Top 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

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Top 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

Every year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation chooses 5-7  inductees from performers, non-performers, early influencers and side men who made an impact on Rock and Roll to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Every year the committee seems to miss some of the greatest talent. (More on the Induction Process) These are the top 10 who aren’t voted into the Hall of Fame.

Recently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced 2011 class of inductees.  I find it interesting that the Hall of Fame seems to skips some of the best.  Here are a few who despite being hugely successful have been snubbed by the RRHF.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

How can we not induct one of the greatest guitar players ever?  Stevie Ray Vaughan was nominated for 13 Grammys and won 4 before his untimely death in a helicopter crash.  Vaughan was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. Vaughan once played the National Anthem for Houston Astros’ season opener in 1983. He didn’t know the song so his girlfriend hummed it for him on the way to the show and he went out and played it live.  (View It)  Source: Guitar Center

If there is any doubt this guy could play, check this video out.

Or if you thought playing was too easy check out him ripping it up on an acoustic 12 string guitar on MTV’s Unplugged.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is one of America’s most prolific song writers, and has recorded and or performed with everyone from Patsy Cline to Bob Dylan to Kid Rock. Nelson is a member of the American Music Associations Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting. If you get a chance to see Willie I strongly recommend it especially before he gets too old. I was lucky enough to be his roadie for a day (Read my embarrassing story). Do you think his love of Pot or his IRS problems is keeping him back?

Rush

Rush is a dynamic rock group who are childhood friends and have been rocking it since 1968 and who still tour non-stop. Rush has released 18 studio albums, 8 live albums, 8 compilation albums and 78 singles.  The Canadian trio possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records, placing them fourth behind the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Kiss for the most gold and platinum albums by a band in music history. Neil Peart is probably the greatest rock drummer of all time. Their movie *Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is one of the best rock documentaries ever.  I don’t get why Rush hasn’t received the blessing of the Hall.  Maybe it’s because they are Canadian, eh?

Kiss

Can 100 million records sold world wide be wrong?  They are the only band known to have an army, The Kiss Army.  This 1970’s New York glam-band has made eccentric face make up and costumes vogue during their 37 year career encouraging people to Rock and Roll All Nite and Party every day. Maybe they have been neglected because Kiss is the monsters of marketing selling everything from Kiss toilet paper to Kiss coffins.  Kiss is often considered a sell out because of this.  I personally have no problem with them making money off their art.  I do secretly watch Gene Simmons Family Jewels.  I find the show ironically funny, a wild rock and roll guy with a normal family.

Jimmy Buffett

No matter what the critics say, Jimmy Buffett’s creative output over his 40 year career dwarfs many current Rock Hall inductees. Buffett is the real deal and shows he can play with anyone. I suspect the Rock Hall induction panel just can’t get past the Parrothead thing. Its a shame that they can’t do it. Buffet tours endlessly and his shows are 25 to 30 songs with usually several encoures, has written 3 New York Best sellers and is estimated to earn $100 million a year in music, books, restaurants and brewing. He’s probably Eating a cheeseburger in Paradise.  Source: Jimmy Buffett

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt was a 1970’s pop queen who has 27 Grammy nominations and won 10  Grammys and sold millions of records.  Glenn Fry and Don Henley were hired for her as studio musicians before forming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, The Eagles. The Eagles even opened for her.  Linda Ronstadt has earned three #1 Pop albums, ten Top 10 Pop albums and 36 charting Pop albums on the Billboard Pop Album Charts. On Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, she has charted 15 albums including four that hit #1. Source: Wikipedia

The Cars

In my mind, The Cars wrote some of the best music of the 1980’s and were the darlings of MTV in the early days, creating some of the most creative videos of the time.  Its a shame they haven’t been recognized for their input.  The Cars wrote the soundtrack to my high school days. Maybe its because they only last 12 years together and not the usual 20 thats required.  Rumors have had them back together in the studio in 2010 with a reunion tour as well.

The Cure

I am not sure how this group has been forgotten.  The Cure has written some of the catchiest love tunes of the past 30 years.  Led by the whiny and infinitely sad,  Robert Smith and company has produced a huge treasure of deep teen aged lost lorn.  Maybe its the make up but 30 years later Boys Don’t Cry still resonates.

