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You may wonder, what happened to our “friends” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

They’re meeting on September 13th to have the annual fight over who will get onto the ballot and who won’t. As usual, it will be a slugfest between Jann Wenner‘s minions and the few independent voices left on the nominating committee.

I’m told that Leon Russell‘s chances have gotten a lot better since Elton John made an album with him and went on tour together. Elton has petitioned everyone on the nominating committee for Russell. His induction is long overdue. Russell is not only a seminal influence as a rocker, but he wrote some of the best pop songs ever including “A Song for You” and “This Masquerade.”

But that leaves a lot of question marks. Sting is eligible this year as a solo artist. He’s had had too many hits and influenced so much of the music business that he’s the only cinch.

From there things look bleak. Wenner and company have made a point of skipping over some key people from the late 70s to the mid 80s. Cyndi Lauper should be in. The Cars have been overlooked. Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler, as well.

Then there’s the holdovers from the 70s. Wenner bears everyone a grudge for something, so this group is hard to navigate. Chicago, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, The Moody Blues and Todd Rundgren are on that list.

Going backwards, there are a whole roster of important musicians and stars, many of whom are now gone including Billy Preston and Mary Wells Dionne Warwick, Chuck Wills, Chubby Checker. and so on. And let’s not forget Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka.

Or, of course, the nominating committee can choose from a list of one hit wonders who first released albums in 1985. We love ’em but still: Fine Young Cannibals, til Tuesday, and Simply Red. If they’re not available, Pet Shop Boys are ready and waiting from last year.

And PS Isn’t it time for producers to be honored? Phil Ramone, Richard Perry, Richard Gottherer, Russ Titelman, Lenny Waronker, Tommy LiPuma, and posthumously Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd are just a few that come to mind.

23 replies to this post
  1. From what I have been reading, the RRHOF is just another example of corruptness, that being said, I am of the opinion that they should name a wing after Leon Russell. Whether they decide to induct him, does not change who and what he is, the most gifted songwriter and musician of this century. Elton John used to open for him, if that quantifies this for any of you who may not know who Leon Russell is.
    After reading the ‘one hit wonders’ who have been inducted, I am also inclined to believe its political and that there is money involved. If you have to ‘pay’ to be inducted, I doubt Leon Russell would be so inclined. His music is his legacy and he surely doesn’t need the RRHOF to validate his body of work.

  2. CHICAGO BAND MEMBERS WHO CAN BE INDUCTED

    01. Walter Parazaider (1967-Present: saxophone; clarinet; flute; songwriter)
    02. Lee Loughnane (1967-Present: vocals; trumpet; flugelhorn; songwriter)
    03. James Pankow (1967-Present: vocals; trombone; songwriter)
    04. Robert Lamm (1967-Present: vocals; piano; keyboards; songwriter)
    05. Terry Kath (1967-1978: vocals; guitar; songwriter)
    06. Peter Cetera (1967-1985: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)
    07. Danny Seraphine (1967-1991: drums; songwriter)
    08. Laudir De Oliveira (1973-1980: percussions)
    09. Donnie Dacus (1978-1980: vocals; guitar)
    10. Bill Champlin (1981-2009: vocals; keyboards; guitar; songwriter)
    11. Jason Scheff (1985-present: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)
    12. Tris Imboden (1990-present: drums)

    CHICAGO BAND MEMBERS WHO WILL BE INDUCTED

    01. Walter Parazaider (1967-Present: saxophone; clarinet; flute; songwriter)
    02. Lee Loughnane (1967-Present: vocals; trumpet; flugelhorn; songwriter)
    03. James Pankow (1967-Present: vocals; trombone; songwriter)
    04. Robert Lamm (1967-Present: vocals; piano; keyboards; songwriter)
    05. Terry Kath (1967-1978: vocals; guitar; songwriter)
    06. Peter Cetera (1967-1985: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)
    07. Danny Seraphine (1967-1991: drums; songwriter)
    08. Bill Champlin (1981-2009: vocals; keyboards; guitar; songwriter)
    09. Jason Scheff (1985-present: vocals; bass guitar; songwriter)

    CHICAGO BAND MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE INDUCTED

    01. Laudir De Oliveira (1973-1980: percussions)
    02. Donnie Dacus (1978-1980: vocals; guitar)
    03. Tris Imboden (1990-present: drums)

    CHICAGO BAND MEMBERS WHO CAN’T AND WON’T BE INDUCTED

    01. Chris Pinnick (1980-1984: guitar)
    02. Dawayne Bailey (1986-1994: guitar)
    03. Keith Howland (1995-present: guitar)

  3. THE TOP 5 CHARTING ROCK AND ROLL BANDS OF ALL TIME ON THE BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART

    01. The Beatles
    02. The Rolling Stones
    03. The Beach Boys
    04. Chicago
    05. The Bee Gees

    THE TOP 5 CHARTING ROCK AND ROLL BANDS OF ALL TIME ON THE BILLBOARD 100 SINGLES CHART

    01. The Beatles
    02. The Rolling Stones
    03. The Beach Boys
    04. Chicago
    05. The Bee Gees

  4. Leon Russell, Chicago, Neil Diamond, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, Rory Gallagher just to name a few. So, how about it Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s definitely time for these musicians and song writers to be honored the right way.

