Hall of Fame Snubs

It’s Thursday and that means a trip back to the 70s but today is not going to a typical look back. Today’s medley includes six rock and roll artists or bands that continue to be snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The recent announcement of this year’s nominees did not include any of these artists (not surprising) so we’re going to honor them ourselves. Several of the names mentioned today were also prominent in the 60s and 80s but today we’re playing their legendary songs from the 1970s.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at artists from the 60s and the 80s who have also had the door slammed in their face.

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Rock and Roll Snubs, Part 1

Joe Cocker – Warren Zevon – Styx
Supertramp – Jethro Tull – Peter Frampton

Comments (12)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good Morning, Ray. I think it best that I sit this one out. This is a “Happy Place” and don’t think introducing any negativity is appropriate. I am curious to see how others feel about this topic. I enjoyed today’s selections. All good and interesting artists whose music has brought lots of joy and happiness to our hearts. Thank you Ray, you sure know how to start the day Rockin’!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Good morning, Don. This is supposed to be “a happy place” but I have no problem whatsoever if someone posts a negative comment. Musical tastes are subjective and just because you or I may like a certain artist or song, that doesn’t mean someone else will.
      Pointing out the failure of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s nominating committee to induct (or even nominate) certain artists is, granted, MY opinion. I could go further and say the committee has strayed so far from the Halls’ original premise that it has become laughable.
      “Artists – a group encompassing performers, composers and/or musicians – become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.”
      If someone can point out to me what Mahalia Jackson’s impact on the “preservation of rock and roll” was, I’ll gladly listen. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Oh, and I want someone to point out the “unquestionable musical excellence” of The Sex Pistols.
      I am not suggesting I was a huge fan of Styx (and that was before Dennis DeYoung left and took the heart of the band with him). That said, they were an influential band and the fact that they have never been nominated is amazing … and wrong. Don’t get me started on Warren Zevon’s absence. He was a hell of a lot more than Werewolves Of London.
      ROCK ON, BRO!

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      1. Don Doyle

        Ray, I share your take on the Hall of Fame. Please don’t think that I felt any pressure from you to refrain from expressing my opinion. Rather, I believe this project is a failure and borders on being a joke. I have come to the conclusion that each person has to value the artist in their heart and not be swayed by some politically correct or corporate interests. Rock is much more than money to true believers. The love of the music is what has driven engine of Rock & Roll. Freedom, Rebellion and Joy. I refuse to be instructed on its history by a corporate flunky. it is my history and I will continue to value it in my heart. Amen.

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        1. Ray (Post author)

          No argument from me, Don. The artists who are in are in, but I’m sure a lot of people have no idea some of their favorite groups or solo acts haven’t been invited inside. All I’m doing with this 2-part series is pointing out the many outrageous snubs.
          Peace

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  2. Wendyl

    It is my opinion that all of the artists heard from in today’s medley should have already been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their definition of a qualifying artist absolutely applies to all of these deeply talented performers. Before I even clicked play, I was surprised to read their names and to learn they’ve been left out…It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Thank YOU for once again giving props to those who have missed out on the proper recognition. I look forward to Part 2 tomorrow. I think I’ve said this before but YOU should be given R&R HOF recognition as the Preserver of Music History and Musical Memories. Don’t forget the Producer of Smiles! 🙂 XOXOXOXO 🙂

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl 🙂
      Tomorrow’s omission are even more egregious!
      The Rock and Roll Hame of Fame, at one time a noble thought, has deteriorated into a damn joke. While there are many deserving artists already inducted, there are many, many more who don’t register at all with me. That’s okay but it doesn’t mean I have to keep my mouth shut about it. 😉
      Stay Warm!
      ❤️XOXOXOXO❤️

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    2. Don Doyle

      OK, Wendy when does the petition for you Dad’s inclusion start? I will sign right under you name.

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      1. Ray (Post author)

        🙂

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  3. Penny

    Ray, I agree is a total disgrace these artists are not part of the hall of fame! Like Don said ………. all the political crap is bs!! Same goes for country music and becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry ………… so many aren’t that should have been years ago and so many that are ….. I scratch my head and ask why?? I am not sure what the asshats in charge use for criteria for inducting BUT it is obviously not their great music, talent or contribution to the genre …… Like Wendy said, I am looking forward to who is on the snub list tomorrow. Now back to work (sort of) and look out the window at all the idiots driving by 🙂 Have a safe and warm day my friend!!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Penny. 🙂
      It’s good to see I’m not the only one who finds the political chicanery behind induction to be offensive. Tomorrow’s list is a doozy!
      Stay Safe down there! ❤️

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  4. Freddie

    Ray we have had this conversation before!! I don’t follow the Hall Of Fame as it is a joke!! Did Cher ever make it? As I recall some who are in really don’t belong!! Who was Little Willie John? He’s in for what Fever? The list goes on!! In my opinion you should take over and set the standards where they belong!! Stay warm stay safe and keep us on the straight and narrow!! It is so rare when you choose a song or a group I don’t like.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Sir Fred 🙂
      Yes, the Hall is a joke, and yes, we have had this conversation before … we’ll probably have it next year when the same bunch, including tomorrow’s names (which will blow you away), get snubbed again.
      Cher is, inexplicably, not in. She has never been nominated! The criteria includes influence on others, and I believe Cher has influenced a lot (I mean a lot) of younger female singers but she’s still waiting for someone inside the Hall to open the door. She can, meanwhile, take comfort in knowing that even if she never gets in, she can go back to polishing her Oscar, her Grammy, her Emmy, her Golden Globes awards and her Kennedy Center Honor.
      And for what it’s worth, Connie Francis, the top female artist on the Billboard singles chart from 1955 to 1959, has also never been nominated. Now I know there are some who think the Hall of Fame should not be based on how many records are sold, but having a lot of hit records is not a bad thing. It means people enjoy the work of the artist and, quite often, enjoy it enough to buy it. If enough buy it, the artist becomes famous – as in Hall of Famous.
      And for those who rely on the “influence” argument (favorite crutches for the Hall of Fame committee), how could anyone deny the influence or importance of Rock & Roll’s first female superstar? She was FIRST. How could she not be important or influential?
      Sigh, you shouldn’t have got me started 😉
      ROCK ON, MY FRIEND!

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