10 more bands snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Phill Marder

Faithful readers of Goldmine know that last year I was assigned the task of compiling a list of 10 bands snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Considering the track record of the Hall of Fame, limiting the list to 10 was nigh impossible. And when I did, the fur started flying as readers pounded me with, “Hey dummy, what about this band…and what about that band?” Then there were the readers who complained some individuals were excluded, one naming Joe Tex, Don Covay, Connie Francis, Freddy Cannon, Len Barry and Pat Boone, all fine suggestions except for the fact none qualify as a “band” or “group,” even allowing for weight gain due to the aging process.

So, this year I get the chance to add 10 more. All 10, as well as many others, were profiled in “Great Blogs Of Fire” last year, and more are still to come. With all on last year’s list ignored – Heart was the only nominee and they didn’t make it – the importance of being on this list is questionable. In fact, considering my track record, group’s should be trying to avoid this list.

Remember, last year’s list included Bon Jovi, The Cars, Chicago, The E-Street Band, The Guess Who, Heart, Kiss, The Moody Blues, Paul Revere & The Raiders and Rush. So don’t gripe if they’re not on this year’s list.

And remember, Grand Funk Railroad was the installment prior to this 2011 recap, so if you missed it, check “Great Blogs of Fire” under blogs. There you’ll also find articles on solo artists – Todd Rundgren, Chubby Checker and more – and several duos – Hall & Oates, America, Pet Shop Boys, etc.

And stay tuned. There’s a good chance your favorite, if not already covered,  will be coming to this blog soon. Or to an even bigger recognition.

Again, in alphabetical order, 10 more bands that should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:


Cheap TrickCHEAP TRICK –

The almost original foursome has been around so long now, their biggest problem is probably being taken for granted.

Another problem may be the band’s lack of success in England, strange as few groups have been as capable of sounding as Beatlesque as Cheap Trick and they have been quite strong in some other European locales, in addition to Japan and the entire Pan Pacific.

Cheap Trick is a rare example of critics and fans agreeing. They get overall good reviews and they sell product and concert tickets as well.

There are bands that should enter the Hall of Fame ahead of Cheap Trick. But there also are some currently enshrined that should have followed them.

The CureTHE CURE –

Robert Smith’s guys were nominated last year, but didn’t make the cut. How close were they? Anyone…anyone??

I’m confident The Cure will get there eventually. Of course, many of us oldtimers are skeptical of anything that came across after 1980. But I try to keep an open ear and I purchased the 1987 disc, “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” apparently doing my part to make it the band’s highest charting (#35) album to that date in the U.S.  It actually was the group’s sixth U.S. charting long player, so we’re not talking overnight wonder here.

The LP turned out to be a favorite of mine, with strong material and excellent musicianship, and the follow-up, “Disintegration,” climbed all the way to No. 12. But it took until 1992 for the band’s biggest hit, “Wish,” which rose to No. 2 and No. 1 in the U.K. All told, The Cure has been one of Britain’s top groups since 1980, placing 11 albums in the Top 10.

Deep PurpleDEEP PURPLE –

The question is, “How many of today’s guitarists cut their teeth on the riff from “Smoke On The Water?” The answer? Anyone?…anyone?

That 1973 classic became Deep Purple’s signature song and their biggest hit, equaling the No. 4 finish of their first big single, “Hush.” Deep Purple also connected for two top 10 singles in the United Kingdom, “Black Night” and “Strange Kind Of Woman.”

But we all know Purple was not a singles band, though they did manage to mix heavy melody content with their hard rock/metal foundation, which earned them recognition as the world’s loudest band. From 1968 until 1993, this remarkably durable congregation smashed its way through several lineups without losing steam, putting five LPs into the U.S. top 20 and 12 into the U.K. top 20, where they topped the charts three times, with “Fireball,” “Machine Head” and “Deepest Purple.”

Def LeppardDEF LEPPARD –

They say a leopard never changes its spots. Why should Def Leppard?

