This is the 67th set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
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561. ALICE IN CHAINS
This quartet from Seattle recently became eligible, its first album coming out just over 25 years ago. Being from Seattle during the Nirvana craze, Alice In Chains immediately was dumped into the “grunge” basket, but today the band also is considered one of “heavy metal’s” favorites, though many acoustic influences are present.
Today, Alice In Chains ranks in the top 50% of all album sellers worldwide in spite of never having a hit single on Billboard’s Hot 100. Instead, Alice In Chains hit it big on Billboard’s Alternative and Mainstream charts, four singles hitting the Alternative top 10, highlighted by 2009’s “Check My Brain,” which hit #1. It also hit #1 on the Mainstream chart, which measures airplay. On that list, the band posted 16 top 10 singles, 1994’s “No Excuses,” 2009’s “Your Decision,” 2012’s “Hollow” and 2013’s “Stone” also reaching #1.
After its debut album hit #42, Alice In Chains deposited five long-players onto the Billboard Top 200 LP chart’s top 10, including 1995’s eponymous LP which topped the chart and 2013’s “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” which climbed to #2. The band also achieved a rarity with the 1994 EP, “Jar of Flies,” which topped the album chart. Nine times Alice In Chains has been nominated for a Grammy award, eight coming in the Best Hard Rock Performance category.
Over the years, there have been just six members, all receiving induction. In 2002, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Layne Staley passed away and bassist Mike Starr died in 2011. Staley was replaced by William DuVall in 2006, Mike Inez taking over for Starr in 1993. Lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney have been with the band from its inception.
562. PEACHES & HERB
In July 2013, Entertainment Weekly ran a special issue listing its top 100 movies, novels, TV shows and record albums. An impossible task guaranteed to please no one, but sure to stir interest and conversation, obviously the main objectives of such an effort. The magazine included sidebars such as “Best Duets” in the music category. At #8 was this inductee’s smash 1979 release “Reunited,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 four weeks and was ranked #13 in that magazine’s 2011 article, “The 40 Best Duets Of All Time.”
With Herb Feemster (Herb Fame) a constant, Peaches & Herb became known as “The Sweethearts of Soul,” the role of Peaches being filled by more than a handful of talented ladies. “Reunited” was applicable to the duo, being its second phase of success. In the first, Fame and Francine Barker, whose real nickname was Peaches, could have been dubbed “The Sweethearts of Remakes” as they released five major hit singles in 1966 and 1967, the first four being remakes of former hits. For the first hit, “Let’s Fall In Love,” the duo reached back to 1934 to redo Eddy Duchin’s #1 hit. As is sometimes the case, the recording was an accidental hit, released as a B-side that eventually saw the light of day. It climbed to #21 and got the pair on its way in the U.S. and Canada, where it did even better, landing at #12.
The next effort, “Close Your Eyes,” had climbed to Rhythm & Blues #8 when released by The Five Keys in 1955. Written by Goldmine Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Willis, Fame and Barker took it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 in Canada in 1967. Next, Peaches & Herb applied their magic to “For Your Love,” a #13 smash for Ed Townsend in 1958. The remake reached U.S. #20 and Canada #28. Still in 1967, P&H took on the Mickey & Sylvia classic that hit #1 R&B 10 years earlier, “Love Is Strange” going all the way to #3 in Canada and #13 U.S. The year – and the duo’s chart dominance – concluded when “Two Little Kids,” written by Barbara Acklin, also climbed to #3 in Canada, but stalled at U.S. #31.
When subsequent efforts failed to match the pair’s earlier success, Fame retired. But in 1978, he returned with a new “Peaches,” Linda Greene (spelled Green in some sources) and “Shake Your Groove Thing” paved the way for a monstrous comeback, the disco smash soaring to U.S. #5 in early 1979 while establishing the pair across Europe and in South America. The following “Reunited” made the comeback complete, topping charts in the U.S., Canada, Holland and Belgium. In 1980, the duo’s chart run concluded with “I Pledge My Love,” which reached #1 in New Zealand and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
563. MOTT THE HOOPLE
For a band with just one minor hit in the U.S., one the group didn’t even write to boot, this English band certainly became well known. Well known enough to be namechecked in two famous songs, Reunion’s “Life Is A Rock, (But The Radio Rolled Me),” which starts “B. Bumble & the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers” and R.E.M.’s “Man On The Moon,” which starts “Mott the Hoople and the game of life, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.” Of course, Michael Stipe’s cryptic reference may have more to do with the 1966 novel by Willard Manus than this band which took its name from that work.
