Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 13

Actually, we’ll do ten today, to get things finished. Again, the bands or artists and the text below are from BestClassicBands.com.

  1. Sir Douglas Quintet, “She’s About A Mover”: The Texas band that revolved around singer-guitarist Doug Sahm had only a few hits but their impact on the Americana movement was felt long after their chart reign ended.

  2. The Spinners, “I’ll Be Around”: They’ve been around since the ’50s and had major hits (“Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around”) in the ’70s that still get airplay. It’s time, Hall of Fame!

  3. Squeeze, “Cool For Cats”: Fronted by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, they turned out one classic pop-rock gem after another, including such great tunes as “Cool for Cats” and “Tempted.”

  4. Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride”: Yes, the band behind “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride” is still on the outs. What’s up with that?

  5. Television, “Prove It”: Most of the other big NYC punk-era bands are in but Television predated all of them. Highly influential but someone forgot to tell the Hall.

  6. Ten Years After, “I’m Goin’ Home”: Did you ever see the Woodstock movie? Remember watching Alvin Lee shred? That was just a taste.

  7. Joe Tex, “I Gotcha”: Another super soulman of the ’60s who has been unjustly forgotten.

  8. Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town”: The Irish rockers led by the late Phil Lynott were a whole lot of fun to watch and kicked ass live. “The Boys Are Back in Town” indeed.

  9. Rufus Thomas, “Walkin’ The Dog”: From the Stax Records stable that gave us Otis Redding and Booker T. and the MG’s, but he actually began his career in Memphis long before. An R&B giant.

  10. Three Dog Night, “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”: If we judge Hall of Fame nominees by the impact they had in their own time, then Three Dog Night deserves a look. Hit after hit after hit.

And that’s Five For Friday for July 1, 2022.

Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 12

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.

  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.

Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 10

Part 10 of BestClassicBands.com‘s list of 100 acts that should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame but aren’t includes a couple of glam rockers, a country legend, a hard rock trio (plus a singer) and one of rock’s finest songwriters.

  1. Mott the Hoople, “All The Way From Memphis”: Just for the fact that they gave us the brilliant Ian Hunter, they belong in. Mott was more than glam; they rocked big-time.
  2. Mountain, “Mississippi Queen”: Leslie West and company took hard rock to the next level. “Mississippi Queen,” of course, but there was a lot more going on there.
  3. Willie Nelson, “On The Road Again”: While he is, of course, one of our top country artists, his impact on rock is measurable (he co-created Farm Aid with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, for example).
  4. New York Dolls, “Personality Crisis”: Seriously, the Dolls are not in? Yes, their whole glam style thing was over the top, but they rocked like crazy and were a major influence on the punk scene.
  5. Harry Nilsson, “Jump Into The Fire”: There are still many important singer-songwriters still on the outs, but it’s simply criminal that Nilsson has been ignored. He was loved by the Beatles and just about everyone else.

That’s Five For Friday for June 17, 2022.

Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 9

Part 9 of my series on bands and artists that should be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but aren’t, for some bizarre reason. From BestClassicBands.com, who did all the heavy lifting; I just built the playlist.

  1. John Mayall, “Room To Move”: He’s the father of British blues — Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor all came out of his bands.

  2. MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (NSFW): These wild Detroit rockers bucked convention in the late ’60s, mixing hard rock and revolutionary rhetoric — inspiring countless punk bands.

  3. Meat Loaf, “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”: Larger than life in several ways, his Bat Out of Hell collaborations with Jim Steinman have persevered as classic rock staples.

  4. The Meters, “Stormy”: They are nothing less than the quintessential New Orleans funk/R&B band. That makes them pretty important, no?

  5. The Monkees, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”: Enough with the “didn’t play their own instruments” excuse. Their records were some of the finest pop-rock of the era, and their influence on the rock video medium was incalculable.

Part 10 next Friday. That’s Five For Friday, June 10, 2022.

Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 7

Once again, going through the list of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame omissions, according to BestClassicBands.com. The observations are theirs, as are the artist choices; I chose the songs.

  1. Herman’s Hermits, “I’m Into Something Good”: They weren’t popular only because singer Peter Noone was “cute.” They also made many durable pop hits.
  2. John Hiatt, “Slow Turning”: A consistently excellent singer-songwriter, he’s got a rich catalog of songs that have been covered by everyone from Dylan to Ronstadt to Clapton.
  3. Humble Pie, “Black Coffee”: Steve Marriott is already in with Small Faces but his second great band is equally deserving. These guys seriously rocked.
  4. Iron Maiden, “Flight Of Icarus”: One of the most successful and accessible metal bands of all-time, with tens of millions of album sales—and thousands of live shows—to their name, they’re still going strong after four decades.
  5. Tommy James and the Shondells, “Crystal Blue Persuasion”: “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and, of course, “Hanky Panky.” So many hits, all very diverse.

We’ll do Part 8 this Monday and Part 9 next Friday. That’s Five for Friday for June 3, 2022.