1990 Rock Hall Inductees

January 17, 1990 marked the fifth induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The artists selected were certainly worthy of the honor.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established in 1983 by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. Things went smoothly until individuals such as Jann Wenner, Suzan Evans, and writer Dave Marsh started to monopolize nominations with their own personal favorites. Today, the selection process has become a joke.

There, now that I have that out of my system, I’ll get back to 1990. During that event, Hank Ballard was inducted as a solo artist although he clearly was not. His band, The Midnighters, had to wait until 2012 for induction when they, along with The Miracles (Smokey Robinson), The Famous Flames (James Brown), The Comets (Bill Haley), The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), and The Crickets (Buddy Holly), were inducted as performers by a special committee due to the controversial exclusions when their lead singer was inducted.

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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1990 Rock Hall of Fame

The Four Tops – The Four Seasons
Simon & Garfunkel – The Platters
Bobby Darin – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
The Kinks – The Who

Comments (8)

  1. Rosa-Lee Gould

    “you can’t go wrong” when you hear “I love you just the way you are.” “Only you can make this world seem right” & “I want to be by your side” so “put on your pretty red dress.” “Every night I hope & pray” that “the vision planted in my brain still remains” “just like yesterday.” Great medley, music & memories. We were lucky to grow up in the era we did. Borrowed a line from each song (not & order) & wrote up a message for the day. Thanks for the music. Ted & I both enjoyed it as always.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Lee. Your message for the day is wonderful! ❤️
      We were very, very lucky to grow in that era!

  2. Wendyl

    I completely agree the selection process has become a joke! We are also on the same page about Lee’s creative response! Love it! Speaking of love…this medley is filled with songs I love. Every single song holds a strong memory or complete familiarity. Each incredibly worthy of being in the RRHF! You know, as you always do, which is my absolute favorite of the selections thought I truly do love them all! Can you imagine David Caruso taking off his shades to any other tune? Nope! Much thanks to the one and Only You for this great medley! Like I’ve said before, you should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for all you contribute to music in so many ways! #numberonefanforever #XOXOXOXO

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl ❤️
      I knew you would enjoy THAT song but I wasn’t sure you would enjoy them all! That makes it all the more gratifying to me.
      There was always music playing in the house when you were very young and I guess so much of that rubbed off on you (I’m grateful for that, too). I’m pretty sure there weren’t many days when there were sounds of silence. 😉

  3. Penny

    great set of songs that will be enjoyed long after we are gone! I am not sure what the selection process is for getting inducted but I agree it is a joke. There are so many who are more than deserving to be there and ones who are, I ask myself “why”?? Kind of the same thing with who gets to join the Grand Ole Opry ..
    I hope you are staying safe and warm (I heard your area might be slammed with snow)

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Penny ❤️
      I can think of at least two dozen acts who don’t belong in the Rock and Roll Hall oF Fame … and two dozen more who should be in but aren’t.
      It’s a lot warmer tonight than it has been for days but we received about 10 inches of snow I could have done without!
      I hope YOU are warm and safe!

  4. Sandy Gaither

    Better late than never, I always say! This was so incredibly moving for me. All songs that I love and know the words to and work that is to be admired forever. The Four Seasons oh my God —-Rag Doll, On all-time favorite. Every single song a masterpiece so deserving of RRHF. I will get to all the rest this week I’m going to make a music day again, and hope I can keep caught up from here on. Thank you Ray for this! You’re the best.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Sandy, for a very, very beautiful commentary. ❤️


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