Tribesmen, Love And Rockets, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Manic Street Preachers, the Fiery Furnaces, Kirsty MacColl, Christian Death, the Andrea True Connection, Razorlight, Wreckless Eric, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, Susan Boyle, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ric Ocasek, Trey Anastasio of Phish, Porno For Pyros, Morissey, Lydia Lunch of Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Paul Young and Rolf Harris, among many others.

The Marvelettes - the Miracles, Dusty Springfield, Darlene Love, the Beatles, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Rascals, Martha & the Vandellas, Paul McCartney, the Jackson 5, Bonnie Raitt, Blondie, the New York Dolls, Massive Attack with Tracy Thorn of Everything But The Girl, the Carpenters, Carla Thomas, the Chi-Lites, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Labelle, the Pointer Sisters, Florence Ballard of the Supremes, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, George Clinton, Phil Collins, Ella Fitzgerald, Jay-Z, Grace Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Betty Wright, Teena Marie, Lil Wayne, the Three Degrees, Sister Sledge, Melba Moore, the Crystals, the Cowsills, Candi Staton, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jeru The Damaja, Exile, Brenda & the Tabulations, the Tremeloes, Gwen Guthrie, Jazmine Sullivan, Harpers Bizarre, Bananarama, Taylor Dayne, Juelz Santana, J Dilla, the Elgins, the Action, the Flying Pickets, the Jets and Donnie and Marie Osmond, among many others.

Nine Inch Nails - Filter, of course, as well as Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Devo, Jane's Addiction, Robbie Robertson of the Band, Tori Amos, Timbaland, Tool, the Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Aphex Twin, System Of A Down, Maxwell, AFI, Clan Of Xymox, Evanescence, Sevendust, Maroon 5, Seether, Fear Factory, Mudvayne, Rammstein, Skrillex, Die Krupps, Powerman 5000, Linkin Park, Lacuna Coil, Orgy, Lostprophets, Machines Of Loving Grace, Porcupine Tree, Queens Of The Stone Age, Coil, Stabbing Westward, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Breaking Benjamin, Mindless Self Indulgence, Bush, Limp Bizkit, 30 Seconds To Mars, Leona Lewis, "Weird" Al Yankovic, Flyleaf, Mae, Adrian Belew, Westside Connection, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Insane Clown Posse and Girl Talk, among many others.

