Please Mr Postman — Disgusted by Rock Hall policies

Frankie Lymon is no ‘joke’

I would like to offer somewhat of a rebuttal to Mr. Michael Engle’s letter concerning the RRHOF. His disappointment that Canned Heat, Deep Purple, Ten Years After or Donovan aren’t in the RRHOF is justified. But, I take exception with his comment about Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers being in the RRHOF and his favorites not being in a “joke.”

For his time frame and genre, Mr. Lymon, like many other doo wop/R&B groups, made quite a meaningful contribution to the music scene of the 1950s. Mr. Lymon and his contemporaries, in several cases, turned out just as many hits as Mr. Engle’s performers, but, sadly, due to blatant racism, most of their music wasn’t heard by the record-buying public.

I agree 100 percent about Donovan; I’m not well-enough versed about the other three to give an intelligent opinion. As we all know, there are so many opinions as to who should be in and who shouldn’t that it is pointless to do anything other than tout our favorites for induction.

I would like to offer an example using Mr. Engle’s thinking: Why are Buffalo Springfield in the RRHOF while Paul Anka, Three Dog Night, Hall & Oates, Neil Diamond, etc. aren’t in? 

Thank you for allowing me to offer my opinion.

— Bob Courtney
Bothell, Wash.

Disgusted by Rock Hall policies

As a 30-year rock radio announcer, I am disgusted by the policies of the alleged Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They have an open bias for acts from the Northeast, many of whom never had real success in their day.

 It took them forever to put Lynyrd Skynyrd in there, and it’s been widely reported that the Dave Clark Five was set to go in one year, when the Rock Hall powers that be decided to wait a year for them and push someone else in instead. Meanwhile, Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith died before his group was inducted.

 I’ve been to both, and the Seattle Music Experience puts the Rock & Roll Hall to shame. Even the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville is a more fair operation than that bunch in Cleveland (which is pretty much run by remote control from New York).

— Mel Myers
via e-mail

Search is over for CCR box set

After searching a long time, I finally found the new 7″ singles box set at a discount price. The quality of the packaging and vinyl is excellent and sounds to me the same as my original CCR 45s. The mixes appear to be identical to those in the CD set. Although both sets are supposed to be mono, except the stereo “45 Revolutions Per Minute” tracks, the track “I Put A Spell On You” has a definite right-channel bias but is not the true stereo version found on LPs and the previously re-issued 45s.

Another anomaly of the sets is that they contain the mono versions of “I Heard it Through The Grapevine” and “Good Golly Miss Molly,” which were originally released in stereo on the 45, Fantasy #759. The mono version of “Grapevine” had only been previously available on the radio-station promotional copies of #759. The song “Good Golly Miss Molly” may be a first-time mono mix here. It is very irritating to listen to in mono because of the multi-track vocal. The 45 RPM set comes with an interesting book, and all the 45s come in custom text or picture sleeves, although most are not the familiar U.S.A. versions. The 45 box set can be purchased directly from Fantasy Records, for the legitimate retail price, or can be found elsewhere, usually for more. As with most of the recent vinyl record releases, they are hard to find and may be a hit or miss through the usual record sources.

— Dan Shay
Fresno, Calif.

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