No matter, Mott the Hoople, led by vocalist Ian Hunter, is remembered fondly for more than just its goofy, but catchy moniker. After a steady series of chart flops, Mott the Hoople was about to chuck it all when David Bowie, a rather important admirer, offered the group one of his compositions – “Suffragette City.” The band turned it down, perhaps explaining why success had to that point proved elusive. Undaunted, Bowie offered another, “All The Young Dudes.” Though it reached just #37 in the U.S., becoming Mott’s lone top 40 achievement in the States, the 1972 release went on to become one of the decade’s great anthems, forever etching Mott the Hoople’s unique name in the (pardon the expression) record books. The single did much better in the band’s homeland, soaring to #3 with the ensuing LP of the same name climbing to #21.
While the group did achieve three top 40 LPs in the U.S. with subsequent releases, that success easily was eclipsed in the U.K. as Mott the Hoople posted four more top 20 singles, including two top 10 entries, the #10 “All The Way From Memphis” and the #8 “Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll.” The 1973 LP “Mott” entered the U.K. top 10 and rose to #7 in 1973 and the next year “The Hoople” just missed, peaking at #11.
The inductees are Hunter (keyboards), Mick Ralphs (guitar), Verden Allen and Morgan Fisher (keyboards), Pete Watts (bass) and Dale Griffin (drums).
564. JUICE NEWTON
This New Jersey vocalist took a while to get started, but once she did she became a mainstay on the U.S. Country and Adult Contemporary charts as well as a force to be reckoned with on the Billboard Hot 100.
Juice Newton had released a series of moderately successful Country singles when she finally had her first big smash at the age of 29. “Angel of the Morning” had reached #7 in 1968 when done by Merrilee Rush. But Newton’s version of the oft-recorded tune written by Chip Taylor, the author of “Wild Thing” and the brother of John Voight, which also makes him Angelina Jolie’s uncle, proved the most successful. Newton’s take climbed to #4 on The Hot 100, #1 in Canada and #2 in Australia. Her follow-up, “Queen of Hearts,” spent two weeks at #2 on The Hot 100 after a long climb up the chart. It was kept from the #1 position by the duet “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie.
Though neither single reached the top 10 on the U.S. Country chart, Newton’s final hit of 1981 did, “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” topping not only the Country lists in the U.S. and Canada, but also reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary list in both countries. It also became Newton’s third straight top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100, climbing to #7. Newton continued her top 10 run in 1982, when “Love’s Been A Little Hard On Me” equaled the success of its predecessor, peaking at U.S. #7.
Her string was snapped when her remake of “Break It To Me Gently,” a #4 hit for Brenda Lee, just missed the top 10, stalling at U.S. #11. It did, however, reach #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts in the U.S. and Canada and climbed to #2 on the Country charts of both countries. She finished 1982 with “Heart Of The Night,” which also hit the AC top 10 in both nations.
In 1985, “You Make Me Want To Make You Mine” topped Country charts in the U.S. and Canada, beginning a streak that saw six straight releases and seven of eight reach the Country top 10 on both sides of the North American border, “Hurt” and “Both To Each Other (Friends and Lovers),” a duet with Goldmine Hall of Famer Eddie Rabbit, both reaching the top spot.
565. BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
The cowbell has been used as a rhythm instrument on many hit records, “Susie Q” by Dale Hawkins, Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” “Honky Tonk Woman” by the Stones, “Low Rider” by War, “Time Has Come Today” by the Chambers Brothers and “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles being just a small sample. But the most famous use of the cowbell came when this New York band’s biggest hit, 1976’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” became the focal point of one of Saturday Night Live’s most famous skits in 2000.
With Christopher Walken producing a recording session of the hit demanding “more cowbell” from Will Ferrell, Blue Öyster Cult’s classic reached mythical proportions, becoming instantly connected to the rhythm tool for all time. Today, it’s almost as difficult to hear the word “cowbell” without thinking of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” as it is to hear “The William Tell Overture” without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
Such notoriety can be a double-edged sword for sure, but the hit, which reached #7 in Canada, #12 in the U.S. and #16 in the U.K., just pushed BOC onto another level. The group had three previous chart LPs in the U.S., but was never a singles band and Blue Öyster Cult only reached the U.S. top 40 one more time, that with 1981’s “Burnin’ For You.” However, that single topped the U.S. Rock chart, a listing that welcomed the band six more times, including 1986’s #9 “Dancin’ In The Ruins.” Meanwhile, the quintet proved a steady resident of the Billboard Top 200 LP chart, placing 11 entries on that list, eight reaching the top 50. Similar success worldwide, particularly in the U.K. and Canada, moved BOC into the list of top album sellers worldwide.
Like many bands, BOC has had a slew of members, but those responsible for the bulk of the group’s success, and the Goldmine Hall of Fame inductees, are Donald Roeser (aka Buck Dharma) (guitar), Eric Bloom (lead vocals & guitar), Joe Bouchard (bass), Allen Lanier (keyboards), Albert Bouchard & Rick Downey (drums).