N.W.A - Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dr. Dre and Yella, of course, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice-T, EPMD, De La Soul, Professor Griff of  Public Enemy, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Eminem, Whodini, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Redman, Common, Whodini, Scarface, Method Man, Raekwon, 50 Cent, Nas, Geto Boys, Sublime, Mobb Deep, Meat Beat Manifesto, Kid Rock, Ludacris, Rage Against The Machine, Nelly, Brand Nubian, Sir Mix-A-Lot, UGK, Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX, 8Ball & MJG, Fat Joe, Big Punisher, E-40, Above The Law, Da Brat, Tha Dogg Pound, Twista, Three 6 Mafia, Mystikal, Das EFX, Silkk The Shocker, Juvenile, Fatboy Slim, Foxy Brown, D.O.C., T.I., T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Rick Ross, Lil Jon, Daddy Yankee, Chamillionaire, Spice 1, Masta Ace, MC Breed, DJ Screw, Master P, Ja Rule, House Of Pain, Everlast, Mack 10, Basement Jaxx, Bubba Sparxxx, Tha Alkaholiks, Happy Mondays, Mike Jones, Full Force, Squarepusher, LTJ Bukem, Warren G, The Game, Brotha Lynch Hung, Yo-Yo, DJ Quik, Xzibit, Coolio, Da Lench Mob, Compton's Most Wanted, Lyfe Jennings, Domino, Onyx, C-BO, Diana King, Richie Rich, Ant Banks, Webbie, Kurupt, Kid Frost, J Dilla, Lil' Keke, Boot Camp Clik, Playa, O.G. Ron C., Rappin' 4-Tay, Boyz N Da Hood, Sean Price, Do Or Die, Nate Dogg, C-Murder, Daz Dillinger, D12, Esham, Freestyle Fellowship, Mac Dre, Mr. Mike, The Coup, D-Block, Tela, B.G., Big Tymers, Hot Boys, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Do Or Die, Guerilla Black, Doggy's Angels, Tim Dog, Yukmouth, Candyman, Dayton Family, Project Pat, Tru, Celly Cel, Twinz, Paris, Ray Cash, Bo$$, Eastsidaz, Crime Boss, the Diplomats, Dilated Peoples, Pastor Troy, P.O.D., Westside Connection, GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys, Big Mike of the Geto Boys, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Cash Money Millionaires, B Real of Cypress Hill, Kool G Rap solo, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, L-Burna of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Cold 187um of Above The Law, South Circle, Crunchy Black of Three 6 Mafia, Tear Da Club Up Thugs, Ruff Ryders, Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt, Insane Clown Posse, Ace Of Base, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch and Girl Talk, among many others.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Mark Naftalin and Electric Flag, of course, as well as John Lee H00ker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Darlene Love, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Wilson Pickett, Janis Joplin, the Allman Brothers Band, Santana, Grateful Dead, Traffic, Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Roy Brown, Free, Percy Mayfield, the Pixies, Otis Rush, Al Kooper, Clifton Chenier, Bad Company, the J. Geils Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richard Thompson, Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Bobby Charles, T.G. Sheppard, Steve Miller, the Monkees, Peter, Paul & Mary, Canned Heat, Blues Traveler, Robert Cray, Humble Pie, Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Big Brother & The Holding Company, UFO, Hoyt Axton, Karen Dalton, Jesse Winchester, Ronnie Hawkins, Foghat, Robben Ford, George Thoroughgood & the Destroyers, Jeff Healey, Johnny Lang, Jimmie Vaughan, Doug Kershaw, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Organized Konfusion, Mother Earth, Maria Muldaur, the Rubinoos, Starship and the Blues Brothersthe Holmes Brothers, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, Levon Helm of the Band, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, Cyril Neville of the Meters, Mick Mars of Motley Crue and Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth, among many others.

The Smiths - Jane's Addiction, My Chemical Romance, the Stone Roses, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Everything But The Girl, Kid Rock, 10,000 Maniacs, Barenaked Ladies, Throwing Muses, Blur, Suede, the Beautiful South, Belle & Sebastian, James, the Wedding Present, Magnetic Fields, the Decemberists, Happy Mondays, the Posies, At The Drive-In, Panic! At The Disco, Travis, Verve, Interpol, the Sundays, the Dears, Good Charlotte, the National, Brand New, the Promise Ring, Del Amitri, Low, Ride, Heavenly, the Lightning Seeds, House Of Love, Bryan Ferry, Arctic Monkeys, the La's, the Libertines, Doves, Embrace, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jesus Jones, Manic Street Preachers, Pop Will Eat Itself, the Walkmen, Airborne Toxic Event, Bow Wow Wow, Ocean Blue, Trash Can Sinatras, the Ataris, Smoking Popes, Anberlin, Bernard Butler of Suede, Mark Eitzel of American Music Club, and M. Ward of She & Him, among many others.