Following the adage, “if it ain ‘t broke, don’t fix it,” this English quintet has remained remarkably consistent in its output, earning recognition from some as the world’s premier heavy metal band, from others as the world’s premier hard rock band and from fans as just an extremely popular and enduring band, no matter the category critics assign them.

From their debut album, “On Through The Night,” which appeared in 1980, to  “Songs From  The Sparkle Lounge,” which kept Def Leppard in the top 10 in 2008, vocalist Joe Elliott and his cohorts have maintained a standard of excellence, resulting in two albums, “Hysteria” and “Adrenalize,” that topped both the U.S. and U.K. charts, plus a No. 2, “Pyromania,” in the U.S.

Perhaps the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will induct them if guitarist Phil Collen promises to wear a shirt?

Duran DuranDURAN DURAN –

No it didn’t reach Elvis or Beatles’ standards, but the fervor generated by England’s “Fab 5” eclipsed most others in Rock history, save, perhaps, The Monkees.

They broke into the big time with 1981’s British hit single, “Planet Earth,” and conquered the U.S. market the following year with “Hungry Like The Wolf.”

With MTV and videos the new fad, Duran Duran quickly swept the globe. Was it their music or just their good looks? Video made them giants, but time proved they had the musical chops to justify the popularity. In the U.S., Duran Duran gave us 13 top 20 singles and eight top 20 LPs and they did even better in their U.K. homeland, charting 13 top 20 LPs and 22 Top 20 singles.

They are currently on tour supporting last year’s hit album, “All You Need Is Now.”


The must be inducted member is Jeff Lynne, thanks to his work with The Move and The Traveling Wilburys, his success as a songwriter and his accomplishments as a producer.

But since the R&R Hall of Fame has ignored him thus far and seems to have an aversion  toward progressive rock groups, let’s go for Lynne’s crowning achievement – ELO, one of the most accomplished and popular groups of the ’70s and early ’80s.

Trendsetters, with a full-time, three-member string section, ELO dominated the radio waves and best-seller charts from 1972 until 1986, with five of their LPs and seven singles reaching the Top 10.

ForeignerFOREIGNER –

Probably too popular for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Even though they recorded for Atlantic, even though they had No. 1 albums and singles on both sides of the Atlantic…Ocean, that is… and even though they rocked as hard as any band since the ’70s, Foreigner cannot get a nod.

If they’re being ignored because of their monster ballads, someone should make “Urgent,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Break It Up,” among others, required listening for the Rock Hall’s nominating committee.

Gerry & The Pacemakers


When I wrote this segment last year, it also included Herman’s Hermits, but Peter Noone, apparently disturbed by my summary of the Hermits, responded by writing, “I don’t want to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” and suggested I put my efforts into getting Gerry & the boys inducted in addition to another somewhat childish suggestion.

Talk about ego.

I suppose it never occurred to Noone that maybe the surviving Hermits or the families of anyone not still with us may want the honor and recognition for their work. Judging from his comment, Noone apparently doesn’t think The Hermits was a group effort. But the article suggested Herman’s Hermits should be in the Hall of Fame, not Peter Noone should be in the Hall of Fame.

This section also included Manfred Mann, The Searchers, The Troggs and The Zombies, and I still think all six rate induction, but since I’m just picking one, Gerry & The Pacemakers get the edge, though the Hermits did have the most hits.

Why the Pacemakers before the Hermits? Overall, the groups were close. But the difference between the frontmen, Gerry Marsden and Noone, gives the Pacemakers the edge.

Marsden was not the most prolific writer, but when he did write he penned some of the best songs to come out of the British Invasion, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying ” and “Ferry Across The Mersey” being the most memorable. Noone sang almost all cover material. Marsden played guitar, Noone played the crowd. And, though Noone’s vocal efforts were pleasant enough on lighter fare, Marsden was much better overall and thus much more versatile.

Jethro TullJETHRO TULL –

It’s almost impossible to take the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame seriously when bands such as Jethro Tull have yet to be inducted.

