Following my post on Canadian rockers Rush finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (RRHOF or The Hall) next month, an Eclectic Ear reader, Micheal Anthony (no, not the Michael Anthony of Van Halen fame) pointed out the continued absence of one of my all-time favorites Deep Purple.
His comment made me think about all the classic bands (especially the ones that received a portion of my after-school job money) that have yet to be recognized by the Hall. The list is astounding.
I mean… Stevie Ray Vaughan? Kiss? Jethro Tull? T.Rex? The Moody Blues? The Carpenters? None of these are inductees. I could go on for a while.
Some performers have multiple inductions. Eric Clapton leads the list with being inducted three times (for Cream, The Yardbirds, and his solo work). I love Slowhand but you think one of those times he could have said “Cmon, mate, give this one to Peter Gabriel.” Maybe he’ll say that if they induct him for his work with Derek & The Dominos!
Now I don’t profess to remotely understand the workings of the body of people who run the RRHOF but, since I’m a jaded Noo Yawker living in a post-materialistic society, I’d put my betting dollars on it having something to do with money. I’m not even sure whose money. The Hall? The Artists? Your guess is as good as mine.
If you’re a die-hard fan of any of these groups and you’re in a missive-generating (i.e. – ranting) mood, write to the Hall and point out the injustice of it all.
Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here: http://www.rockhall.com/
Some Award Deserving Samples for Your Enjoyment:
- Highway Star – Deep Purple
- Pride & Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Rock n’ Roll All Night – Kiss (Live from Under the Brooklyn Bridge)
- Bang A Gong – T. Rex
- Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
- Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
- China Grove – The Doobie Brothers