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January 12, 2022


The Great Rock Hall Purge: Which Hall of Fame inductees don’t belong?

(Thanks to Rod Nunley)

For openers: They want to kick out Wilson Pickett? Seriously?


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Can't they just move it to Vegas, cuz you know, what happens in Vegas...

Soon to be made into a documentary by Ken Burns. the working title is "Das Boot" (so it can appeal to Germans)

Dion? Dion? Is he f#ucking bat sh!t crazy? Dion is now 82 years old and still singing at a good level (way above such people whose voices are totally shot, i.e. Paul Simon, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Stills), as well as writing and performing and recording new songs. In fact, we have tickets to see him perform this summer.

Dude, you just lost ALL CREDIBILITY. I don't need to read the rest of your bogus article.

So they want to kick out The Mamas and the Papas? Ike And Tina Turner? Communists!
I also disagree with them kicking out Dion, Gladys Knight And The Pips, The Animals, and ELO.
However, I'll forgive them for booting out Neil Diamond who I'm sure is a G-d among singers but he's never done anything for me.
I actually met Tina Turner when I was a kid. She and Ike were playing at the NCO club at Clark AFB in the Philippines when we were stationed there. She came out between shows to the restaurant area where I was eating with my parents, told me hello, and shook my hand. I was only 11 years old but I told her I thought she was wonderful and she was. I've always loved her.

THe Four Seasons? They only had about 20 consecutive top 5 hits.


Cindy, that caught my eye too. Given the hate mail Dave got for making fun of one very bad Neil Diamond song in his BAD SONGS book, I think Mr. Troy L. Smith better move.

Also, very cool about meeting Tina Turner.

Jeff, I agree and the sooner the better.

And yet they didn’t purge Madonna on their lists. She should have been purged years ago.

For starters,

Jackson Browne
The Dells
George Harrison
Bob Seger
ZZ Top

Everyone goes with the exception of Prince?

Like many of you I have listened to a heck of a lot of music 60 years. I'd like to think I enjoy a wide variety of music. There is one aspect of time spent and the enjoyment of the Rock music listening experience I must point out. I have never, ever listened to a Prince song. I do know He was purple at birth and takes a lot of drugs. Barney-like. Stop, drop and Rock N Roll Purple King My Lord. Dr. My Eyes you Sharp Dressed man.

*I didn't fully read the article or bother to see who the idiot was that wrote it, but hanging him the set of Alice Cooper's reunion tour and biting his head off is too good for him.

Much to choke on here… Hard to believe anyone would suggest dropping Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

Jim - Are you kidding? Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble? The man is a Rock legend with a statue and everything.

The man would have been been a star in uncharted waters had He not died young.


And here.

I have played and almost bought a SRV Sig guitar. The one I played was new around 1995 and the store was asking around $1000.

@man tom: I may be a glutton for punishment to have scrolled down that far. He even listed The Moody Blues, Ritchie Valens, The Hollies, Steve Miller, Bill Withers, Joan Baez, Todd Rundgren, Dire Straits, and several others that shocked me among those he’d give the ax. Unbelievable!

I’m guessing the writer’s intention was to earn a spot in his own special hall of fame.

I agree with the assessment that being a Beatle should have been enough to keep George in.

I was surprised the Hollies made the list. They had a LOT of hits. I actually saw them on their last tour with Nash in the fall of '68. Excellent.


And What?

Both songs performed at a concert in Japan years ago. A really great performance. The blonde background singer is Todd's wife.

How can you say He is not worthy?


He started with a comparison between the Baseball and Rock & Roll halls of fame. Surprisingly, he didn’t suggest removing many baseball players from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He didn't. Did He?

Wilson Pickett?
John Lee Hooker?
Booker T.?
Percy Sledge?
Duane Eddy?

This is blasphemy.

By the way, I was sad to see in the news that Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes passed away. There were a lot of good acts with fun music what didn’t get into a hall of fame, but they were well-appreciated nonetheless. RIP.

