Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 12

Part 12 of’s list of bands they feel should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but aren’t. Their words are below.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

13 thoughts on “Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 12

  1. Just like Monday, I am gobsmacked that most are not in there already like Ross but also mitch Ryder and Johnny Rivers. How can Britney Spears ( icchhh) be in there bit not these artists. By the way, I love the TV Show Secret Agent. It’s so good.


    1. Mary and I are big Patrick McGoohan fans from all his appearances on “Columbo.” I liked “Secret Agent” (originally “Danger Man”) and “The Prisoner,” the latter more than the former because it was so strange.

      Mary and I saw Johnny Rivers and Roy Orbison (they didn’t play together, but were on the same bill) at the Chicago Theater before we moved south. Johnny’s a fantastic guitar player and singer and another one of those guys who’s just a great entertainer. And Mitch Ryder was the quintessential Detroit rocker. They both belong, and have belonged for years…


  2. It’s hard to believe Johnny Rivers is not in the Hall of Fame….he had some great singles. I have played Secret Agent Man more times than I can remember.


      1. I played it while I played bass (which is fun) and also guitar. My favorites by him is probably Summer Rain and Slow Dancing.


          1. Poor Side of Town…I absolutely love that simple riff…it shows you don’t have to think up some elaborate riff to be effective.

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