Goldmine’s Hall of Fame Inductees – Volume 63

This is the 63rd set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.

Goldmine will be announcing 5 inductees approximately every three weeks until all 700-plus inductees are announced. Bios of all selections and criteria for induction can be found on our website by clicking the Goldmine Hall of Fame tab. A running list of all announced inductees will be listed, also. These also can be found under “Great Blogs Of Fire” at the bottom of the page or by following this link – http://www.goldminemag.com/blogs/goldmine-hall-of-fame-inductees

A27(521X)541. ERIC CARMEN & THE RASPBERRIES

“Power Pop” describes many artists, but almost every list of “Power Pop” leaders features three bands at or near the top – Cheap Trick, already inducted into Goldmine’s Hall of Fame, Badfinger and this inductee, Cleveland’s Raspberries, whose point total received a solid boost from the solo success of its co-leader Eric Carmen.

The Raspberries could sound just like the Beatles, just like the Who, just like the Beachboys, just like Rod Stewart, but most of all just like the Raspberries. From its eponymous debut album in 1972, the group unleashed “Go All The Way,” which soared to #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and equaled that peak in Canada. The LP reached #51 in the U.S., a more than respectable showing for a new band. But it took the second LP, “Fresh,” to bring out the power in the group’s sound, the leadoff single “I Wanna Be With You” reminding listeners of Paul McCartney at his rockingest while Jimmy Ienner’s production threatened car stereo speakers everywhere. A top 10 entry in Cash Box and Record World, the single also reached top 20 status in Billboard and Canada. A change of pace, “Let’s Pretend,” also proved a hit single from that long-player, which climbed to U.S. #36.

“Side 3” yielded two of the group’s most energetic efforts, “Tonight,” later covered by Motley Crue, and “Ecstacy.” But the usual in-group bickering was coming to a head and by the time the LP was released the rhythm section of Dave Smalley (bass) and Jim Bonfanti (drums) was gone. Carmen and co-founder Wally Bryson continued with newcomers Scott McCarl and Michael McBride, the result being the aptly titled LP “Starting Over,” which didn’t garner much chart action in spite of the single, “Hit Record,” which reached U.S. #18, and the band dissolved.

Ironically, Carmen’s first solo single, the ballad also aptly titled “All By Myself,” outdid the group’s efforts chartwise, climbing to the top in Cash Box and Record World, while stopping at #2 in Billboard, #3 in Canada and #12 in the U.K. Like the first single, the follow-up, “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again,” borrowed from classical composer Rachmaninoff and, like the first single, proved a huge hit, reaching #1 in Canada and top 10 in all U.S. publications except for Billboard, where it stalled at #11. “She Did It” and “Change Of Heart” continued Carmen’s solo success and in 1987 he returned to the top with “Hungry Eyes,” #4 in Billboard and #6 in Canada, followed by 1988’s “Make Me Lose Control,” which topped the charts in Canada and reached #3 in the U.S.

FGTH542. FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

This Liverpool quintet came up with a surefire formula for great success – give yourself one of the dumbest group names in history, then get your debut single banned in your home country! Supposedly named after a magazine article about Frank Sinatra entitled “Frank Goes Hollywood,” FGTH blazed onto the scene in 1983 and quickly flamed out. But before they disintegrated, the group accomplished feats long-lasting bands didn’t even come close to.

In fact, the impact of the band’s recordings became so significant that as the new millennium dawned, Frankie Goes To Hollywood singles were still entering the U.K. top 10. They became the first group since Gerry & the Pacemakers to place their first three singles atop the U.K. charts and two of those singles stand today in the top 25 on the list of the best-selling U.K. singles of all time. The first was the notorious “Relax,” which producer Trevor Horn, known for The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star” and as a brief replacement for Jon Anderson as the lead singer for Yes, was largely responsible for, replacing the band’s efforts with studio musicians behind lead singer Holly Johnson. After a slow start, it began picking up steam and those with tender ears began listening more closely, resulting in the banning in spite of the single sitting at U.K. #1 for five weeks. It reached #1 across Europe, finished #10 in the U.S. and stands today as the seventh biggest selling single in U.K. history.

The follow-up, “Two Tribes,” also created controversy resulting with editions of the video being banned in certain locales. Once again, Frankie soared to #1 across Europe and topped charts as far away as New Zealand and South Africa. “Two Tribes” stayed #1 in the U.K. for nine weeks, proving so dominant it enabled “Relax” to climb back to #2. This marked the first time one artist held the top two slots since the Beatles. Today, it stands #22 on the list of all-time best selling U.K. singles. A third single, “The Power of Love,” also reached U.K. #1 as did the host LP for the three hits, “Welcome To The Pleasuredome.” The title song broke the group’s string, stalling at U.K. #2, but by the time it was released most probably already owned the album.

The band’s second LP, 1986’s “Liverpool,” couldn’t match the success of the first, but still rose to #5 U.K. and was top 10 in many areas. It also produced two more hits, “Rage Hard,” which topped German charts and climbed to U.K. #4, and “Warriors Of The Wasteland,” which hit #2 in France and #19 U.K. Though the band quickly broke up, its music has endured. “Relax” was re-issued and rose to U.K. #5 in 1993 and a re-issue of “The Power Of Love” entered the U.K. top 10 that same year. It did even better, rising to U.K. #6 in 2000. Re-issues of “Welcome To The Pleasure Dome” and “Two Tribes” also returned to the U.K. top 20 twice each. Today, the group ranks among the best-selling artists of all time in both album and singles categories.

