The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Announces Nominees for 2009 Induction

September 23, 2008

New York (September 22, 2008) — The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced today. The nine nominees are: Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack. Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. For the first time, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.

To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year’s nominees had to release their first single no later than 1983.

One of the most influential guitarists in rock and roll, Jeff Beck, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, as a member of the Yardbirds. After his 18-month stint (1965-66) in that band, he formed the first edition of the Jeff Beck Group (1968-69, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood). In the four decades since, Beck’s work has encompassed deep explorations into instrumental jazz fusion, blues, a tribute to Gene Vincent, and much more, always underpinned by his hard-rock roots.

Chic’s founding partnership of songwriter-producers Nile Rodgers (guitar) and Bernard Edwards (bass), abetted by future Power Station drummer Tony Thompson, rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and studio smarts. With their out-ofthe-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” and “LeFreak,” Chic raised the bar and hooked a generation. Since then, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples. Rodgers and dwards (before his death in 1996) followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers for an A-list of megastars.

When Elvis Presley sang “wear my ring around your neck” – it was Wanda Jackson’s neck. And she still has the ring. The “First Lady of Rock and Roll” started recording in 1954, and was 18 when she graduated high school and played her first package tour with Elvis in 1955. He convinced her that rock and roll was the way, and she grabbed onto the rhythm like a dynamo. Wanda had the respect of Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and every musician who ever shared the stage with the “Queen Of Rockabilly.” A perennial star on tour in Europe and Japan, Wanda’s career revived back home in the ’90s, thanks to true believers like Elvis Costello.

After singing in high school doo-wop groups, Fort Greene, Brooklyn’s Jerome Anthony Gourdine joined a quartet called the Chesters, which included tenor Ernest Wright, Jr. and baritone Clarence Collins. The fivesome signed to George Goldner’s End Records in 1958 as the Imperials featuring Little Anthony. His boyish vocal (redolent of Frankie Lymon) clicked with “Tears On My Pillow” and “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop,” boosted by one of the most energetic stage shows around. Other hits included “I’m on the Outside (Looking In),” “Goin’ Out of My Head,” and “Hurt So Bad” that forever immortalized Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Rising from the Los Angeles metal underground in the early 1980s, Metallica quickly rose to become the most successful and acclaimed heavy metal band of their era – a position they’ve consistently held for over a quarter century. Founded by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, the group discovered a potent formula by combining the thrash metal of Motorhead with the industrial sound of Killing Joke. By the late 1980s, mainstream tastes were shifting over to metal and Metallica found themselves with a string of hit singles and sold-out stadiums across the globe. This month the band released Death Magnetic, a metal tour de force in the same vein as their landmark 1980s work.

More than any other act, Run-D.M.C. took hip-hop from the streets of New York to the national stage. The group gets deserved credit for its combinations of rock and rap from their early use of guitars on tracks such as “Rock Box” to their ground-breaking collaboration with Aerosmith on their 1986 cover of “Walk this Way.” But even more important was how Run-D.M.C. and the late Jam Master Jay set the template for modern hip-hop, from their everyday-teenager style to their blazing live shows to a catalogue of classic songs that few rappers have matched: “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas,” “Peter Piper,” “It’s Like That,” “Sucker MC’s” and many more.

The “Big Bang” that became punk, alternative, heavy metal, new wave, grunge, hardcore and industrial music, could very well have been the advent of Iggy and the Stooges in Ann Arbor in the late 1960′s. Immediately embraced in New York, London and Los Angeles for the nuclear-powered simplicity of their music, the ironic nihilism of their lyrics, and the persona of Iggy himself, the Stooges have become icons in the history of modern music. And if there is a national anthem for the far side (the underside?) of our rock and roll universe, it is certainly “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

The six founding members of War – the late Papa Dee Allen and Charles Miller, survivors Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, and Howard Scott – were gigging around L.A. for nearly a decade before hooking up with Eric Burdon (ex-Animals) and Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar in 1969. Burdon and producer Jerry Goldstein named them War and they backed it up with a steamy Afro-Latin R&B groove that rocked their debut hit “Spill The Wine.” Less than two years later, Burdon dropped out and War went their own way in 1971. A long string of Top 10 pop/R&B crossover
hits established War’s status through the ’70s, always with a social message grounded by their distinctively breezy Southern California vibe.