My mistake, The Ronettes are actually in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and amazingly weren’t among those this writer suggested dropping. In any event, sad to know that Ronnie Spector is no longer with us.

Folks in Texas would have a direct answer. Hang the writer of this garbage, go to the local saloon, drink beer and listen to the good music we grew up with.

Jeff Meyerson--May I suggest Mr. Troy L. Smith move to the Australian outback ASAP.

Well, there's always this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwLeLzDHfIU

Sorry :)

IMHO the ones thar should be dumped are the ones that don't actually play rock and roll. Miles Davis? Really?

@nursecindy - I agree with Jeff Meyerson. Very cool about meeting Tina Turner!

OK, the “scoring system” be damned, these acts all had at least one song I can name in three notes … of the intro. Most had several and I can place the songs in particular moments of my life. Pretty impressive for “also-rans”.

Lovin’ Spoonful, Bonnie Raitt, The Mamas and the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, ZZ Top, The Ventures, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Dire Straits, The Zombies, Carole King*

*Back in the 60’s, I was about 14 years old and having a sandwich in the grill at the public golf course. The young woman behind the counter started belting out “The Locomotion” and absolutely nailed it. Decades later at our 25th Wedding Anniversary, our “band” (my drummer wife & I and a bunch of friends in a one time gig) did it and the dozens of attendees all sang along. And danced. The song reached #1 in three different decades with three different artists.

What about singers who should be in the Hall of Fame, but are not. I'm specifically speaking about the great Clarence "Frogman" Henry, and his hit "Aint Got No Home," where the Frogman belts it out, singing in his inimitable frog voice.

I was in New Orleans in the 70's, on Bourbon St. when what do I hear coming from one of the bars but the Frogman himself, appearing in-person. Vote the Frogman into the Hall.

The problem with the article was it relied way too much on critics. Commercial success is often hated by critics. This would be The Moody Blues, ELO, Chicago, The Dave Clark Five and Bob Seger's problem, among others. Another is there are 6 or 8 categories to get into the Rock Hall. Carole King is in twice, once as a songwriter once as a performer. Ringo Starr got in as a solo act on a lifetime achievment award, probably because all the other Beatles got in on their solo careers. I have no problem with the rock hall being bloated per se, I have a problem with the rock hall turning into something of a popular music hall of fame.

Is this just one fool's opinion, or are they acting on it and actually removing those acts? No point going through his idiocies: too many to mention. I was surprised, though, to see that Leonard Cohen was actually IN the Rock Hall of Fame. Cohen was an amazing artist, deserved the Nobel Prize more than Dylan, but he was as far from Rock-n-Roll as Berlioz!

LOL - can't believe anyone, regardless of flawed and no doubt manipulated methodology, would attempt to make the case that ZZ Top, Dire Straits, and Bon Jovi do not deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that Tupac Shakur does. What a farce.

Chuck Berry?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Oh. I misread - Chuck does NOT get the boot. Still a lot of dumb choices.

Keith in Tampa - B-}

"Chuck Berry took the neat opening riff from Louis Jordan’s 1946 song “Ain’t That Just Like a Woman” and turned it into a pivotal moment in rock’n’roll history. Written by Berry while on tour in New Orleans in 1958, the song includes a number of autobiographical elements (Johnny is a poor boy from the deep south who masters the guitar and goes on to become the leader of a famous band). In 1977, the track was put on a gold disc and sent into space with the Voyager mission, to let any passing aliens know just what humans were capable of." (Independent.co.uk)

It likely referred to Berry's piano player, Johnnie Johnson, also in the Hall. I saw him play at The Fabulous Satellite Lounge in Houston years ago. The night before, he got a call from Eric Clapton asking him to sit in at the nearby Summit (now a megachurch) for maybe 20,000 people, so he did. Then played at the Satellite the next night for a couple of hundred. His version "He used to carry his piano in a Cadillac ... "

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