Cheap Trick

The band was  ranked #25 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Cheap Trick’s mix of energetic Beatlesque hard driven American Rock and Roll has allowed them to enjoy a four decades career full of almost continuous touring and a wide range of hits.  Maybe the Trick isn’t in the Hall of Fame because of the cheesy 80’s power ballad, The Flame?  We all know you have a copy of the super sugar sweet ballad stuffed in your collection and if not here it is… The Flame.

Warren Zevon

One of rock’s great musical storytellers who is often described as Dark, Demented and extremely Entertaining. I must admit that I am a fan. Warren earned it with his countless appearances on David Letterman’s show especially during the 80’s and 90’s when I watched religiously. Anyone that can write a great story and share it through music is a genius in my book and Warren was one of the best.  Sadly I never got to see him live as he passed away of cancer in 2003.   His best album was his last, The Wind, written and recorded by a venerable who’s who of rock and roll, as he was dying.  My personal favorite is Werewolf of London.

Hopefully someday those in charge will honor these great performers.

Others who should be considered but due to variety of reasons (rock critics love to hate them) aren’t.

Styx
Journey
Foreigner
Iron Maiden
Dire Straits
Judas Priest
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Joan Baez
Pat Benatar
Joe Cocker
Deep Purple
Devo
Peter Gabriel
The Guess Who
T. Rex
The Smiths
B-52’s
Dick Dale
Chic
Motorhead
Grand Funk Railroad
Chicago
Mott The Hoople
New York Dolls
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Joan Baez
Pat Benatar
Joe Cocker
Deep Purple
Devo
Peter Gabriel
The Guess Who
T. Rex
The Smiths
B-52’s
Dick Dale
Chic
Dire Straits
Judas Priest
Motorhead
Grand Funk Railroad
Chicago
Mott The Hoople
New York Dolls
THE MIRACLES — Added at Topkat’s Suggestion
Public Enemy — Eligible in 2 Years.

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  1. JD Stutts December 23, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Public Enemy (whom critics hardly “love to hate”, Flava Flav’s reality antics aside) won’t be eligible for another two years (Class of 2013)…

  2. Eran B December 23, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I guess I am rooting for them early : )

  3. Seeno99 December 23, 2010 at 2:29 am

    You spelled Ronstadt wrong.

  4. Topkat December 23, 2010 at 2:58 am

    What about THE MIRACLES ? The group that INTRODUCED the world to MOTOWN ? Over 50 CHART HITS. 4 songs in the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME (the most of ANY Motown group) . Over 50 of their songs covered by artists in EVERY MAJOR MUSIC GENRE: Pop, Rock, Country, Reggae,Folk, Acapella R&B, Hip Hop,…you name it. .3 songs in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. One album in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time . On all 3 lists of the Top 100 Artists of All Time , Billboard’s, Rolling Stone’s, and VH1’s (1998 list). The Beatles, Stones, Zombies ,Hollies, and The Who have ALL covered Miracles tunes. One of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Immortals.The ONLY Motown group during the Sixties that wrote and produced their OWN material..(ALL of them….NOT JUST SMOKEY,although he tends to get all of the credit).One Song (The Tracks Of My Tears) actually entered into The UNITED STATES LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, and chosen as one of the Top 10 Best songs of All Time …by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers including Hal David, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Jerry Leiber, and others as reported to Britain’s Mojo music magazine, and was also winner of “The Award Of Merit” from The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for the song’s writers, Miracles members Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin and Smokey Robinson. Just got a star on THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME last March 20th 2009….YET STILL NOT INDUCTED AFTER OVER 25 YEARS, just because some bozos on the Induction Committee decided to induct only Smokey, and discard Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Claudette Robinson, and Marv Tarplin. Motown’s FIRST GROUP, and FIRST MILLION-SELLING ACT not inducted, while many of the Motown artists that followed them,ARTISTS THAT THEY WROTE SONGS FOR, HAVE BEEN INDUCTED into The Hall INTACT. …..WHY ?? nn

