This is the 71st set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
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581. ALAN JACKSON
Some artists have statistics so gaudy, it’s almost humorous. This trait seems to be particularly noticeable in the Country market, where fan loyalty leads to great staying power. A perfect example is this Georgian, who ranks in the top 25% of all album sellers worldwide.
Alan Jackson’s first chart LP came in 1990, “Here In The Real World” reaching #4 on the U.S. Country chart and #57 on the Billboard Top 200. The next year, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” duplicated that showing on the Country chart, but this effort soared to #17 on the big list and broke Jackson in Canada, peaking at #6 on that nation’s Country list. And those were two of Jackson’s weakest chart showings, his next four LPs, stretching from 1992 to 1998, hitting #1 on the U.S. Country chart, the last three duplicating that feat in Canada. More importantly, during that stretch Jackson placed five LPs in the top 15 of Billboard’s main list, two reaching #5, a third topping at #4.
Jackson closed the ’90s with another top 10 effort on the Top 200, but missed another #1 on the Country list when “Under The Influence” stopped at #2. However, all five of his albums from 2000 until 2009 reached #1 on the Country chart, and he also notched five #1s on the Top 200, including a Volume 2 of greatest hits. “Drive,” released in 2002, proved a worldwide smash, also climbing to #1 in Canada. Also the top internet album, “Drive” contained two of Jackson’s 24 singles to top the U.S. Country chart, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene).” His records continue to build worldwide sales, 2010’s “Freight Train” peaking at #2 on the U.S. Country list and #7 on the Top 200, while “Thirty Miles West” reached #1 U.S. Country and #2 Top 200 in 2012 and this year’s July issue, “Angels and Alcohol,” also topped the U.S. Country chart while peaking at #5 on the Top 200. Recently, he also has recorded LPs that topped the Bluegrass and Christian charts.
He has received 14 Academy of Music Awards, three for Top Male Vocalist, 15 Country Music Association awards, two for Male Vocalist of the Year and three for Entertainer of the Year, and has collected two Grammy Awards.
Considered one of the greatest heavy metal bands, leader Ian Fraser Kilmister insists his group merely plays Rock & Roll. Whatever you call it, this London aggregation, Kilmister being the lone constant, has emerged as one of the world’s best selling recording artists, ranking near the top 40% of all album sales worldwide since the release of its debut LP in 1977.
Kilmister, known to almost all as Lemmy, has propelled his band to such heights by refusing to compromise at any cost. The band’s initial album was rejected even though Lemmy already had made his mark on the musical landscape as a member of Hawkwind, another extremely popular group. Kilmister was fired from that group, then started Motorhead, named after the title of his final composition for Hawkwind. Kilmister never has lacked for a sense of humor, declaring he wanted Motorhead to be “so loud that if we move in next door to you, your lawn will die.” He also embraced the results of a poll, which named his new group “the best worst band in the world.”
Some of the band’s album titles also portray Kilmister’s uniquely honest and humorous appraisal of Motorhead, “Overkill,” “Iron Fist,” “Orgasmatron,” “March Or Die,” “Bastards,” “Overnight Sensation,” “Hammered,” “What’s Words Worth?,” “No Sleep At All,” “Better Motorhead Than Dead,” “No Remorse,” “Deaf Forever,” “Stone Deaf Forever” and, perhaps the best and most appropriate title, “Everything Louder Than Everyone Else.” Released in 1982, “Iron Fist” was the group’s third consecutive top 10 LP in the U.K., following 1980’s “Ace Of Spades,” which reached #4, and 1981’s “No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith,” which became a chart-topper. In a demonstration of staying power, 2013’s “Aftershock” became Motorhead’s most successful entry on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, climbing to #22. “Bad Magic,” released in 2015, had a #35 peak as of this induction. Over the years, group LPs have reached the top 10 in Sweden, Norway and Germany.
The inductees are Kilmister (bass), Eddie Clarke, Michael Burston and Phil Campbell (guitar) and Phil Taylor, who passed away recently, and Mikkey Dee (drums). Kilmister, Clarke and Taylor made up the trio that propelled Motorhead to success. Burston, stage name Würzel, and Campbell joined when Clarke left, Würzel staying for approximately 11 years before leaving Motorhead once again a trio with Kilmister, Campbell and Taylor, who was replaced by Dee in 1992. Since 1992, Kilmister, Campbell and Dee has remained the lineup.
583. CLINT BLACK
It didn’t take long for this Jersey-born Texan to make his mark. His first four singles – “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Nobody’s Home” and “Walkin’ Away” – reached #1 on the U.S. Country chart with five – “Nothing’s News” joining the first four – topping the Canadian chart. The 1989 host album, “Killin’ Time,” also topped the U.S. Country list, peaked at #6 in Canada and even climbed to #31 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
What does one do for an encore after a start like that? Well, Clint Black just continued making hit records, 1990’s “Put Yourself In My Shoes” also reaching #1 on the U.S. Country album chart, also climbing to #18 on the Top 200. Though the title song stopped at #4, two singles, “Loving Blind” and “Where Are You Now” topped the U.S. Country chart. The first two LPs also gave Black another unique distinction in that he was in involved in the composition of every track, often with guitarist Hayden Nicholas.