Led by Ian Anderson, who resembled a crane when stationary and a “Dancing With The Stars” version of Joe Cocker when on the move, Tull was a completely unique band. I mean, Anderson played flute and they were named after the inventor of a seed drill. C’mon.

But even with little success producing hits, Tull dominated album charts for well over 20 years and rarely failed to sell out personal appearances. In 1972 and 1973, they produced albums that topped the U.S. charts, “Thick As A Brick” and “A Passion Play.” 1974’s “War Child” just missed, stopping at No. 2, and four others, “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Minstrel In The Gallery” and “Songs From The Wood” cracked the top 10. They reached similar heights in their homeland.

The MonkeesTHE MONKEES –

No group I pitched for last year drew anywhere near the response garnered by fan favorites, The Monkees.

So what did the R&R HOF do? Ignored The Monkees and inducted Don Kirshner instead. No fear, Monkee fans…Goldmine backs The Monkees 100 percent, even though they canceled the end of last year’s tour, rendering my tickets useless.

The arguments are just as useless. The R&R HOF is aware of how many records the group sold, how many concerts it sold out, how popular and innovative the TV series was, and how meaningless is the complaint of the group not playing on their earliest recordings.

Most of the artists in the “Great Blogs Of Fire” series point out just how out of touch the R&R Hall of Fame is with the public. Perhaps none more than The Monkees.

The SmithsTHE SMITHS –

The Brits always seem to be more open to extremes than those in the States, one example being the United Kingdom’s embracing of The Smiths, a group for the most part ignored in the U.S. At least comparatively speaking.

Without a hit single in the colonies, The Smiths still managed to chart seven LPs, though none ranked stronger than #55 in spite of critical acclaim here. However, in the British Isles, where the group was revered, 18 singles hit the top 30 and 17 albums cracked the top 40, including two that topped the charts and five that hit #2.

Controversial lead singer Morrissey also has achieved great success on both sides of the Atlantic as a solo artist.

Either the Brits know something the Americans don’t, or they have extremely poor taste. As a fan of The Smiths and Morrissey, I’d lean toward the former.

Tommy James & The ShondellsTOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS –

Last year Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They had three top 10 hits, one being the No. 7 “Crimson & Clover.” The source of the much superior original, Tommy James & the Shondells, has yet to be recognized.

The Shondells’ “Crimson & Clover” topped the charts in 1969. Two other James top 5 hits, “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony Mony,” hit No. 1 on remakes, the former by Tiffany, the latter by Billy Idol.

In total, this group produced eight Top 10 hits, including the No. 1 “Hanky Panky,” the No. 2 “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and the No. 4 solo smash by James, “Draggin’ The Line.”

And, perhaps more importantly, they did it all on Roulette Records and managed to stay alive, too. Speaking of alive, James still tours with a group of Shondells, rocking harder than ever.

YesYES –

The blog, “Great Blogs Of Fire,” already has documented the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s apparent disdain for Progressive Rock.

No Moody Blues, no Rush, no Jethro Tull, no Electric Light Orchestra, no sense.

And the neglect has stretched even to Atlantic Records, of which almost everyone involved in the company currently is inducted save two of the label’s most successful recording acts – King Crimson and Yes, coincidentally both giants of Progressive Rock.

We haven’t gotten around to King Crimson…yet. But we did profile Yes last year, and there’s no question they belong in the Hall of Fame. With just two major hit singles, “Roundabout” and the No. 1 “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” Yes still managed to become one of the world’s best-selling groups and one of Rock’s largest concert draws.

Almost every one of their long-players hit the top 10 in the United Kingdom and seven reached the top 10 in the states. That success has been duplicated around the globe.

Yes has been eligible 17 years without a nomination. Memorandum to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee and voting members – It is no crime to be an instrumental virtuoso.

I know, I know…It’s a baker’s dozen, not 10. Shhhhhhhhhh.

And remember, there’s more to come in 2012. So keep reading…and writing.

