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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Snubs Righted, And Snubs Remaining

 


Several years back, I compiled a list of acts I thought had been overlooked by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Many of these acts have since been inducted into the Hall, and a few of them have been nominated this year, while others remain in the perpetually-snubbed category. Here's that original list, with artists that were subsequently inducted listed in bold and artists nominated this year listed in italics:

THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS
ABBA [inducted 2010]
ARTHUR ALEXANDER
BADFINGER
THE BEAU BRUMMELS
BIG STAR
BLACK SABBATH [inducted 2006]
BLONDIE [inducted 2006]
JOHNNY BURNETTE'S ROCK 'N' ROLL TRIO
CHEAP TRICK [inducted 2016]
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE [inducted 2008]
ALICE COOPER [inducted 2011]
DICK DALE
DEEP PURPLE [inducted 2016]
NEIL DIAMOND [inducted 2011]
THE DICTATORS
THE EASYBEATS
DAVE EDMUNDS
BRIAN EPSTEIN [inducted 2014]THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR
GAMBLE & HUFF [inducted 2008]
JOHN  HIATT
THE HOLLIES [inducted 2010]
WANDA JACKSON [inducted 2009]
CAROL KAYE 
THE KINGSMEN
KISS [inducted 2014]
THE LEFT BANKE
DARLENE LOVE [inducted 2011]
NICK LOWE
MANN & WEILL [inducted 2010]
THE MC5 [nominated 2017]
JOE MEEK
THE MONKEES
SHADOW MORTON
MOTT THE HOOPLE
THE NEW YORK DOLLS
PHIL OCHS
THE O'JAYS [inducted 2005]
ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM [inducted 2014]
IGGY POP
SUZI QUATRO
THE RASPBERRIES
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS
THE RONETTES  
ROXY MUSIC
TODD RUNDGREN
THE SEX PISTOLS [inducted 2006]
THE SEARCHERS
THE SHADOWS
THE SHANGRI-LAS
P. F. SLOAN 
THE SMALL FACES [inducted (with The Faces) 2012]
PATTI SMITH [inducted 2007]
THE SPINNERS
THE STOOGES [inducted 2010]
THE SWEET
T. REX
TELEVISION 
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
THE VENTURES [inducted 2008]
BARRY WHITE
LINK WRAY

THE ZOMBIES [nominated 2017]

This is certainly not a comprehensive list; even just looking at it now, I see I omitted The Crystals, Lesley GoreThe JamCarole King, Harry Nilsson, SladeJoe Tex, and Warren Zevon, and I surely missed many more worthy would-be inductees. My notes on this don't indicate a date, but it would seem to be from around 2004, I'd guess. Artists (like The Go-Go's) who didn't become eligible until after that year are not listed.

As I said yesterday, I'm a big tent kinda guy when it comes to honoring the performers we love, the performers who've had impact on the music we love. Tomorrow, we'll go through this year's nominees.