  5. Topkat December 23, 2010 at 2:58 am

    What about THE MIRACLES ? The group that INTRODUCED the world to MOTOWN ? Over 50 CHART HITS. 4 songs in the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME (the most of ANY Motown group) . Over 50 of their songs covered by artists in EVERY MAJOR MUSIC GENRE: Pop, Rock, Country, Reggae,Folk, Acapella R&B, Hip Hop,…you name it. .3 songs in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. One album in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time . On all 3 lists of the Top 100 Artists of All Time , Billboard’s, Rolling Stone’s, and VH1’s (1998 list). The Beatles, Stones, Zombies ,Hollies, and The Who have ALL covered Miracles tunes. One of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Immortals.The ONLY Motown group during the Sixties that wrote and produced their OWN material..(ALL of them….NOT JUST SMOKEY,although he tends to get all of the credit).One Song (The Tracks Of My Tears) actually entered into The UNITED STATES LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, and chosen as one of the Top 10 Best songs of All Time …by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers including Hal David, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Jerry Leiber, and others as reported to Britain’s Mojo music magazine, and was also winner of “The Award Of Merit” from The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for the song’s writers, Miracles members Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin and Smokey Robinson. Just got a star on THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME last March 20th 2009….YET STILL NOT INDUCTED AFTER OVER 25 YEARS, just because some bozos on the Induction Committee decided to induct only Smokey, and discard Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Claudette Robinson, and Marv Tarplin. Motown’s FIRST GROUP, and FIRST MILLION-SELLING ACT not inducted, while many of the Motown artists that followed them,ARTISTS THAT THEY WROTE SONGS FOR, HAVE BEEN INDUCTED into The Hall INTACT. …..WHY ?? nn

  6. Eran B December 23, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Crap… And I looked it up too. nnThanks for the catch.

  7. Eran B December 23, 2010 at 3:37 am

    I am not really familiar with a lot of MOTOWN but you are spot on… They escaped notice.

  8. Dsfsf December 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Warren Zevon died in 2003 not 2007.

  9. JT December 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Public Enemy actually is pretty acclaimed, so I won’t be surprised if the Rock Hall considers em.nnMost of Smokey Robinson’s bio on the HOF site discusses his work with The Miracles, so it could be one of those Smokey-represents-The-Miracles thing. because surely his solo work alone would not warrant induction.nnYou really should not take commercial success into account, as the Rock Hall has stated that it’s not a determining factor in consideration/induction. Sure, many inductees were very successful, but that isn’t why they’re regarded as they are.nnI can see why Neil Diamond waited as long as he did (22 years since first eligible). But, I like some of his songs, and he did write ‘I’m a Believer,” one of the ultimate classic tracks.

  10. Topkat December 24, 2010 at 2:32 am

    SMOKEY ROBINSON shouldn’t have been allowed to “represent” THE MIRACLES…especially since all of THE OTHER MOTOWN groups were all inducted INTACT. Did DIANA ROSS, DAVID RUFFIN, LEVI STUBBS, GLADYS KNIGHT, AND MARTHA REEVES get SOLO inductions to ” represent ” THE SUPREMES,TEMPTATIONS, FOUR TOPS, PIPS, and VANDELLAS respectively ?? NO. in the case of ALL of these other MOTOWN GROUPS, THE ENTIRE GROUPS WERE INDUCTED. That is the SAME WAY it should have gone down with THE MIRACLES. Their historical importance as MOTOWN’S FIRST GROUP ALONE should have ensured their induction, not to mention their many other industry milestones. If the RRHOF wanted to honor SMOKEY SEPARATELY, it should have been in the NON-PERFORMER category as a writer/producer/record executive…and then THE MIRACLES should have gone in as a GROUP….because, as you said, his solo work alone does not warrant or merit induction.

  11. Topkat December 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Eran, read this article , printed just days ago, by GOLDMINE, the famous oldies music magazine, that protests the RRHOF omissions of 3 of Motown’s greatest acts, THE MIRACLES, MARVELETTES, and MARY WELLS from Rock Hall induction :

    http://www.goldminemag.com/tag/the-miracles

  12. Jay32183 December 25, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Metallica was inducted, voted in 2008 for 2009 ceremony.

  13. Eran B December 25, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I missed them when I was looking at the Hall of Fame list.