The Spinners - the Supremes, the Four Tops, James Taylor, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Public Enemy, Dionne Warwick, Luther Vandross, Todd Rundgren, LL Cool J, the Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, the Afghan Whigs, Charles Mingus, Earl Klugh, 2Pac, Lionel Richie, Boyz II Men, Jay-Z, Bobby Brown, John Hiatt, R. Kelly, Freddie Jackson, Rakim, Atlantic Starr, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Mobb Deep, Dru Hill, DMX, Alton Ellis, Ween, D'Angelo, Georgie Fame, Lisa Stansfield, the Moments, Youssou N'Dour, Monica, Phyllis Hyman, William Bell, Melba Moore, Ray Parker, Jr., Young-Holt Unlimited, Otis Clay, Musiq Soulchild, Jeffrey Osborne, Raphael Saadiq, Regina Belle, Debarge, El Debarge, Next, Joan Osborne, Phil Perry, Will Downing, CeCe Peniston, Rebbie Jackson, Talib Kweli, Grand Puba, Lupe Fiasco, the Family, Monie Love, Rappin' 4-Tay, Candyman, Full Force, Larry Carlton, GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan, Seal, Tony Orlando & Dawn and Donny Osmond, among many others.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Jimmie Vaughan and Vaughan Brothers, of course, as well as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck, Albert King, Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Dick Dale, Pearl Jam, Charlie Daniels, Teena Marie, Wynonna Judd, Jeff Healey, John Mayer, the Black Keys, Eric Johnson, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Copeland, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jennifer Warnes, Susan Tedeschi, the String Cheese Incident, Lou Ann Barton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall II, Eli Young Band, Los Lonely Boys, Zucchero, Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, Steve Morse of Kansas, Albert Lee of Ten Years After, Brian Setzer and Art Neville, among many others.

Sting - Miles Davis, Les Paul, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, James Taylor, Frank Zappa, Rod Stewart, Herb Alpert, Dionne Warwick, Waylon Jennings, Herbie Hancock, Tina Turner, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Christian McBride, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Aznavour, Ruben Blades, Chieftains, 2Pac, Sheryl Crow, Cliff Richard and Barry Gibb (duet), Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones, Nas, Dire Straits, Ramsey Lewis, Grace Jones, Da Brat, Natalie Cole, Monica, Toby Keith, Youssou N'Dour, Live, Trick Daddy, Joe Henry, Bruce Hornsby, Vanessa Williams, Cam'ron, Alison Krauss, Aswad, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Matchbox Twenty, John Mayer, Fourplay, Mary Black, Black Eyed Peas, t.A.T.u., Arcadia, Blaque, Gotye, Cassandra Wilson, Carl Thomas, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Rusted Root, Stephen Bishop, Pizzicato Five, Anoushka Shankar, Zucchero, Willie Colon, O.A.R., Hurricane Smith, Pato Banton, Jose Feliciano, Razorlight, Julio Iglesias, Chris Botti, Belá Fleck, Eva Cassidy, Afrojack, Shinehead, Pastor Troy, Flying Pickets, Seal, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Nicole Scherzinger, Joe Beck, Take 6, Jars Of Clay, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Alex Acuna of Weather Report, John Kirkpatrick of Steeleye Span, Les Claypool of Primus, Gregg Kofi Brown of Osibisa, Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, David Archuleta, Sugarbabes and John Tesh, among many others.

War - the Isley Brothers, Paul Simon, Donna Summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Ice-T, Barry White, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Phish, Willie Nelson, De La Soul, LL Cool J, the Doobie Brothers, Janet Jackson, Suicidal Tendencies, Little Feat, the Commodores, the Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, George Clinton, David Byrne of Talking Heads, 2Pac, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, Missy Elliott, Boogie Down Productions, TLC, Sublime, Redman, Method Man, Scarface, Ramsey Lewis, Biz Markie, Whodini, Cypress Hill, Offspring, Shaggy, Portishead, Widespread Panic, Korn, Brand Nubian, the Geto Boys, Rick Ross, Gang Starr, Black Uhuru, Sandy Nelson, Pharoah Monche, L.T.D., Twista, the Dream Syndicate, Kelly Price, Joe, Monifah, DJ Shadow, Fatboy Slim, Guru, Jamiroquai, Mantronix, Smash Mouth, Phil Perry, Will Downing, Spin Doctors, Nice & Smooth, Warren G, Ozomatli, Da Lench Mob, Thievery Corporation, George Benson, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath of Chicago, Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band, Pete Rock solo, Willy DeVille of Mink DeVille, Michael Hutchence of INXS, Poor Righteous Teachers, Dickie Goodman and Insane Clown Posse, among many others.