40 thoughts on “10 more bands snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

  1. MC5
    Huey Smith & The Clowns
    John Mayall (I know – don’t nitpick)
    Iron Butterfly (yes THAT’s why)
    Rick Hall (FAME studios)
    Leiber & Stoller

  2. Listen:
    Jeff Lynne doesn’t need to be in the RARHOF. He has the approval of his peers (Grammys, Ivor Novello, ASCAP) and fans (record sales, concert receipts) … whose approval you need to get in RARHOF? Jann Wenner’s posse of rock critics. Who needs it and who cares? The Sex Pistols had it right along.
    Until the induction process is pried away from the Wenner’s weiners, it’s not an honor, it’s ridiculous and a waste of time, a cup of warm spit.
    You want fair? Why not establish a fan nominated HOF?
    Check out the Hit Parade Hall of Fame

  3. Does it matter? I like it when a group I like makes it to the HOF. But the bottom line is I don’t really care about it that much, and it doesn’t bother me that groups I like aren’t in there.

    There are so many “awards” and “honors” being given out I think they’ve become fairly meaningless.

  4. What the heck the monkees are way better than most the bands that has already been nominated or inducted in the hall of fame. the monkees has been around longer than Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi got inducted. Seriously who ever is responsible for picking the same bands to be inducted in the hall of fame over and over and not inducting the monkees, Deep Purple and quite a few other good bands that worked so hard to get in and deserves it obviously the person picking has no taste or no common sense to think about all this instead they pick bands that hasnt been around long or bands that suck.
    Bon Jovi has not been inducted

  5. I dont need the Monkees to be in RR HOF.. They have created a fan base that goes back to 3, entering 4, generations… That speaks VOLUMES of their talent and contribution.. Whoever doesnt “get it” is THEIR loss, not ours.


  7. The Monkees will never get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as long as Rolling Stone Publisher Jann Wenner has control of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He despises The Monkees and takes great pleasure in denying their entrance. It’s a shame because all 4 Monkees are alive and well and it would be nice that they get their recognition while all of them are with us.

  8. I love it when someone else sees Peter Noone for the childish person he is. He has his Noonatics who will do anything for him, and comes across on stage as such a pleasant bloke … but there is a very ugly side of him that frequently comes out when he does not like things. So, induct the Hermits and not “Herman”

  9. I don’t consider that there are too many things in life – or in pop culture, let’s say – that are inexplicable, but the selection of Rock Hall inductees is about the biggest. My picks continue to be Chicago, The Guess Who and The Moody Blues, and as long as they’ve been mentioned above, The Zombies. No objective fan of rock since the sixties can deny that all of these guys qualify. I did wonder once to a friend of mine, however – do you suppose that it’s because (excluding The Zombies) they all had a flute player? Nah – it must be some other unspoken bias on the part of the puppeteer (JW).

  10. Cheap Trick is the hardest working rock band I’ve ever seen. Over 5,000 live shows played. You would think the hall would elect the boys from Rockford, if for no other reason than “Cheap Trick At Budokan” is the BEST live album ever and always will be.

  11. Bands that have to be in the HOF include:

    Judas Priest (pretty much invented heavy metal)

  12. Pearl Jam?
    Pull the head out of your a## RRHF voters
    Pearl Jam, Radiohead & Nirvana are not yet eligible. Nirvana will be eligible this coming year & I’m sure the HOF will get that one right the first time.

  13. You mentioned many bands I agree with, along with Jimmy Buffett, Warren Zevon, and Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). But to me, the Rock Hall lost all credibility when Abba goes in before any of those bands. I don’t really pay attention anymore….it’s the Pop Hall now.

  14. Why do people never mention the Marshall Tucker Band?? As a live act they were great with Doug Grey on vocals and the thundering thumb of Toy Caldwell on lead.
    You’ll find a lengthy piece on the Marshall Tucker Band in the February 2012 print issue of Goldmine

  15. Anybody who is a fan of Three Dog Night understands why they deserve to be in. During the singles era, who had more during the late 60s & 70s? Great band that is still on tour with 4 of the originals. Even without the third singer, Danny and Cory carry on with Mike and Jimmy and put on power packed shows. When you leave their shows, you know you’ve just seen one of the greatest bands ever. Three Dog Night belongs in the HOF!!!

