By Phill Marder
This is the 25th set of 10 selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
Great Blogs Of Fire will be announcing 10 inductees approximately every two 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
241. THE (YOUNG) RASCALS – When inducting the Rascals into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, Steven Van Zandt proclaimed, “the Rascals were the first Rock band. In the world.” Well, maybe they were and maybe not, but one thing’s for sure … they were one of the greatest bands ever.
With two lead singers, the principal songwriters Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, the Rascals, initially known as The Young Rascals, rivaled every band going from 1966 to 1968, scoring seven U.S. top 20 entries, including three that topped the charts. More importantly, though, all three – “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” and “People Got To Be Free” – are still highly regarded to this day as are other gems such as “A Girl Like You,” “How Can I Be Sure” and “A Beautiful Morning,” all three of which topped the charts in Canada and just missed in the U.S.
But the Rascals made great albums also, six landing in the U.S. top 10 including a 1968 greatest hits collection that topped the U.S. chart. Strangely, the group would have a single score in one country or another on occasion, but the Rascals were mainly a North American phenomenon. For example, they notched just two singles on the U.K. charts, with just #8 “Groovin’” being a major success.
Recently, the group reunited for the first time since the ‘70s. Brigati had refused to join them previously, but acquiesced for the recent Broadway production, The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream, a combination reunion concert and group history now expanded into a tour. Drummer Dino Danelli has always been a show himself, Cavaliere, the group’s organist, calling him the best drummer he’d ever seen. Of course, he may have a slight bias, but Van Zandt, who has seen his share of drummers over the years, said simply, “He was the greatest Rock drummer ever…is, is” and E-Street Band drummer Max Weinberg added, “he drummed the Rascals into rock history.”
Danelli, Cavaliere, Brigati (percussion) and guitarist Gene Cornish are the inductees.
242. GENE PITNEY – Growing up in Rockville, CT, Gene Pitney became known as “The Rockville Rocket.” It fit him as his music career took off like few others, his first single being originally a demo on which Pitney played multiple instruments and multi-tracked his vocals. The resulting “(I Wanna) Love My Life Away” was a top 30 hit in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia in 1961 and one of the great voices of the Rock Era was on his way.
Strangely, though Pitney would write hits such as the #1 “He’s A Rebel” by the Crystals, the all-time classic “Hello Mary Lou,” first a hit for Ricky Nelson, and “Rubber Ball,” a monster for Bobby Vee. he never wrote another smash for himself. He explained he had difficulty writing on the road, and once his recording career exploded, his busy schedule squashed his written output. But he did continue his global success, recording in Italian, German and Spanish as well as becoming a Country music star when paired with the recently departed George Jones and Melba Montgomery. Pitney’s worldwide impact helped him rank as one of the top selling album artists of all time, though he never had a top 40 LP in his home country. In Britain alone, he notched 11 top 40 albums, including three top 10 finishers. He passed away touring the U.K. in 2006.
Pitney finished 1961 with what was to become his signature song, “Town Without Pity,” which topped off at U.S. #13 and Canadian #10, then opened 1962 with “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” which went top five in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He followed that with “Only Love Can Break A Heart,” which was kept from being his only U.S. #1 by the Crystals recording of his composition, “He’s A Rebel.” Pitney did score a #1 single in Italy when “Quando vedrai la mia ragazza” hit the top in 1964 and after his recording of “Something’s Got A Hold Of My Heart” went #5 in the U.K. in 1967, he came back 22 years later to duet on the song with Marc Almond, and that recording topped the U.K. chart four weeks. It also hit #1 in Switzerland and Germany.
Other close calls included “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” #2 in the U.K. in 1964, where “Nobody Needs Your Love” also hit #2 in 1966. Canada took Pitney to the runner-up slot with “Liberty Valance,” “Mecca,” “It Hurts To Be In Love,” “Princess In Rags” and “Backstage.” Including the duet with Almond, Pitney had 22 top 40 singles in the U.K., 11 reaching the top 10, and 16 U.S. top 40 singles, including four in the top 10.