From 1992 to 1999, Black notched seven more #1 singles on the U.S. Country chart and 12 in Canada. Five more peaked at #2 U.S., three north of the border. His career somewhat stalled in the 2000s, when he took a three-year hiatus after the birth of his daughter, Lily Pearl Black. And though the big hits stopped coming, Black continued as a force on the album charts, a second volume of greatest hits reaching #8 on the U.S. Country chart in 2001, with 2004’s “Spend My Time” hitting #3 and his most recent, “On Purpose,” achieving a #13 peak as of this induction.
Black was named the Country Music Association’s Horizon award winner in 1989 as best newcomer, also receiving that group’s 1990 designation as Male Vocalist Of The Year. That same year, Black dominated the Academy of Country Music Awards, taking home Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for “Better Man.” In 1999, the Academy designated Black’s duet with wife Lisa Hartman Black Vocal Event of the Year. Black also has appeared in acting roles in movies and on TV.
The all-female group with the most worldwide chart entries? The Supremes? The Shirelles? How about this London trio, now a still active duo, which has been churning out hit records since 1981?
Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, the two remaining members, have been friends since childhood, teaming with Siobhan Fahey to form Bananarama in 1979. Fahey remained until 1988 when she married Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. She was replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan, who remained until 1991, leaving Dallin and Woodward a duo with her departure. The success of Bananarama has been so widespread, the group ranks in the top 50% of all singles sellers worldwide and also holds a slot on the list of best-selling album artists.
The trio’s biggest success came with 1986’s “Venus.” A cover of the 1970 #1 smash by Shocking Blue, this version topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and equaled that in Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Japan. The single stalled at #8 in the group’s homeland where, ironically, Bananarama never has notched a #1 single though nine times the trio reached the U.K. top 10. Three times Bananarama appeared ready to score that elusive #1, but each effort stopped at #3, starting with
1984’s “Robert De Niro’s Waiting.” Three years later “Love In The First Degree/Mr Sleaze” also topped off at #3 and in 1989 a cover of the Beatles’ “Help” with La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo, consisting of three female comics who spoofed Bananarama, hit #3 as a fund-raising single for Comic Relief.
Bananarama has posted three top 10 singles in the U.S., with 1983’s “Cruel Summer” and 1987’s “I Heard a Rumour” bookending “Venus.” In addition to the countries mentioned above, Bananarama has achieved top 10 success in France, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Twice Bananarama has hit the U.K. top 10 with albums, 1983’s “Deep Sea Skiving” hitting #7 while 1988’s “Greatest Hits Collection” topped off at #3. Five LPs have scored on Billboard’s Top 200, with 1986’s “True Confessions,” a top 10 entry in Canada and Switzerland, leading the way at #15. “Wow,” the group’s 1987 effort, reached #1 in Australia, while 1991’s “Pop Life” climbed to #2 in France.
585. SERGIO MENDES
With this inductee, the Goldmine Hall of Fame reaches deep into South America, Brasil to be precise, for an artist whose achievements now have spanned six decades. In fact, his first hit single, “Mas Que Nada,” which reached #4 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in 1966, came back 40 years later with considerable help by the Black Eyed Peas to peak at #6 on the U.K. chart.
The first hit album for Sergio Mendes and his group, then known as Brasil ’66, followed the hit single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on that publication’s Jazz chart. By that time, Mendes was a veteran in the studio, having recorded with Jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Mann and Antonio Carlos Jobim. But it wasn’t until Herb Alpert got ahold of Mendes that success erupted, the first album eventually being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 2011.This disc included not just the first hit single, but also covers of Little Anthony & the Imperials’ “Goin’ Out Of My Head” and The Beatles’ “Day Tripper.” The next release, “Equinox,” abandoned that pattern but still finished at #24 on the Top 200 and #3 on the Jazz chart.
With 1968’s “Look Around,” Mendes and his group covered the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” with little sales success on the Hot 100. But the second single from that LP, a version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition, “The Look of Love,” was a different story. Nominated for an Academy Award thanks to Dusty Springfield, whose 1967 recording peaked at U.S. #22, “The Look of Love” performed by Brasil ’66 soared to #4 in 1968 after Mendes and his group performed it on the Academy Awards show. It also propelled the parent LP to #5 on the Top 200.
At the end of 1968, Brasil ’66 notched two more major hits with a cover of The Beatles’ “Fool On The Hill,” which climbed to #6 on the Hot 100 while topping the Adult Contemporary list and reaching #14 in Australia, and a redo of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair,” which rose to U.S. #16 (#2 on the AC chart) and #8 down under. Over the years, Mendes maintained a steady presence on the LP chart and in 1983 notched another major hit single with “Never Gonna Let You Go” from the LP simply titled “Sergio Mendes” which climbed to #27. The single, written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, had previously been recorded by Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder.
In 2005, Mendes received the Latin Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement and, in 2010, his “Born Tempo” received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album. In 1993, he received a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. In 2012, “Real In Rio,” with Mendes as a co-writer, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.