In a class with Sam Cooke and James Brown, his two older mentors, Bobby Womack’s career spans over 55 years, back to sibling group the Womack Brothers. Cooke signed and renamed them the Valentinos, whose first two Womack-penned R&B hits became signatures for the Rolling Stones (“It’s All Over Now,” their first #1 UK hit) and J. Geils Band (“Lookin’ For A Love”). Womack is a triple-threat: prolific solo artist, landmark session guitarist (Sam Cooke At the Copa, Aretha Now, Lady Soul, Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” Sly’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On, the Rolling Stones’ “Harlem
Shuffle,” and many more), and master songwriter (Aretha’s “Chain Of Fools,” Wilson Picket’s “I’m a Midnight Mover,” Janis Joplin’s “Trust Me,” and countless others.

Five of the nine nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced in January 2009.

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction program will include a week long series of events culminating with the Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. Advance ticket sales for the events will be made available to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members and then to the public. For the latest information on inductee announcements, ticket packages, events, and other programs, fans can sign up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame newsletter at

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

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gray carlisle (1 comments) October 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm

when ARE you lot gonna wake up and get RUSH inducted.???Their music’s still vibrant,decent guys and philanthropic with it! O h and their sales aren’t bad either!


Harold Hogarth (1 comments) January 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I dont get you guys …Alice cooper is the reason others got into Rock…The Master of theatrical Shock Rock…Why is Metalica inducted before Alice? You guys need to be educated on rock and roll ! Is this Political?


Peter Pagano (1 comments) February 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

It has amazed me that in all of the years of the induction process, Laura Nyro has been overlooked, year after year.

Talk about an artist who not only wrote many “hits”, but was influential on many artists as well.

I hope it won’t be too much longer before she gets to take her well deserved place in the Hall of Fame


Brian Strong (1 comments) February 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I don’t know how it is possible that Run DMC actually made it to the Hall of Fame before bands like RUSH, YES, or (biggest surprise of all) KISS. Someone has to wake up and actually read the name of the foundation “ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME”.


Keith (1 comments) February 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm

YES should be in the Hall of Fame.
Is no one listening at the H of F Foundation???
Have they NOT heard of YES???


robin kitson (1 comments) February 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

I looked at all those inducted and wondered wWhere on earth is Leon Russell. If you look at the length of his career whom all have done his songs, whom all he has played with what is it that is missing. George Benson won a grammy with Masqueradewhich Leon wrote (I like Leons version better). Over his life he has held great concerts played with all the greats sung songs many love to this day and still tours. I wish I understood your your criteria; it would be good if it were published.


David (1 comments) February 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm

No RUSH?….you’re a joke!!!!


Russ (1 comments) February 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I have been a campaigner for years (obviously to deaf ears) for the Crickets to be added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Buddy Holly because of their undeniable contributions to his classic sound. Frankie Lyon’s Teenagers, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Gladys Knight’s Pips were given honors, and CCR – not just John Fogerty – are recognized. Were the Attractions more important to Elvis Costello’s music than the Crickets were to Buddy Holly’s?

“That’ll Be The Day”, “Maybe Baby”, “Not Fade Away”, “Oh Boy!” – all were recorded by The Crickets, not Buddy Holly, or Buddy Holly and the Crickets – just “The Crickets”. And, even though uncredited, “Peggy Sue”, “Every Day”, and all except Holly’s last session before his death, when he was moving away from rock and roll, included Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin backing him on drums and bass.

(For those not old enough to have been there, or are unfamiliar with their history, “Buddy Holly” recorded for the mainstream Coral label and “The Crickets” were released on the “black” Brunswick label – apparently to try to cash in doubly on this new music that baffled the old guard record execs.)

My argument for the Crickets have always added, almost as an afterthought, the same logic for The Comets, Bill Haley’s band, also, sadly, overlooked by the Hall. Bill Haley did not record “Rock Around The Clock”, Bill Haley and the Comets did.

How hard can it be to correct this mistake by the people who selected the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Before they are all dead?