243. NEW ORDER – Like Gene Pitney, New Order had more success in the U.K. than in the U.S. Unlike, Gene Pitney, New Order had almost no success in the States, yet still ranks in the upper echelon of worldwide single and album sellers. The group evolved from Joy Division, set for its first North American tour after seeing its second LP rise to #6 in the U.K., when lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. Singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist and vocalist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris, along with keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert, opted to rename the group New Order, their appearance coinciding with the dawn of the ‘80s.
Their dominance of the British charts began with their second LP, 1983’s “Power, Corruption & Lies,” which climbed to #4. Their next nine studio LPs hit the top 10, including 1989’s “Technique” and 1993’s “Republic,” each of which hit #1. New Order’s biggest U.S. single, the #28 “Regret,” helped “Republic” reach #11 on the Billboard LP chart, the group’s best showing. Between 1981 and 2010, New Order placed 28 singles into the U.K. top 40, seven reaching the top 10.
The onslaught began when “Blue Monday” became a hit twice in the U.K. in 1983. It ran top 10 all over Europe, hitting #1 in France, and five years later a remixed version topped the New Zealand charts. “Blue Monday” eventually became the best-selling 12-inch single of all time. France became one of the band’s strongholds, 1985’s “The Perfect Kiss,” 1993’s “World (The Price Of Love),” and 1995’s “1963” all topping the French chart.
Their most recent release, 2013’s “Lost Sirens,” actually was recorded in 2003-2004, but held when the band broke up. A 2011 reunion prompted the release.
244. YES – Progressive bands don’t usually have hit singles, still Yes has managed several, including the startling “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” startling because it climbed all the way to No. 1 in 1983, and 1972’s “Roundabout,” which peaked at No. 13. 1971’s “Your Move,” 1984’s “Leave It” and 1987’s “Love Will Find A Way” and “Rhythm Of Love” all also hit the top 40. Only “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” reached the top 40 in their homeland, but that stopped at No. 28 there. However, “Wonderous Stories” climbed to No. 7 in 1977 and “Going For the One” made it to No. 24 later the same year. The next year, “Don’t Kill The Whale” made it No. 36.
On the album charts, where Progressive bands shine best, Yes placed 24 entries in the United States, 12 reaching the top 20 with seven entering the top 10, making Yes one of the highest charting album bands in Billboard history. In the U.K., Yes was even bigger, reaching the top 20 with 14 long-players, 11 climbing into the top 10. In addition, 1973‘s “Tales From Topographic Oceans,” probably the band’s most controversial release, topped the UK charts as did “Going For The One” four years later. “Topographic Oceans” is a two-record set, each of the four sides consisting of one long piece.
Yes has survived a ton of personnel changes over the years, but the classic lineup remains the group that gave us “The Yes Album,” “Fragile” and “Close To The Edge” in 1971 and 1972. Guitarist Steve Howe joined vocalist Jon Anderson, keyboardist Tony Kaye, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Bill Bruford for “The Yes Album,” which helped the band turn the corner after two so-so LPs. The next change came for “Fragile,” when keyboard whiz and showman extraordinaire Rick Wakeman took over for Kaye and that five also gave us “Close To The Edge.” Alan White replaced Bruford for “Tales From Topographic Oceans” with only Anderson and Squire remaining constants over the years. But even Anderson stepped aside for “Drama,” on which Trevor Horn served as vocalist.
Our inductees are Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman, Bruford, White, Kaye and Trevor Rabin, who contributed guitar and keyboards on various albums.
245. DAN FOGELBERG – When first released, the debut album by this Illinois troubadour was a flop. But so well regarded was Dan Fogelberg, when he went to work on his sophomore effort, some friends lent a hand. Friends being The Eagles’ Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and soon-to-be Eagle Joe Walsh, America’s Gerry Beckley and Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, among others.