The inductees are: Holly Johnson (lead vocals), Brian Nash (guitar), Mark O’Toole (bass), Peter Gill (drums) and Paul Rutherford (keyboards).

Basie543. COUNT BASIE

This New Jersey keyboardist became one of the few Big Band leaders to maintain  his level of popularity even as the music market became dominated by the onslaught of Rock & Roll. Combining elements of Jazz, Swing, Blues and Pop, Count Basie was one of the industry’s biggest sellers, but his orchestra also served to provide the foundation for many of our greatest vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jackie Wilson and Tony Bennett, to name just a few. In 1958, Down Beat magazine, which inducted Basie into its Hall of Fame in 1958, noted that Basie “has managed to assemble an ensemble that can thrill both the listener who remembers 1938 and the youngster who has never before heard a big band like this.”

Basie had just one single hit, “April In Paris,” after the starting year of our survey (1955), but his presence on the album charts remained solid. In 1963, he combined with Sinatra for the LP simply titled “Sinatra-Basie,” the recording rising to #5 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In 1964, another pairing with Sinatra, “It Might As Well Be Swing,” climbed to #13 and in 1966 he teamed once again with Sinatra on the classic double LP, “Sinatra At The Sands,” which peaked at #9. Also in 1963, his “This Time By Basie! Hits Of the ‘50s and ‘60s” climbed to #19.

Basie received nine Grammy Awards and four of his recordings have been included in the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings of “qualitative or historical significance.” Those include 1937’s “One O’Clock Jump,” 1939’s “Lester Leaps In” and two 1955 efforts, “April In Paris” and “Everyday (I Have The Blues.” Six of his Grammy Awards were in the Jazz genre, with the remaining three in the Pop category. He also received the Grammy Trustees Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to the Down Beat Hall of Fame, Basie has been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Postal Service honored him with a 32-cent stamp in 1996. Now, Basie, who passed away in 1984 at the age of 79, joins the Goldmine Magazine Hall of Fame.

Expose544.  EXPOSE’

The history of popular music is loaded with female trios, from The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters and The Fontane Sisters to The Ronettes, The Supremes and the Dixie Chicks, just to name a few. Included in that group is this trio which comes in at #7 on Billboard’s list of the “Top 10 Girl Groups Of All Time.”

Coming out of Miami, Expose originally consisted of Sandra Casanas, Alejandra Lorenza and Laurie Miller, who recorded a 1985 single, “The Point Of No Return,” which rocketed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Lorenzo was the lead singer, but during the recording of the group’s initial LP all three members were replaced even though the original trio had another dance hit, “Exposed To Love.”

Jeanette Jurado, Ann Curless and Gioia Bruno formed the “new” Expose, and the switch immediately paid dividends as their first single, 1987’s “Come Go With Me,” not only topped dance charts, but also reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. They then re-recorded “The Point Of New Return” and that matched the chart finishes of the previous outing. Before 1987 ended, the initial album, “Exposure,” which would climb to U.S. #16, produced a third hit single, “Let Me Be The One,” which stalled at #2 on the Dance chart, but still reached #7 on the Hot 100. Although the album had accounted for three top 10 singles in 1987, the biggest was yet to come when the ballad “Seasons Change” climbed to #1 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart while becoming their fourth hit in Canada. The group also made inroads in South America with this blockbuster.

The group’s second LP, 1989’s “What You Don’t Know,” climbed to U.S. #33 and provided three more top 10 hits, the title song reaching #8 while also reaching the top 10 in Japan and France, “When I Looked At Him” hitting U.S. #10 and #7 in the Netherlands and “Tell Me Why” climbing to U.S. #9 and #6 in France. In 1993, “I’ll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me” returned Expose to the U.S. top 10 once more, reaching #8 while topping the Adult Contemporary chart. In 1995, “I Specialize in Love,” culled from their “Greatest Hits” collection became another smash, reaching #6 on the Dance chart.

MS545. MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER

Once again, the Goldmine Hall of Fame proves it covers more musical territory than any other as this immensely popular group from Nebraska becomes a Miner with this induction.

The brainstorm of Chip Davis, the co-writer of C.W. McCall’s hit “Convoy,” Mannheim Steamroller has become one of the best-selling artists in the Music business, dominating New Age and Christmas charts the past 31 years. Davis had built a strong following with a series of “Fresh Aire” albums, but his chart breakthrough didn’t occur until 1984’s “Mannheimer Steamroller Christmas” album, which climbed to #110 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, while also proving a New Age hit. This album returned to the best-seller list almost yearly, climbing as high as #50 in 1988.

In 1995, the group hit #3 on the big chart with another Christmas effort, “Christmas In The Aire.” Mannheim Steamroller’s success has not been limited to the Christmas season, however, as its albums have topped the New Age chart 11 times. That includes one effort entitled “Halloween.”

According to Billboard, Mannheim Steamroller has sold nearly 20 million copies of 14 holiday-themed albums since Nielsen’s SoundScan began tracking sales, making Davis, 67, the top-earning Christmas-music artist in the United States. Billboard estimates those sales translate into revenue of $175 million, not including the two Mannheim Steamroller touring groups that travel the country every November and December, a tradition continuing beginning November 10, 2015.

The inductees are: Davis (percussion); Jackson and Amanda Berkey (keyboards); Ron Cooley (guitar & bass) and Arnie Roth (strings).

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