The RigGator (2 comments) February 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

I have lost faith in the Foundation years ago. With such acts of Rush, Yes, and Many others not inducted in the HOF the pandering and record schmoozing of the big “commercial” votes are a far cry from real HOF material. But of course the big labels and their deep pockets doesn’t look at inspiration or connection to “their style of music”(the artist being). Matellica although definitely a future HOF should stand in line behind acts as KISS, Motorhead,even Twisted Sister. Yes Metallica does deserve to be in the HOF but when others before them have gone to such levels. But for that matter their are artist in RnR history that have been forgotten and a whole Genra of music that is left out wheres Punk acts such as Black Flag, Sex Pistols etc, I guess they will induct Green Day before Iggy Pop. Rob Zombie before Alice Cooper the list goes on. What about the Blues I guess the HOFF will put Kenny Wayne Shepard before The Late Jeff Healey in which by all means needs to be Inducted. Yes Jeff Healey played with such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Harrison, Ian Gillan, Eric Clapton, etc if these legends thought he was one of the best blues players around why don’t the HOFF and the entire RnR industry give credit where it is deserving.This is an artist who should be hailed with the masters like Hendrix,SVR,Muddy Waters,George Harrison, Etc. Not only did he bring another level to playing guitar (style and sound) he also spread into Jazz, Country,rock, and Blues. This is a legend in his own right and Canada lost a beutiful child when he passed away. Any way this is just food for thought. I know my voice isn’t being heard but it does need to be said.


hank hartley (2 comments) February 18, 2009 at 11:31 pm

It defies all logic, reason, and understanding of what good music is that the Moody Blues are not in the RRHOF. Some one made me aware of this fact and I couldn’t believe it. I had to check your inductee list several times before I believed it was true. I won’t list the inductees you have that the Moody Blues are better than, because I’d have to name 75% of the people/groups that you’ve inducted.
Nights in White Satin
Ride My See-Saw
Isn’t Life Strange
Story in Your Eyes
I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band



sondan (89 comments) February 19, 2009 at 12:20 am

You said it all Hank. It does defy logic! The Moody Blues are Sixties Icons that are still going strong as a trio. “Go Now” is a classic and one of my favorite songs of the era!

I hope that the HOF reads some of these comments to get their act together.


paj (1 comments) March 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Harold-you are so right–There are so many bands that should be in the RRHOF -i find it rather odd that Alice Cooper hasn’t been nominated. Alice and band influenced many musicians and still are relevant in todays music. Alice still releases new material every 1 1/2 years-tours the world and has a very successful radio career. Alice is just one of at least fifty i can think of that have been snuffed by the foundation. It would appear that the members of the RRHOF foundation are not in tune with the general public. Once again the people in power don’t care about what fans think. I forgot that it’s all about kissing butt and looking good. The Hall of Fame should open the voting process to the public Then we wouldn’t feel like it’s all fixed. I doubt that any member of the foundation cares what any of us think. As i read these comments, i find a familiar note in every one-fans are not required in ivoting


The RigGator (2 comments) March 8, 2009 at 2:54 am

I guess the 2010 RRHOF will include Milli Vanilli and the New Kids on the Block. Pllease can some one stick a toothpick and an amplifier to prop open the eyes and open the ears of the Judges in the HOF. No Moody Blues, Rush, Alice Cooper, Yes, King Crimson, etc isn’t all the RnR or have I got lost in some paranormal RnR HOF hell. Judges quit putting up the blow up your nose and get the D@#$% out of your mouths and put the ones who belong in first.


Dave U (2 comments) March 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm

DAN FOGELBERG…..probably one of the greatest singer/songwriters/musicians to ever hit the stage…..absolutely.

These bands/performers pre-empted by Run DMC ?….give me a break.


Dave U (2 comments) March 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Looks like Red Rocks has a better handle on talent

The Performers Hall of Fame at the new Red Rocks Visitor Center
to include
U2, Santana, and The Beatles.

DENVER The Performers Hall of Fame, a much anticipated attraction inside the new Visitor Center at Red Rocks, accepted public input in 2002 on exceptional artists who have performed at the Amphitheatre since its inception in 1941. The Performers Hall of Fame is a permanent part of the Visitor Center located in the 6450 Theatre, and will pay tribute to those performers who have made musical history at Red Rocks.

