September 16, 2005 |
Was 1980 really that bad for rock music? Artists become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record, but the hall's nominating committee couldn't find anyone from the newly eligible class of 1980 to put on the 2005 ballot that was sent to voters this week. That could mean a long-awaited induction for such longtime wallflowers as Black Sabbath (on the ballot for the eighth time), Lynyrd Skynyrd (seventh), the Sex Pistols and Stooges (fifth each).
September 29, 2007 |
Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ready for Madonna and the Beastie Boys? The Material Girl of pop and the clown princes of New York hip-hop are the biggest names on the final ballot for hall membership, along with Hoosier hero John Mellencamp, who is a more straightforward option for an institution that is increasingly finding that its definition of "rock" is being tested.
December 14, 2004 |
U2, the Irish rock band that for more than two decades has woven commercial success and critical acclaim into a high-minded career, will lead the 2005 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The quartet will be joined by the rock band the Pretenders, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, soul singer Percy Sledge and the R&B vocal group the O'Jays.
November 21, 2003 |
George Harrison, Prince and Jackson Browne are among seven acts who will be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next March. Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Traffic and the Dells round out this year's list of new members, announced Thursday by the organization. Harrison, already a Hall of Famer as a member of the Beatles, is being inducted again for his solo work. His former bandmates Paul McCartney and John Lennon were previously elected for their solo work too. Harrison died in November 2001.
September 30, 1990 |
Artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as performers and forefathers: 1985: Performers--Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Elvis Presley. Forefathers--Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Yancey. 1986: Performers--the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B. B.
January 10, 2007 |
Like a lot of fans, Sammy Hagar winced when he heard Monday that he and old rival David Lee Roth would both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with Van Halen. "This could be a complete and total disaster. It could be wonderful too. It really could. But it also could be such a disaster and an embarrassment that it goes down in history." Roth was the voice of Van Halen from its mid-'70s Sunset Strip days up into the monster success of the 1980s.
November 12, 2006 |
THE Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nine finalists for induction in 2007. I like the list this year, and if it were up to me, I'd vote them all in. But given that only five of the nine contenders will make the cut, here's the order I'd put them in: the Ronettes, Patti Smith, Chic, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, the Stooges. That leaves Van Halen, Joe Tex, the Dave Clark Five and R.E.M. to try to make the grade another year.
September 23, 2008 |
Metallica and Run-DMC top the list of nominees for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The others on the short list for induction include Jeff Beck, the Stooges, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Wanda Jackson, Chic, Bobby Womack and War. The Rock Hall is dealing with the relative dearth of worthy acts newly eligible for membership by leaning heavily on acts previously passed over for membership. Metallica and Run-DMC are the only '80s-vintage nominees being drafted to the institution, which requires 25 years to have passed since performers released their first recordings.
December 6, 2002 |
Saxophonist Steve Douglas, Motown drummer Benny Benjamin and Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer are the 2003 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sidemen category. Former Warner Bros. Records executive Mo Ostin will be inducted in the non-performer category. Douglas, who died in 1993, was a member of the Los Angeles-based "Wrecking Crew" group of studio musicians that played on hundreds of hits by artists including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and John Lennon.
March 16, 2010 |
Thank goodness the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters relented and allowed Iggy Pop and the Stooges into the club. Without the proto-punk rockers on hand, Monday night's awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City would have been a pretty tame affair. This year's class of performer inductees, also including ABBA, the Hollies, Genesis and Jimmy Cliff, proved an exceedingly earnest and genuinely appreciative bunch. And then there was Iggy: "This thing is . . . heavy," Pop said, hefting the statue he'd just been handed, then flipping two middle fingers to the crowd of designer-suited men and cocktail-dressed women looking on. "Well, roll over, Woodstock!"