This is the 69th set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
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571. DWIGHT YOAKAM
From his 1986 debut, a cover of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man” that climbed to #3 on the U.S. Country chart and #1 on the same chart in Canada, Kentucky’s Dwight Yoakam has rocked Country fans and countrified Rock aficionados. “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” the parent LP of his first hit, which became the first Country Music video featured on MTV, also featured covers of Guy Mitchell’s “Heartaches By The Number” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” each done in a style that saw Yoakam sharing stages with the likes of Husker Du and The Blasters.
While most of his material is self-penned, Yoakam also has covered Elvis’ “Little Sister” and “Suspicious Minds,” Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together,” Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me,” and shared writing credits with Billy Gibbons and Mick Jagger. In 1997, he recorded an entire album of remakes covering Roy Orbison, The Clash, The Stones, The Beatles, The Kinks, Motown, Sonny & Cher and others. Like most of his LPs, it reached the Top 10 on Country charts in both the U.S. and Canada and also scored well on the mainstream charts of both countries.
In total, Yoakam has posted 14 top 10 singles on the U.S. Country charts, eight of which he penned and one on which he shared writing credit with Roger Miller. They include 1988’s “I Sang Dixie,” which hit #1. He has fared even better in Canada, following his #1 debut with 16 more top 10 entries, including 1987’s self-penned “Little Ways,” 1993’s “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” and a 1999 cover of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” His first three LPs topped the U.S. Country charts with a total of 16 reaching the Top 10 and two more just falling short at #11. He also has been a force on the Canadian LP charts, two entries, 1993’s “This Time” and 2007’s “Dwight Sings Buck” hitting #1. In addition, Yoakam has maintained a steady presence on the mainstream charts of the U.S., Canada, the Pan Pacific and Europe.
He also has collaborated with artists as far ranging as Buck Owens, Sheryl Crow, k.d. Lang and Michelle Branch to Warren Zevon and Beck. Also an accomplished actor, Yoakam has garnered an incredible 17 Grammy Awards, 10 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
572. TAMMY WYNETTE
And speaking of Country superstars, no one was bigger than this Mississippi thrush known as “The First Lady Of Country Music.” The numbers Tammy Wynette piled up are simply amazing – Babe Ruthian, actually.
Starting with 1967’s “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” Wynette notched 16 #1 singles on the U.S. Country chart, three more with George Jones, and yet another with David Houston. Including that hit, Wynette put eight of nine singles atop the Country chart between 1967 and 1970. Her lone miss came when “I’ll See Him Through” stalled at #2. Then, beginning with 1971’s “Good Lovin’ (Makes It Right),” Wynette ran off another streak of chart-toppers, scoring six of seven #1s, with only 1972’s “Reach Out Your Hand (And Touch Somebody)” falling short at #2. But that was one of Wynette’s 15 chart-toppers on the Canadian list. Included in her repertoire are two of Country music’s most popular recordings, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Stand By Your Man,” both from 1968. The latter not only topped the charts in North America, but also gave Wynette a #1 U.K. Single.
Married to Jones from 1969 to 1975, Wynette and her Goldmine Hall of Fame husband became known as “Country Music’s First Couple,” notching one #1 single while married and two more after they split. In 1991, her vocals were featured on “Justified and Ancient,” a worldwide smash by KLF that climbed to #2 in the U.K. and in 1997, the year before she suddenly passed away at age 55, she was a vocalist on the #1 U.K. “Perfect Day,” written by Lou Reed. She also teamed with Brian Wilson on “In My Room” Sting on “Every Breath You Take” and Country giants such as Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, among others.
Seventeen of her albums topped the U.S. Country chart, not including 1976’s #1 “Golden Ring” with Jones and 1991’s “Honky Tonk Angels” with Parton and Lynn. Two, 1968’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and 1971’s “Tammy’s Touch” reached #1 and four others reached #2. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998, Wynette ranked #2 on Country Music Television’s 2002 list of “Greatest Women of Country Music,” behind only Patsy Cline. She captured two Grammy awards for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” and three Country Music Association Awards for “Female Vocalist of the Year.”
573. JUDAS PRIEST
For the most part, heavy metal bands do not sell singles. They do, however, sell albums and concert tickets. And for the past four decades, few heavy metal bands, or bands of any genre for that matter, have sold as many albums and concert tickets as this English quintet.
Ranked fourth on the list of top 100 heavy metal bands by the excellent website, Digitaldreamdoor, Judas Priest ranks near the top 25% of all album sellers, worldwide. Lead singer Rob Halford’s vocal on “Victim of Changes” from the 1976 album “Sad Wings of Destiny” is ranked #1 on that site’s list of 100 Greatest Metal Vocal Performances, The website Loudwire places 1980’s “British Steel” #31, 1976’s “Sad Wings Of Destiny” #18 and 1982’s “Screaming For Vengeance” #7 on its list of Top 50 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time with Halford #4 on its list of Top 50 Hard Rock & Metal Frontmen of All Time. The band still packs them in at concerts and its most recent album, 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls,” rose to #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 list, the group’s highest showing in its 40-plus year career.