The top 10 performers chosen by the fans for the initial Hall of Fame, which will debut along with the Visitor Center in April of 2003, are Santana, Sting, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Lily Pons, Dan Fogelberg, Willie Nelson, U2, Stevie Ray Vaughn and The Allman Brothers Band. One new inductee will be added each year beginning in 2003.
Continues here:


Marv Gutkin (1 comments) March 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

It boggles my mind that The Fifth Dimension has not yet been inducted into The Hall of Fame. They are one of the most dominant singing groups of the late 60s and early 70s. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine It is the anthem of that period.

They are one of the most talented singing groups of all time. They could sing just about any style of rock n roll music and ballads.

With all the one hit wonders that have been inducted, how can the Fifth Dimension be overlooked year after year?


Elizabeth (1 comments) March 23, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Another slap in the face this year – I frequent websites dedicated to CSNY and CSN, and a few days ago I read an ardent Stephen Stills fan’s appeal to THREE TIME Stills. And this while Graham Nash’s first group, the Hollies, still haven’t gotten in after many years and many hits compared to the relative flash in the pan known as Buffalo Springfield. Oh, come on … they should two time Nash before three timing Stills (which is not necessary), since the Hollies deserve it. Just ask Hollies fans who have been campaigning at the grass roots level for years, whether or not they like them better with or without Graham.


Shanaldo (1 comments) March 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

OMG…for the love of Christ and all that is Holy…RUSH belongs to the “Prog Rock” category, and you’ve rejected them AGAIN? Frankly, I question whether you are an actual music fan. Wait until the rest of the world hears this…


Sudi (1 comments) April 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

NEIL DIAMOND! Why isn’t Neil Diamond in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet? He’s been consistently making records for 40 years that are loved the world over. We enjoyed out visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with all its memorabilia, (Jimmy Hendrix was an artist on paper as well as on the guitar, didn’t know that till our visit), but NEIL DIAMOND belongs there, too. He has been overlooked for too many years and I wonder why. He’s a great writer and performer as well as philanthropist. Needs to be there to complete the Hall’s credibility.


Walter H Raymond (1 comments) April 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I too have lost faith in the Foundation, The induction of Run DMC is a joke, how do you confuse rap with rock? what is next, the induction of show tunes? I thought the Foundation was serious about the music?


Pam Bardwell (2 comments) April 5, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I am amazed year after year at the omission of Chicago to the Hall of Fame. They have been playing and touring for more than 40 years with an unmistakable signature sound that changed the way we listen to rock and roll. I am at a loss to understand to oversight and am hopeful the foundation will ‘Make Me Smile’ next year!!!


Brad Carlson (1 comments) April 13, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Please. Leon Russell is still one of the hardest working people in the Rock World. You name it and he’s played with them or wrote it. A true legend and great writer and performer. Give Leon his due… PLEASE !!


Sean C. Webb (1 comments) April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I feel someone that has any authority at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation needs to pull their head out from the dark depths of their rectum and induct RUSH! I am certain I am not the only fan that has made this simple suggestion. Why does it fall upon deaf ears? Flatulence is the static that immobilizes corrective action. I dare you to prove me wrong on this.


Tim McKenzie (1 comments) May 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

After 30 albums and over 3 decades of music, it really surprises me that Chicago hasn’t been inducted.


Real Music Fan (1 comments) May 4, 2009 at 6:04 pm

It doesn’t include Alice Cooper.

It doesn’t include KISS.

It doesn’t even include The Moody Blues who are greater than every other inductee put together.

But it certainly includes Run DMC.

So please, “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” rename your institution with a bit more honest name.


Dennis (1 comments) May 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm

No Social Distortion, well I guess the hall is not legitimate.I can’t think of one modern rock band that hasn’t been influenced by this great band from Orange County.


Brian (1 comments) May 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I grew up listening to my Dads old albums and I appreciate that upbringing. So here is my complaint with this years inductees. 1. Metallica. Why isnt Dave Mustaine on stage to get his? They inducted Cliff Burton. Understandible. He was there at the beginning. But so was Mustaine. I am a great fan of both bands. When I saw Robert T. on stage accepting a award and his speech, I cut the T.V. off. Metallica couldnt bury the hatchet with Mustaine for one night? Van Halen did with Roth. BOOOOOOO!!! 2. Run Dmc. A rap group in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame? Now I am a fan of thiers also. No Cussing, drugs, guns or the junk that most of todays main stream rap groups cash in on. The only real contribution Run made to rock and roll was kicking Aerosmith in the ass and getting that Rock and Roll band back on track. (Walk This Way). 3. I personally feel that there is a lot of major bands that should have gone in first before Run. Rush, Yes, Megadeth, just to name a few.


