Dolly Parton knows what she’s doing.
The country superstar asked yesterday to be removed from consideration for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The result is that Dolly’s jumped from 5th to 4th place on the Rock Hall’s public fan vote. She’s now ahead of the Eurythmics and behind Duran Duran, Eminem, and Pat Benatar.
Dolly says she’s not rock and roll. But to me she’s more appropriate to the Hall than Eminem, who doesn’t play instruments or compose music can’t actually sing. Dolly can do all those things brilliantly.
The fan vote doesn’t really matter. In the end, the Rock Hall voters will cast their ballots and whoever gets in, gets in. I’m voting for Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Benatar, Dionne Warwick, and the Eurythmics. If you could vote for two more, I’d add Dolly, and Eminem just for fun.
Marshall Mathers will get in no matter what I do because he’s current and the voters are getting younger. There’s an HBO TV show to think of, so the Rock Hall wants those people now. But still so many real heroes of pop and rock are still not in, including Neil Sedaka, Chubby Checker, the late Mary Wells, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and so on.
As for Dolly, so far the Rock Hall has not responded to taking her name off the ballot. So she may have to turn up in Cleveland and accept her award anyway.