  16. The fans need more voice in the process. The fans made rock and roll, not critics. Tommy James and Cicago made great enduring rock music. Their credentials are much better than many current members.

  17. I’ve seen Cheap Trick live four times. Twice, I won tickets to see them through radio contests in the 70s. Once, a boyfriend took me to see “his favorite band,” who was Cheap Trick. Once, they happened to be playing at a club I went to in Dallas with some friends, so I actually paid to see them. I just about laughed my keister off when I saw that they were the act performing that night.

    Every time I saw them, they rocked the m’f’n house. They sound incredible live, much better than their albums, and they have so much energy that it’s scary.

    I’d pay to see them again a billion times over. And I don’t say that about many bands.

    I’d put them up there with Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Stabbing Westward (hey–they were great!) for the best bands I ever saw live, and I’ve been going to concerts for (gulp) 40 years now.

  18. Jethro Tull and The Moody Blues haven’t been inducted?


    I think I heard Thick As a Brick only, oh, 82,437 times between the time it came out and 1977. If you opened up an 8 track case in the 70s, you would have found that in 8 out of 10 of them. I don’t know why that particular album was so popular. Maybe because it was cool to get high to. Or maybe because it was sort of one song from start to finish, so it was good for making out in the backseat of souped up Chevelles.

    Tough to say.

    I can’t believe a band that pulled off Days of the Future Passed also isn’t in the HoF, either. I mean, that’s only one of the seminal albums of all time, and The Moody Blues are only one of the early pioneers of progressive rock!

    Or maybe I’m biased, because Seventh Sojourn was my very first album, when I was a mere pup of 11. I played that album for three whole days after getting it for my birthday. I just pulled back the arm on my turntable at night (the phonographic repeat!), and let it play over and over. I drove my mother INSANE with that album! I still listen to it that way sometimes. Just over and over and over. I still love it, all these years later, and that was, what 27 years ago now?

    Any group that could put out an album you can listen to that way for 27 years is a great band.

    Pah! Put The Moody Blues in the R&RHoF! They belong there more than those idiot in Abba!

  19. Let’s not forget Vanilla Fudge, Roy Buchanan, Iron Butterfly and Lonnie Mack.Let’s not forget Roy Buchanan & Lonnie Mack are not bands !! (I think)- Phill

  20. Has it occured to anyone that the RARHOF is a crock? How could you possibley exclude all these bands (OK, I’m a Tull fan) and still claim any type of credibility? It has none at all, and is just a nice little memorabilia collection. Just like in my living room, except bigger but without any Jethro Tull.
    Lowey – Yes it has, That’s why we’ve started the Goldmine Rock Era Hall of Fame which you can access by clicking the tab at the top of the page. 10 new inductees will be added every two weeks. Hopefully, we’ll get all your favorites included – Phill

    Mike – Keep an eye on the Goldmine Rock Era Hall of Fame – Phill

  22. I havent followed who IS and isnt inducted but the mere fact that AC/DC DID get in pretty much tells us what we’re dealing with here

    Sort of like the Miss Universe contest where Miss Israel wins after the Entebbe Uganda raid Miss USA during the Iran hostage crisis and Miss Afghanistan after we liberated THAT country form the Taliban (who we propped up in the First place..DUH)

    Foreigner is mindless sexism and I am a Jewish American straight DUDE

  23. Steppenwolf
    E-Street Band
    Nick Lowe
    Dave Edmunds
    Graham Parker (solo)
    Graham Parker & The Rumour

  24. it should be illegal to deny duran duran a place in the hall of fame. One of the biggest bands of the 80s and the guys who made music videos what they are today. definite innovators of music. just crazy that they arent in there

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