Thursday, May 30, 2024

Johnny Rivers is Still Not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Will Notorious BIG and Judas Priest Beat Him To It?


This is just a Sunday rant. Johnny Rivers, I was going to post some of his videos anyway. I just love him, and always have. He had so many hits, was so important to Louisiana music, rockabilly, rock and roll. And if you catch him now, he’s better than ever. Plus, he’s very much alive! He’s 77. But he’s not going to live forever. Meanwhile, look at these sad choices for induction into the RRHOF: Notorious BIG? Judas Priest? Before Johnny Rivers? Please. And Johnny was sort of the American brother from a different mother to my other favorite person, Dave Edmunds (also ignored with Nick Lowe by the RRHOF). Listen to Johnny’s guitar. Oh my god, it’s beautiful. Yes, it’s Sunday and there’s no baseball. Viva Johnny Rivers!


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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