Nothing like being able to call on star power when you need a boost. But Fogelberg still wrote every song on the “Souvenirs” LP that peaked at U.S. #17 and Canada #47, and “Part Of The Plan,” the leadoff cut, became his first hit single. Fogelberg’s next two albums, “Captured Angel,” and “Nether Lands,” failed to produce another hit, but each proved a best seller, the former at #23, the latter reaching #13.
In 1978, Fogelberg regained a spot on the U.S. Hot 100 thanks to an unlikely corroboration with Jazz flautist Tim Weisberg. Their LP, “Twin Sons Of Different Mothers,” went U.S. #8 and Canadian #22 and even produced a hit single, “The Power Of Gold.” When 1980’s “Longer” became a global hit, rising to U.S. #2, Fogelberg entered a red hot streak. The parent LP of “Longer,” “Phoenix,” climbed to U.S. #3 and unleashed another hit single, “Heart Hotels,” which just missed the U.S. top 20.
Fogelberg released “The Innocent Age” in 1981, and was rewarded with a #6 U.S. showing and a slew of hit singles. Three straight made the top 10, “Same Old Lang Syne,” “Hard To Say” and “Leader Of The Band,” with “Run For The Roses” stopping at #18. Three more releases reached better than #50 on the LP chart as the decade continued.
Dan Fogelberg passed away in 2007 at the age of 56.
246. IRON MAIDEN – You can’t tell the players without a scorecard when it comes to London’s heavy metal giant Iron Maiden. This group has fired more than Donald Trump, well over 20 at last count. But in spite of the swinging door, the core group has remained fairly constant since their third LP, 1982’s “The Number Of The Beast.”
Their 1980 debut, “Iron Maiden,” established the band in their native land, rising to #4, and their second LP spread the word, going top 20 across Europe. New lead singer Bruce Dickinson joined for the third LP, which went #1 in the U.K. and hit top 40 in the U.S., and Maiden was on its way. Though Iron Maiden has never had a hit single in the U.S., their singles regularly charted in their homeland, and occasionally other nations. “Run To The Hills” helped “The Number of the Beast” break through by climbing to #7 on the Brit chart, and that LP started an amazing stretch that saw the band place 12 of its next 13 studio albums into the U.K. top 10, 1988’s “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son,” 1992’s “Fear Of The Dark” and 2010’s “The Final Frontier” each hitting #1, while 1984’s “Powerslave,” 1990’s “No Prayer For The Dying” and 2003’s “Dance Of Death” each just missed, peaking at #2. “Live After Death,” a 1985 concert release, also hit #2.
“The Final Frontier” reportedly hit #1 in 28 countries and rose to #4 on the U.S. chart, the band’s best-ever showing. Though heavy metal bands rarely become major sellers of singles, Iron Maiden has scored 17 top 10 hits on the U.K. chart, the capper being 1990’s “Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter,” which hit #1. The only single from “The Final Frontier” was “El Dorado,” issued as a free download. It became the band’s first Grammy winner, named as Best Metal Performance.
The inductees are: Steve Harris (bass & keyboards); Dave Murray, Adrian Smith & Janick Gers (guitar); Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Clive Burr & Nicko McBrain (drums) & Eddie (if you have to ask…).
247. MILES DAVIS – In 1959, this Illinois Jazz trumpeter released “Kind Of Blue,” which eventually would become, reportedly, the biggest selling Jazz album of all time and one that graces the upper echelon of many list of the greatest albums ever recorded. It reached #10 on the Jazz album best-seller chart. It didn’t even make the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
This is not uncommon as large numbers of listeners rarely run out to purchase Jazz LPs as soon as they hit the racks. But Jazz LPs do tend to keep selling year after year as new converts are introduced to the music. At this time, Miles Davis ranks as one of the 50 top selling album artists of all time, though his highest ranking LP was 1970’s “Bitches Brew,” which topped out at #35. By that time, Davis was in his 25th year in recording studios, having played with almost every Jazz great of his time and the Jazz LP chart reflected this.
