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Ten Best: Artists That Should Be Nominated For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

by VVN Music

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, the new nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be announced.

There are a few excellent first time nominees in Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine and Dr. Dre (with No Doubt bringing up the rear), but here are ten who are already eligible that we think deserve to be up for induction.

10. Dick Dale

Maybe he didn't have the hits of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Surfaris and others, but Dick Dale created the amazing surf guitar sound and, to this day, remains one of the fastest players around.

9. Todd Rundgren

A master singer, songwriter and musician, Rundgren transitioned between genres faster than a chameleon can change colors.  Not only could he write hits ("Hello, It's Me", "I Saw the Light"), but songs for others ("It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference") and a host of experimental music for Utopia.

8. The Spinners

Few R&B groups in the 70's had the lasting career of the Spinners and, unlike so many in that decade, the group used a combination of three different singers to mold their sound.

7. Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Yes made it in last year and now it is time for the other classically progressive group of the 70's, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  Each a superb musician on their own, they combined to create both original music along with their own unique interpretations of classical music standards.

6. Bad Company

One of the great supergroups, combining members of Free, Mott the Hoople and King Crimson, Bad Company provided the best vehicle of each man's career to do their greatest work and to rock the hardest.

5. The Smiths

There is a near complete absence of British artists from the early-80's in the Hall even though they have been eligible for over a decade. The Smiths were influential over British music in their era, supposedly one of the main criteria for induction, and both Morrissey and Johnny Marr have continued to stay relevant by moving The Smiths sound forward into the new century.

4. War

When Yes was inducted, it was as much for their music as the long line of superb musicians that have played with the group.  The same could be said of War that produced such greats as Lee Oskar, Lonnie Jordan and Harold Ray Brown. Plus, they managed to cover a wide range of styles from their work with Eric Burden to the funk of The Cisco Kid and Low Rider to the smooth soul of All Day Music and Summer. War was all the great R&B sounds of the 70's rolled up into one band.

3. Iron Maiden

Black Sabbath is NOT the only hard rock band that deserves the be enshrined in the Hall.  Iron Maiden have been recording some of the most iconic albums of the genre for almost forty years and deserve to be recognized not only for their sound but also for their influence over the many bands that came after them.

2. Judas Priest

HOWEVER, Iron Maiden shouldn't go in until Judas Priest gets the nod.  Priest was on the front lines in developing the hard rock sound in the late-60's and early-70's along with Sabbath. Although they didn't release their debut until five years after Ozzy and company (1974), they had paid their dues in the clubs transitioning from blues rock to a much harder sound.

1. The Moody Blues

It's time for the nominating committee to forget about the petty preconceived notions of one person (even if they are the chairman) and recognize the huge influence that the Moody Blues had on the world of symphonic and progressive rock. Their albums Days of Future Past, In Search of the Lost Chord and A Question of Balance broke the mold for what rock musicians could do with more "serious" musicians in orchestras. If innovation and influence are two of the main criteria for induction, it is a crime that not only are the Moody Blues not in, but have never even been nominated.

Others that we would place just outside the top ten would be King Crimson, Kraftwerk, Boston, Harry Nillson, Warren Zevon, Jethro Tull and Procol Harum.

And, once again, we are advocating for the consideration of Michael Nesmith for inclusion in special categories.  We're not members of the "Monkees deserve to be in the Hall" movement, and that could take up a whole separate article, but we do believe that Michael Nesmith deserves consideration.  Not only was he an early innovator in country rock with his First, Second and Third National Band albums, but was also extremely influential in the development of music video into an art form that led to the formation of MTV.


Anonymous said…
What about Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople. 6 decades of writing, recording and touring high quality music
Anonymous said…
It would be great if The Surfaris were nominated as they have one of the most iconic classic songs of rock and roll history--Wipe Out, as well as others that charted.
Unknown said…
nick drake, big star, kraftwerk, can, gram parsons, joy division