Part 12 of BestClassicBands.com’s list of bands they feel should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but aren’t. Their words are below.
- Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man”: No one reimagined others’ songs as deliciously: “Memphis,” “Secret Agent Man,” “Baby I Need Your Lovin’,” “Summer Rain.” He was a constant presence on the charts for years and still performs today.
- Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”: As if she hadn’t already broken enough ground with the Supremes, Ross then went on to have a huge solo career, with #1 hits like “Upside Down” and “Touch Me in the Morning.”
- Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, “Devil With The Blue Dress On”: Rockin’ blue-eyed soul at its finest. “Devil With a Blue Dress On” alone makes him worthy.
- Boz Scaggs, “We’re All Alone”: The guitarist and singer brought classy stylishness, and a jazzy elegance, to the Bay Area music scene in the ’70s, then expanded beyond that with first-rate albums like Silk Degrees.
- The Shangri-Las, “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”: They were the toughest of the ’60s girl groups, and their hits like “Leader of the Pack” reflected the angst of growing up teenage and female in their era.
And that’s Five For Friday for June 24, 2022.