Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rock Hall Finally Puts Up Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, But No Chicago for Possible Induction


Faced with ever dwindling prospects, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has finally been forced to acknowledge the 1970s. Their list of possible inductees includes Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates, each if not for the first time, for the first time in a long time.

As I wrote several weeks ago, the group immediately put Nirvana up for induction. We knew that would happen. They will get in on the first ballot, case closed. But they also put up NWA, a rap group that has no business being in this Hall of Fame certainly. That’s some kind of joke.

Other nominees include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Yes, Link Wray, The Zombies, The Replacements, Cat Stevens, KISS, LL Cool J, The Meters, Chic, Deep Purple, and Peter Gabriel.

Snubbed again: Sting, Bon Jovi, Chicago, The Moody Blues, Carly Simon, the late Billy Preston, Chubby Checker, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Sonny & Cher, and so on. The J Geils Band and Peter Wolf have also finally vanished, sadly, after many years of hoping they’d get in.

They’ve waited so long now to induct Ronstadt, by the way, that she can’t sing because of her Parkinson’s Disease. Just FYI.

This year the public can vote along with the 600 members of the Rock Hall. I’m not sure it would count, but you’ll feel like you said your piece.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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