Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees

On October 03, 2008, Malcolm of "Pop Culture Dish" wrote and posted an excellent piece on the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. He speculated about who would and would not get in and who should and should not get in. To read that story click here.

The nominees were Jeff Beck, Chic, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run DMC, War and Bobby Womack. In response to Malcolm's post I mentioned that although I am a huge fan of War, I did not believe they would get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Bobby Womack. Bobby Womack, who was once a sideman for Sam Cooke, had a very successful solo career, and he is also a native son of Cleveland, which gives him a leg up, so to speak.

I also predicted that Little Anthony and the Imperials and Run DMC would be inducted. I remember Little Anthony and the Imperials being a huge draw, especially for the girls. They were also very entertaining with their dance steps and splits. You know the kind of guy that the girls want to be with and the boys want to be :-) Run DMC influenced a generation of hip hoppers, enough said!

Anyhow, the dust has settled and here are the 2009 inductees; drum roll please!

Performer Inductees:

Jeff Beck

Little Anthony & the Imperials



Bobby Womack

Early Influence:

Wanda Jackson

Sideman Category:

Bill Black

DJ Fontana

Spooner Oldham

Of course I am a fan of War and Chic. I spent many a night in the disco during my misspent youth, and while I think that War is deserving, Chic as a group is not. I do have a feeling that down the line Nile Rodgers (Chic's guitar player) will be given consideration. Have a look at the inductees biographies and tell me what do you think about this year's inductees. While you ponder that thought enjoy a medley by Little Anthony & the Imperials.


clnmike said...

Not surprised by these selections at all except for Little Anthony, I dont think I am familiar with their work?

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