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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: America

For whatever reason, bands with geographic names have had a hard time with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:  Chicago [1] was slow to be inducted, and noted bands like Kansas [2], Boston, and America have yet to be … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Jan & Dean

One of the disadvantages of examining the case of acts from the earlier days of rock & roll is that there is an assumption that all of the worthwhile acts from the beginning of the rock era have been inducted.  … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Foo Fighters

It is hard to find too many contemporary rock groups whose position as rock acts as well as culturally significant figures is as solid as the Foo Fighters.  It seems perfectly appropriate that Dave Grohl, once the drummer for Nirvana, … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Rick Astley

It is not very uncommon in the annals of music history to think of artists who had tragic relationships with their music labels that drastically harmed their career–names like Badfinger [1] and Michelle Branch and Mr. Mister come readily to … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Commodores/Lionel Richie

It is remarkable to me that Lionel Richie is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  To be sure, Lionel Richie is not a rock act, but as far as R&B acts go, he has well-loved songs and … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Tommy Roe

Admittedly, Tommy Roe is not the best known rock & roller of the 1960’s, but he has a claim to fame that is immensely important and also highly unique in that the Beatles once opened for him.  It is hard … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Vanessa Williams

If one is looking for a varied and successful career in a great many different fields, Vanessa Williams has known some profound ups and downs.  First coming to prominence as a Miss America winner–and the first black one ever–who was … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The B-52s

How one feels about the B-52s depends in large part on how large of a context you know them from.  I tend to be what the cognoscenti of the music world call a “pop stan” and thus I tend to … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Bruce Hornsby

At first glance, Bruce Hornsby would not appear to have been an obvious candidate for one of the most versatile and creative artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  If you look at only his hit singles, he … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Robert Palmer

One of the unfortunate casualties of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s decision to skip and disregard much of the music of the 1980’s is the candidacy of Robert Palmer.  Whether one is looking at his career as a … Continue reading

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