  14. Kmmancini January 17, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Aren’t You people forgetting Def Leppard and Boston? Both of them were great bands too. I have to say that I am a Kiss fan first, and am happy they are on your list. A lot of ppl forget I think that Kiss had one of the best live shows ever and still are rocking a great show. I saw them twice, 2004 rock the nation world tour and the latest 2010 the hottest show on earth tour and both shows were incredible. Plus, Kiss may be one of the few bands that could play a 3 hour show by themselves with all the songs they have and there fans would love every minute. I’ll have to say I’ve seen Def Leppard Live too and they were a great show. They played all there best songs, Photograph, Pour Some Sugar on me, Hysteria, Foolin, Rocket, Two Steps behind, too late for love, love bites, lets get rocked, bringin on the heartbreak, and rock of ages. they even played Rock On which was great. point is there are a lot of bands that should be in by now not just because of music, but by how much old fans and people who’d never heard of them, have been entertained by them. and that’s part of what music is all about right?

  15. Eran B January 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Good Catch Kmmancini,nnI thought Def Leppard was already inducted but I was wrong. The RRHF hasn’t inducted them. I am a huge fan of Def Leppard and they are the band I have seen the most in concert. Why aren’t they in?nnBoston is another good question. I am not a very big fan but its a good question to ask.

  16. get real August 25, 2011 at 1:13 am

    First, just to address Linda Ronstadt’s critics who complain that she didn’t write her own music or covered music of newsflash – the singer-songwriter era ended in 1979.  
    Great artists who did not write all of their own music and remade older hits from other artists into new ones for themselves include Robert Plant, Elvis Presley, The Pretenders, Elton John, Donna Summer, James Taylor, The Eagles, Aretha Franklin, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Heart, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Blondie, The Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers, etc…Other greats and supposed pop greats including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand, Cher, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Madonna, and current superstars like Beyonce have not written all their own music either.Linda Ronstadt IS Rock ‘n Roll:“Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me”
    “Can’t Let Go”
    “Hurts So Bad”
    “That’ll Be the Day”
    “You’re No Good”
    “Tumbling Dice”
    “Livin’ In the USA”
    “Just One Look”
    “It’s So Easy”
    “Heatwave”
    “How Do I Make You?”
    “Get Closer”
    “All That You Dream”
    “Mad Love”…
    …the list goes on.One more thing, as of 2011, despite Linda Ronstadt’s hitting the music charts beginning in the late 1960s, Linda Ronstadt is still not in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Nor is Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, or Heart.

  17. Trent Rock September 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Flava Flav!!!!! 2 more years!!!! 🙂

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  19. Labs4u April 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Eran, I agree with Stevie Ray Vaughn.  However, many of the groups you proposed are good groups, but IMO not worthy of the Hall of Fame.  

    If it’s similar to  baseball you have criteria to get in.  Being a very good ball player doesn’t get you in the Hall.  You have to be a Great Player that stands out from the other very good ball players over time.  That’s what makes it the Hall of Fame.

    I love Warren Zevon, I also love Curtis Mayfield.  Look at all of the people who have done incredible covers of his tunes.  
    Some of his tunes: People Get Ready; Gypsy Woman; Allright;
    He has everyone from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Elton John, Steve Winwood; Bruce 
    Springsteen, Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck, David Sanborn doing covers of his tunes.  That’s just one of the criteria to get into the HOF.  If you look at something like Groove Shark and pull up Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, it will list an incredible list of songs of his covered by an incredible list of artist.  

    Rush, Boston, and some other great bands in their day don’t make it to the HOF.

    THX

  20. 70sDweller June 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

    The Doobie Brothers 

  21. KEL June 23, 2012 at 12:35 am

    a hall of Fame without Curtis Mayfield is missing.   Curtis Mayfield is an original HOF writer/ performer.  I was lucky enough to see Curtis Mayfield jam with Jesse Ed Davis and Freddie King in a club in Tulsa.  A night to remember. 

  22. It's about time November 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    It’s 2013 and “pop” star Linda Ronstadt still isn’t an inductee. Linda, at the height of her popularity, was a Rock ‘n Roller, not really a “pop” star until later in her career.

    An what about Stevie Nicks (solo), Diana Ross (solo) Pat Benatar, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Carly Simon, Sonny & Cher, Donna Summer…?

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  24. What's taking so long? October 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    First of all, Linda Ronstadt was a Rock Queen not just a pop queen. Also, Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner are not in as solo artists.

  25. eran October 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Very good points…

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