Goldmine readers get their say in Vocal Group Hall balloting

Goldmine readers will again have a big say in which groups are members of the 2006 induction class at the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Voting for this year?s class continues through Dec. 31, and 30 percent of the vote will be determined by Goldmine readers. The ballot is included as an insert in this issue.

Voting by the Hall of Fame Induction Committee will carry 35 percent of the weight of the total vote, with already-inducted artists accounting for another 30 percent. The general public?s vote will make up the final 5 percent. Voting is currently being conducted online at the VGHF?s Web site: www.VocalGroup.org.

More than 100 acts are on the ballot and eligible for election this year. Three acts will be chosen from the 1950s, six from the 1960s, three from the 1970s and one from the 1980s. In addition, one duo act will also be enshrined.

A date, time and place for the awards ceremony have not been announced.
?It?ll be a huge three-day celebration,? said Induction Committee Chairman Greg Loescher. ?There is one night of inductions and then two nights of concerts. It?s just amazing because a lot of these groups haven?t sung together in decades, and they never miss a beat. The neat thing is a lot of the inductees were influenced by other inductees or looked up to them. It?s really an opportunity for vocal group members to be fans.?

Members of last year?s Hall of Fame class included Fleetwood Mac, The Chiffons, The Rascals, the Pointer Sisters, the Neville Brothers and others. The Righteous Brothers were the second duo inducted.

This year?s ballot includes plenty of big names: Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Peaches & Herb, Jan & Dean, Hall & Oats, The Lovin? Spoonful, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, America, Queen, The Osmonds, Kool & The Gang, Bread, Dawn (featuring Tony Orland) and many more.

?This year one of my all-time favorite groups, the Byrds, is up for nomination, so I?ll be voting for sure,? said Loescher. ?I?m sure Goldmine readers will find many of their favorites on the ballot, or already inducted.
?It?s always such an honor to be able to vote for the Hall of Fame because so many of these groups I?ve enjoyed over the years. Unlike the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the general public gets to vote, and Goldmine readers? votes count a lot more than the general public.?

About 400 artists have already been inducted into the VCHF in the past eight years.

?The Vocal Group Hall of Fame puts a lot of trust

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