SF Sooner (1 comments) May 14, 2009 at 12:58 am

How can the Rock & Roll Foundation continue to overlook Leon Russell? The man is simply a brilliant musician and songwriter. He has done it all in every genre: rock, country, bluegrass. Song for You has to be one of the most beautiful songs of all time. And with George Benson’s 1970s cover of Leon’s This Masquerade, Leon wrote what was, at the time, the top selling single on the jazz charts. If you have ever listened to Mad Dogs & Englishmen, well … just listen to Leon’s piano in songs like The Letter and Feeling Alright. There is no question that Leon Russell is a musical genius. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.


Randall Bundy (1 comments) May 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

The induction of REO Speedwagon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is long overdue. No group embodies the power rock ballad sound of the Midwest better and still has the following that REO Speedwagon has. Their music is as good today–see them in concert–as it was when it first was recorded and the new material is some of the best music being made today. “Find Your Own Way Home” is a great album/CD. It is time for this group to be added to the Hall of Fame!


Dr Cody Sweet (1 comments) May 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Assuming the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame actually means “Rock and Roll,” THE DIAMONDS are an obvious nomination. Remember their hits at the beginning of R and R: “Lil’ Darlin’,” (the national anthem of Rock ‘n’ Roll), “The Stroll,” “Silouettes on the Shade,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”?

From the late ’50s to today, THE DIAMONDS’ legend continues. Rock and Roll = THE DIAMONDS.


Fantagor (1 comments) May 30, 2009 at 3:42 am

Still no Rush? This “institution” has to be the single biggest joke on Earth. Apparently being a viable act for 35 YEARS means nothing to the empty suits who run this shabby shady specter of a tribute to rock and roll. Run-D.M.C? You have got to be kidding me. Are your memorializing rock and roll or rap? Do you know what rock and roll sounds like, or did you all have your ears replaced with squirrels?


PS Pleas, I would LOVE to hear directly from one of the boy or girl geniuses running this flop house.


Ron Harper (1 comments) June 14, 2009 at 1:21 am

How can Rush not be in the Crock Hall of Fame, this must be a joke. Eh? is it because they are Canadian? Yes is not in either. What kind of brain dead voters do the induction? It is like the jokers that voted Obama in the White House. Some people just shouldn’t have a ballot.


Bill Stamper (1 comments) July 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

Why isn’t Jethro Tull in?
Over 40 years of touring, 30 + albums, Grammy.
One of the most intellectual, inovative bands in rock n roll history(Ian Anderson is a musical genious). Come on people.


John Parkin (2 comments) July 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm

The names I see ommitted are certainly worthy. I also agree with the Sex Pistols. Rap has no place there either, if they get in, what is next? Country? Will the rap hall of fame put rock stars in? NO. It’s the wrong genre.
So let me throw another name who is certainly worthy of the HOF, and probably will never make it: Sammy Hagar.
He has been recording and touring since 1973, with a total of at least 15 solo albums. He regulary fills ampitheatres around the country at an age of 61. He has never stopped rocking, not making “comebacks”, but just continuing.
It’s a total crock that after 36 years in the business and still counting, still selling records, he has not even been mentioned.
It’s not enough he is in with VH, they would have gotten in with or without him. His solo career needs recognized.
Until it is, along with the others mentioned in other posts, the hall is a total joke.


Deanna (1 comments) July 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I do not know how you can have overlooked Pat Benatar. Who from her first album in 1979 through the eighties showed that women could rock and that they contributed to the growth and the lead way for other female artists. When I look at inductees, I agree with most choices. I find women not represented compared to male groups or solo rock. Pat Benatar allowed Nelly furtado, nevanescence (female lead)Natasha bedingfield,amy winehouse,sarah mclachlan, alicia keys to come later and have a male and female audience. She was a force and I feel that as a women, women have been slighted, I realize that women had a hard time breaking through in the early years, but if she is left out your foundation, and it is wrong, as I look at the list she belongs. Do the right thing and look at her body of work, what the time period she came from, she not only sounded good in the studio but with her opera background sounded great in a live concert. I am only ask you do the right thing and begin looking at women. I am one women who is disappointed in you.