  5. Deep Purple!!! What’s the first guitar lick any budding guitarist learns first? “Smoke on the water”. Their classic album “Machine Head” is one of the finest rock and roll albums ever made. They were one of the biggest selling bands of the early 1970’s and five of the greatest musicians to ever play music together. Just ask Metallica, they’ll tell you.

  6. THANK YOU! Long overdue for Mr. Russell! If he isan’t in it will always be the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF SHAME! Leon is well deserving of the honor. Come on people/fans lets keep on till He’s in there! Thanks Elton for the “push!”

  7. The fact that Neil Diamond is not in the Rock Hall is a total joke, Jann doesn’t like him. Only one of the most successful rock and roll artists ever and still sells out large venues.

  8. Stevie Ray Vaughan , Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Howard Greenfield as a songwriter beside Neil Sedaka should also be mentioned, if Leon Russell does get in it will either be in the sidemen category, or songwriter category.

  9. Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Elton John and his songwriting partner, Lyricist Bernie Taupin, were both inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, but only Elton John was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. This does not make any sense whatsoever. If there had not been a Bernie Taupin, there would not have been an Elton John and vice versa. Their music was a collaborative effort. Bernie Taupin should have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame back in 1994 as a Lyricist in the Non-Performers category, the same year that Elton John was inducted in the performers category.

    Bernie Taupin didn’t just write lyrics exclusively for Elton John. Bernie Taupin also wrote the lyrics for songs recorded by Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Kiki Dee, Cher, Alice Cooper, Robert Palmer, Melissa Manchester, Rick Derringer, The Hudson Brothers, Olivia Newton John, The Motels, Starship, Heart, Animotion, Stray Cats, John Waite, Martin Page, Peter Cetera, Bryan Ferry, Tammy Wynette, Little Richard, Marianne Faithful, Courtney Love, John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Teddy Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, Brian Wilson, and Leon Russell, as well as for his own singing career, both as a solo artist and as a member of his own late-1990s Country-Western band, The Farm Dogs.

    Bernie Taupin’s biggest success outside from his work with Elton John was the 1978 album, From the Inside by Alice Cooper, which included ten songs with lyrics by Bernie Taupin and music by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Steve Lukather, Bruce Roberts and David Foster. From the Inside spawned the Top 20 hit, How You Gonna See Me Now. In 1985, Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics to two songs that would go on to hit number one on the Billboard 100 Singles Chart: We Built This City by Starship, and These Dreams by Heart, both with music written by Martin Page. Earlier on in 1974, Ringo Starr scored a Top 5 hit with Snookeroo, a song written for him by Bernie Taupin and Elton John.

    Bernie Taupin and Elton John comprise one of the longest running and most successful songwriting teams of all time. Bernie Taupin’s 40 years of collaborative work with Elton John alone should qualify him for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Please induct Lyricist Bernie Taupin into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in the Non-Performers category. His induction is long overdue.

  10. THE TOP 4 CHARTING ROCK AND ROLL BANDS OF ALL TIME ON THE BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART AND THE BILLBOARD 100 SINGLES CHART:

    01. The Beatles
    02. The Rolling Stones
    03. The Beach Boys
    04. Chicago

    Chicago is the only band on that list that has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame yet!

  11. IMMORTAL NON-PERFORMERS FOR INDUCTION

    Producers

    Tom Dowd
    John Simon
    Arif Mardin
    Phil Ramone

    Producers/Songwriters

    Quincy Jones
    Sergio Mendez
    David Foster
    Jim Steinman

    Songwriters

    Bob Crewe
    David Porter
    Richard Barrett
    Robert Blackwell
    Carole Bayer Sager
    Bernie Taupin
    Diane Warren

    Bert Berns & Jerry Ragavoy
    Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong
    Burt Bacharach and Hal David
    Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy
    Thom Bell and Linda Creed
    Boudleaux & Felice Bryant

  12. – that’s got to be one thankless job being on that Committee – trying to select who get makes it and who doesn’t – of course this thing has so much controversy – what a mess this whole thing is – hey what if Sting would give his nomination to Leon – I mean Sting can make a heck of a statement here if he claims he can’t be inducted until the likes of Leon Russell, and Neil Diamond are there first. don’t get me wrong the Sting man is awesome but the others guy have senority – they blazed the trail……… just saying

  13. If the HOF does not induct Leon, it has NO credibility as an institution. What rock ‘n roll fan could possible argue that Leon should not be there? In his day he was the top grossing act on the road, put on an incredible show, is a first class musician who has not just sat in on but arranged some seminal records, worked across ALL genres successfully, is an incredible singer, and written some of the most beautiful songs in pop history.

  14. What about Joe Cocker! My goodness, one of the alltime classic rock voices is snubbed along with Leon Russell every year! Joe and Leon should be inducted together. Jann Wenner knows how important they are and it sickens me to know glorified garage bands like the Ramones, and one hit wonder Percy Sledge, and light weight Debbie Harry are in and these two icons are left out in the cold.

  15. If Leon isn’t inducted soon, I will truly wonder what this R&R Hall of Fame board is all about. Leon Russell is one of the early people in rock and roll. He has paid his dues many times over and was instrumental in a lot of peoples careers in the music business.
    Listen to Elton. He knows of what he speaks.
    Peace

  16. It’s ABOUT TIME The Great Leon Russell is in the RRHOF! He should have been one of the very first inducted, for all he has done for Rock & Roll music over the past 50 years…. You Go Leon!!!

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