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Somewhere pigs are flying and hell has frozen over. Jann Wenner has let legendary producer Quincy Jones be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non performer. It’s hard to imagine what went on behind closed doors to allow this momentous occasion to come to pass. Q, as he is known, should have been in the Rock Hall at least 20 years ago. It always seemed like it would never happen.

But now, as Quincy turns 80 in March, his vast accomplishments will at last be celebrated. The other non performer who will be inducted at the same time is producer/impresario Lou Adler, who gave the world Dunhill Records (Mamas and the Papas, Grass Roots, etc) and Carole King’s Tapestry, as well as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the Monterey Pop Festival. Each of them is long overdue.

And the artists who got in: Randy Newman, also long in the coming; Heart, Rush, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Albert King. I’m not going to debate the various merits of who got in, but basically, the whole thing is over with a capital O. I know the Rush fans are very excited. Donna Summer, if she were going to be inducted, should have been while she was alive. The voters are too young now to care that the Marvelettes, the first Motown group, are not in. And so on. Public Enemy is rap. Rush is bombastic rock. Heart had two or three hits, even though we love ‘em. Only Randy Newman has had a profound effect on popular music.

This edition of the installation dinner will take place in Los Angeles, where the whole thing should end with a whimper.

7 replies to this post
  1. Rush is hardly “bombastic rock.” That the power trio has been left out for so long is truly a travesty for a “Rock and Roll” hall of fame. Roger, I suggest you watch the 2010 documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage” so you can learn a little more about a group of which you seemingly have limited knowledge. They are true pioneers and, contrary to the picture of a bombastic rock group, they are excellent musicians, each in their own right.

  2. I said this before, Roger, the hall doesn’t deserve Rush. This band should have gone in 15 yrs ago for more reasons then I can list.
    The fact that Donna Summer is being inducted at the same ceremony as Rush tells you all you need to know about the RRHOF. Donna Summer and Rock n Roll should never be mentioned in the same sentence let alone married to each other for all of eternity. It’s pathetic and disgraceful. The same can be said for Public Enemy. While they certainly deserve recognition for all they have done, it shouldn’t be in any institution that says Rock n Roll.
    What an embarrassment!

  3. Roger-

    Heart has had more than two or three hits. Sometimes you can be a bit cold for no apparent reason. Barracuda, Magic Man, Crazy on You, What About Love, Never, Alone, These Dreams, Nothin’ At All. This is more than two or three hits. Give Ann & Nancy Wilson their rightful due, Roger. They’ve done a lot for women in rock!

    Donna Summer should have been inducted in 2000 when she was first eligible and Q definitely should have been in YEARS ago.

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