Jeri (2 comments) July 20, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Do the fans have anything to say about the nominations?
Your criteria below!!

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

So Run DMC just makes 25 years and they are inducted?? Nothing personal Run DMC,,,
Then we have the Sex Pistols in 2006.. yeah they performed for 2-3 years and didn’t even attend the ceremonies?? UGH

You miss some incredible bands year after year!! These bands and musicians have been around for 40-50 years…

THREE DOG NIGHT .. JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG is the most notable line in the WORLD!! I mean check out Chuck Negron these days at and see what he has accomplished alone.


NEIL DIAMOND.. Neil is the GREATEST!! What don’t you people get?

JAY AND THE AMERICANS…. Black can still hit that high note on CARA MIA!! They are still touring!!

I know there are plenty more that deserve this nomination.

Maybe you can explain why the above have never been nominated, because I sure don’t understand!

At least you finally got Little Anthony and The Imperials in…they’ve only been around for over 50 years and still touring…Kudos for that..but what’s with the rest?? Anyone??


Darry Ruiter (1 comments) July 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Where the F**K is Jethro Tull. Only been around for 40 years or so. I look at some of the people in this farce of a foundation and just have to laugh. Obviously someone has a beef with them being inducted……what a great injustice to a to such a talented group of performers.


John Parkin (2 comments) August 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm

This HOF is a joke. Nothing more. I agree with Pat Benetar as well. Along with the others. How can rap be inducted before all those great bands/artists that are not in? It is the ROCK hall of fame. The place is a joke and wont get a dime of my money until they step up and do it right.


Chris (1 comments) August 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

Rush- some of the greatest musicians I’ve ever heard.
Yes- the same as Rush
Megadeth- If Metallica got inducted, Megadeth has much more musical ability.


Jp (1 comments) September 23, 2009 at 9:15 am

I think everyone is agreed that the “Foundation” members need to be removed and replaced with a new set. That’s the petition that needs to be circulated.


Fred Silva (1 comments) September 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm

LEON RUSSELL has been overlooked again by the idiots on The R & R Hall Of Fame nomination committee. It’s amazing that LEON is by-passed year after year; even as he continues his “LIFETIME TOUR” of performing across the U S A and the world. The Hall will continue to be irrelevant and meaningless as long as ‘The Master Of Space and Time’ is not recognized as one of our greatest influences in the history of Rock N’ Roll; either as a songwriter, performer, producer/arranger, sideman, or musical influence.


brad (1 comments) September 26, 2009 at 12:26 pm

RUSH snubbed again? You guys are a JOKE


Pam Bardwell (2 comments) October 11, 2009 at 10:32 am

Nominations are out for 2010 and again – NO CHICAGO!!! What have they done (or not done) to continue to be ignored by the foundation. They should be in the Hall of Fame – I had hoped to see their name among the nominees for this year’s class, but they are missing again.
I don’t understand the foundation’s thinking – Red Hot Chile Peppers!?!?!?!?! No disrespect to them or their fans, but how do you compare their work with 40+ year career of Chicago?


Dean (1 comments) October 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

i would like to name a few that should be in the RRHOF that deserve it

Ringo Starr
Herman’s Hermits
Niel Sadaka
Three Dog Night
Niel Diamond

and I also believe that even though they were thrown together for a TV show, The Monkees have proved that they can play their own instruments and sing. They sold 65 million albums
I believe they belong


SonDan (89 comments) October 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Excellent choices. I can’t believe that Neil Sedaka isn’t already in the HOF! He’s been eligible for many, many years.


Jim Ferguson (1 comments) October 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

I can’t believe that Metallica, Run-D.M.C., and the Stooges are inducted before Stevie Ray Vaughan.


