We continue with Part 8 of BestClassicBands.com’s list of 100 bands and artists who aren’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and should be. As before, the blurb after each act’s name comes from the website.
Jan and Dean, “Surf City”: The surf duo was overshadowed by their colleagues the Beach Boys but for a few years they were massive.
Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past”: Their detractors will never understand why, but Ian Anderson and the band sold tons of records and were a major concert act for years.
Tom Jones, “Thunderball”: Forget about the schlocky stuff—on the strength of his voice, this masterful interpreter of songs belongs in. As a live performer, he’s better than ever now, and his past few albums have been spectacular.
Ben E. King, “Spanish Harlem”:* Inducted as a member of the Drifters, but his solo output includes “Stand By Me” and “Spanish Harlem.” He needs his own slot in the Hall.
King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King”: Prog at its most inventive. Whatever you think of the genre on the whole, you must acknowledge that Robert Fripp is a genius.
Gordon Lightfoot, “Carefree Highway”: If fellow Canadians like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell can make the cut, why not this terrific singer-songwriter?
Little Feat, “Oh Atlanta”: This L.A. outfit was just so funky, and with the late Lowell George as their lead guitarist they left audiences numb night after night.
Los Lobos, “La Bamba”: For more than four decades this East L.A. band has continued to innovate. Their output has been consistently strong since day one, and in concert they kill.
Love, “My Little Red Book”: Fronted by the gifted singer-songwriter Arthur Lee, this ’60s L.A. band was, for a while, as important to that scene as the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield.
Lonnie Mack, “Memphis”: One wicked guitar player, championed by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and Duane Allman.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 6, 2022.