Back with another chunk of BestClassicBand.com’s list of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s glaring omissions. Once again, they did all the heavy work, I just put the playlist together…
Phil Ochs, “When I’m Gone”: The late singer-songwriter gets stereotyped as a political/protest artist and for sure there was that side of him. But Ochs also wrote insightful love songs and was a keen observer.
Gram Parsons, “In My Hour Of Darkness”: He should be inducted with the Flying Burrito Brothers and as a solo artist! Synonymous with country-rock.
Teddy Pendergrass, “Love TKO”: Both with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and on his own, he was one of the most dynamic R&B singers.
Poco, “A Good Feeling To Know”: Another of the essential country-rock pioneers unjustly ignored.
Iggy Pop, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”: Inducted for the Stooges, but he’s arguably had even more influence as a solo artist.
John Prine, “Angel From Montgomery”: This 2018 nominee finally received recognition for his decades of solid songcraft and heartfelt performances.
Procol Harum, “Conquistador”: Just for “Whiter Shade of Pale” alone they should get the nod, but they went on to record about a half dozen killer albums after that. And live—wow, especially in the early days with guitarist Robin Trower!
Quicksilver Messenger Service, “Fresh Air”: Along with the Dead and the Airplane, QMS defined the San Francisco scene. Give them their due too. Guitarist John Cipollina played like no one else!
Paul Revere and the Raiders, “Good Thing”: With charismatic frontman Mark Lindsay, they released hit after hit: “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Just Like Me” and more.
Cliff Richard and the Shadows, “I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You)”: Richard was Britain’s reigning pre-Beatles solo artist. His backup band the Shadows influenced the Beatles and everyone else in the U.K. They should each have their own place but we’d be happy to see them honored jointly.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 19, 2022.