Mark P (1 comments) June 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I live in Florida and watching the concert on HBO and got a little more interested in the members that have been iducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and notice one member that is not on the list that was probably one of the most influential and talented guitarists in the last 20 years. I don’t know how inductee’s make it onto the list, but I believe Stevie Ray Vaughn should be somewhere in there soon. It has been said by many that after the loss of the great Jimi Hendrix, no one has ever come close to his ability until Stevie Ray Vaughn hit the stage. He has countless hits, one of the greatest blues guitarists of the last 50 years of Rock & Roll, I don’t believe that any one would argue his iductee status, hopefully no one has forgotten his influence and talent, and never should.

I would also like to add that I agree that Rush should be there along with a few other bands such as

Deep Purple
John Lee Hooker
The Guess Who
Bachman Turner Overdrive
J. Geils Band
Steve Miller
Humble Pie
Alice Cooper
Motley Crue
Johnny Winter
Allman Brothers
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Just a few that crossed my mind.


OldRockRoller (1 comments) June 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Here’s two groups that I can’t believe are not in the R&R HOF …

Heart and Grand Funk Railroad!!! Wake up people!!!! GFR was an unbelievable live band, they sold out MSG faster than Led Zeppelin. What can you say about Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson. Ann was probably the greatest female R&R singer of all time.

What a pathetic excuse for a R&R Hall of Fame this is, instead we get groups like Run DMC (last time I checked Rap is not Rock), and ABBA (I really like ABBA, but their music is not rock, it’s disco and at best pop).


sondan (89 comments) February 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm


I am with you on this one. Nyro was an amazing artist and specifically one of the best songwriters ever! Her hits abound.

If any of you readers are not familiar with Nyro — check out her Wiki page for a brief overview here.

One of my favorite groups growing up was the 5th Dimension and I do believe that singing Nyro songs propelled them to become the superstars they were.

PErhaps a petition to the powers that be would get the ball rolling?!


sondan (89 comments) April 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm

OMG Pam,

You have got to be kidding me. I can’t believe that Chicago is not already in the HOF. It would “Color My World” if they got in ASAP. I certainly hope that someone(s) affiliated with the organization is reading this thread because there is no point in having an institution that represents the people’s tastes if the selections are not what the people want. Simple as that IMHO.

Thanks to everyone for your input in this thread and keep it up. I am loving this discussion.



Jeri (2 comments) July 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm

You’re right CHICAGO should be in there, THREE DOG NIGHT!!! I mean come on…JOHNNY MAESTRO AND THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE. I don’t get the lame nominations….these band are icons!! WOW NEIL DIAMOND, what gives????


sondan (89 comments) April 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm

WTFritos? Leon Russell is not already in the HOF? I think I need to check out the list. That is unbelievable.


Sean (1 comments) April 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I have been severely disappointed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation for quite some time. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have got to be one of the best gifts to this messed up planet. Their talents have spanned decades and reached all over the globe. Does any one even read these posts? I vow to continue to fart in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s general direction until this injustice has been rectified. Seriously, you are indeed a joke.


sondan (89 comments) May 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm

What amazes me even more Tim, is reading the comments such as yours to find out who is NOT is the HOF. The NOT list seems to be the better list (LOL) Come on now HOF. Chicago’s music was a huge part of my youth. “Color My World” was my favorite ballad for many many years. This band was stellar IMHO.


hank hartley (2 comments) July 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Bill you took the words right out of my mouth. The omission of Jethro Tull from the HOF is ridiculous. From early albums such as Aqualung and Benefit they have continued to turn out quality music for forty years. The omission of Jethro Tull, along with Chicago and The Moody Blues are the HOF’s three greatest mysteries. The people running the HOF must be thick as a brick.


Lee (1 comments) July 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I looked up this site for the first time ever for the specific purpose of commenting on the fact that Rush is not in the hall, I’m glad you’ve already done it.

I’d love to use a few more adjectives other than “joke” – we’ll let that suffice.


Cheryl (1 comments) August 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm

After reading all these comments about who is not inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame all I can say is Why do we even HAVE a rock n roll hall of fame????One would think that all of these groups and individuals would have been inducted LONG AGO!!!!!Maybe we should just start our own and hand out these awards….we know these people changed the way we listen to music ( not just with our ears but with our hearts and souls)we could post our gratitude to youtube , email the band websites , or make a WIKI article.Hall of Fame / Shame indeed!!


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