Ironically, “Sad Wings Of Destiny” failed to chart, even in England, as did the group’s first LP, “Rocka Rolla.” But 1977’s “Sin After Sin” did register, climbing to #23 on the U.K. list and 1978’s “Stained Glass” started Priest’s showing on Billboard’s list. “British Steel” proved the band’s highest charting LP in the U.K., reaching #4 and producing two rare hit singles, “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law,” each of which reached #12. A third single, “United,” hit #26.
The inductees are Halford (lead vocals & Harley), American Tim Owens (lead vocals from 1997 to 2003), K.K. Downing (guitar), Glenn Tipton (guitar & keyboards), Ian Hill (bass) and Dave Holland & Scott Travis (drums).
574. THE VOGUES
In 1965, it was not easy being a vocal group. Especially one just starting out. The musical landscape was dominated by new bands that wrote their own material and played their own instruments. Most from England. So to be four guys from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area doing material that owed more to another famous Pittsburgh group, The Skyliners, than the likes of The Beatles and Stones certainly was bucking the trend. But this foursome did it with great success.
The Vogues actually began their recording career as The Valaires, recording a single in the ’50s. But the Army and college called and it was 1965 before the group, now known as The Vogues, hit it big with a Petula Clark number known as “You’re The One.” The single soared to #4 on the November 13 Billboard Hot 100, that week headed by The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off My Cloud.” Before the year ended, “Five O’Clock World” started its climb up the chart, matching the #4 finish of its predecessor on the January 5, 1966, chart headed by The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.”
Before 1966 ended, the group had two more major hits, “Magic Town” reaching #21 followed by “The Land Of Milk and Honey,” which peaked at #29. The year 1967 was void of major successes, but The Vogues were no one-year wonder, returning in a big way in 1968. In early Summer, “Turn Around, Look At Me” entered the Hot 100, becoming the most successful version of the oft-recorded number, climbing to #7. It also reached #3 on the Billboard Easy Listening (Adult Contemporary) chart which has undergone several name changes. In the Fall, they scored another #7 with a remake of “My Special Angel,” which also had peaked at #7 for Bobby Helms in 1957. This time, The Vogues version topped the Easy Listening chart. The year ended with “Till,” another often recorded gem reaching #27, while “No Not Much,” a major hit for The Four Lads in 1956, started off 1969 by rising to #34.
The Vogues also charted more than a handful of albums, two, 1968’s “Turn Around, Look At Me” and 1969’s “Till” entering the Billboard top 30.
The inductees are Bill Burkette, lead Vocals (1965-1983, 2008-present), Hugh Geyer, 1st tenor (1965-1973, 2007-2012), Don Miller, baritone/bass (1965-1974) and Chuck Blasko, 2nd tenor (1965-1986).
575. THE GRASS ROOTS
In the late 1960s, it was almost impossible to turn on AM radio without hearing the latest hit by this group. That group members didn’t write their hits or play on some of their recordings is irrelevant as this applies to many great groups as history has proven. And this Los Angeles-based congregation wrote much of the material on a series of solid albums and proved more than capable musicians in an active concert schedule.
The Grass Roots that compiled a terrific resume actually was the third incarnation using that name as writers P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri searched for the proper outlet for their material after “Where Were You When I Needed You” became a hit. Creed Bratton, Rick Coonce, Warren Entner and Rob Grill wound up the hit-making package. And hit-making package they were, starting with “Let’s Live For Today,” which came in at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Ironically, it was not written by Sloan and Barri, but Sloan did play lead guitar on the record with Grill singing lead. The album of the same name did feature four songs penned by group members, who also contributed to the playing on the recordings. It reached #75 on Billboard’s Top 200 and also yielded a second hit, the #23 “Things I Should Have Said,” penned by Barri and Sloan.
On 1968’s “Feelings,” the band really flexed its musical chops, doing the bulk of writing and performing. Surprisingly, Sloan’s “Melody For You” flopped as the initial single and another should-have-been hit, “Here’s Where You Belong,” by Sloan and Barri, was buried as a B-side. Both were included in 1968’s “Golden Grass” LP, a greatest hits LP stocked with gems, but just one hit until “Midnight Confessions” caught on, reaching #5. Featuring a horn section it marked a change in direction for the band, eventually leading to single hits “The River Is Wide,” “I’d Wait A Million Years,” “Heaven Knows,” “Temptation Eyes,” “Two Divided By Love” and 1971’s “Sooner Or Later,” which proved another top 10 smash, reaching #9.
The Grass Roots became a very popular live attraction, appearing at many major festivals. In 1982, a later version of the band led by Grill proved the power of their legacy, drawing an estimated 500,000 fans to an Independence Day concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Today, The Grass Roots rank among the best sellers of singles, worldwide, showing particular popularity in France and Canada along with their success in the U.S. Seven of their LPs charted on Billboard’s Top 200, all but one entering the top half of the chart.