“Bitches Brew” became #1 on the Jazz chart as Davis was in the midst of a hot streak, which also saw “Miles Davis At Fillmore: Miles Davis At Fillmore East” also topping the Jazz chart in 1970. The run started with 1967’s “Miles Smiles,” a #6 finisher on the Jazz chart. Also on the Jazz chart, in 1968, “Nefertiti” reached #8 and “Miles In The Sky” #5, and in 1969 “In A Silent Way” peaked at #3, leading to “Bitches Brew.” By 1974, Davis had added five more top 10 Jazz albums, including 1972’s “On The Corner” which topped the chart. His increasing sales figures also pushed his albums onto the top 200 list, though always in the lower half of the chart.
By the time the ‘80s rolled around, Davis had cemented his place as one of the most important musical figures of all time, and his LPs sold accordingly, 1981’s “The Man With The Horn,” 1984’s “Decoy,” 1986’s “Tutu,” 1989’s “Amandia” and 1992’s “Doo Bop” topping the Jazz or Contemporary Jazz charts. In 1993, he paired with Quincy Jones on “Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux,” which became another chart topper as did two compilations, 1999’s “Love Songs” and 2001’s “The Essential Miles Davis.”
He has received eight Grammy Awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 1991 at age 65.
248. DORIS DAY – In 1945, as lead singer for Les Brown & His Band of Renown, this young Ohioan had her first #1 hit, “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time.” “Sentimental Journey,” also recorded by Brown’s band with Day singing, knocked it off the top and went on to become one of her most famous recordings. After Day left the band, she signed a contract with Columbia Records that lasted until 1967. And the hits started flowing immediately, climaxing with 1954’s “Secret Love,” which topped the U.S. chart and became a worldwide smash, topping the U.K. chart as well.
But all this success came before the 1955 cutoff point for the Goldmine Hall of Fame. No problem. In 1956, Day unleashed what is probably her most remembered song, “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera),” which hit U.S. #2 and #1 in several countries, including Australia, France and Britain. By this time, Day was on her way to becoming film’s best female box office draw of all time, and this hit from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” took home the 1956 Oscar for “best original song.”
Day had fallen short the year before when her #13 hit, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You,” from the movie “Love Me Or Leave Me” had been nominated but fell short. However, the soundtrack topped the U.S. album chart, becoming Day’s best-selling album. Day starred opposite James Cagney in that one. In 1958, her recording of “Everybody Loves A Lover” peaked at #6, Day’s last major single hit.
However, Day continued to have her share of chart success until 1967, when her contract with Columbia ended after over 650 recordings. By this time, Day’s film career had ground to a halt and she ended up doing television where – of course – she was a huge success, “The Doris Day Show” running five years. As of this printing, Day, one of the world’s leading advocates for animal welfare since 1971, recently turned 90.
249. RINGO STARR – With John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison already inducted into the Goldmine Hall of Fame, Ringo Starr completes the induction of all Beatles as individuals as well as members of the group. Starr certainly deserves his own Miner, becoming perhaps the world’s most famous drummer and boasting a surprisingly successful solo career after the breakup of the Fab Four, so successful that he has become one of the all-time best sellers in the album and singles categories.
Sometimes viewed as just lucky to be in the right place at the right time, Starr, nevertheless, made the most of the opportunity presented when asked to join The Beatles. His personality and wit endeared him to the fans, and his stylish drumming complimented the group’s work perfectly. His solo career, however, was built on his vocals, used sparingly in the group picture. His first album, “Sentimental Journey,” was released in 1970 and became an instant hit. It also anticipated today’s somewhat commonplace trend of superstars recording albums of standards, one of the most recent being Starr’s old teammate, McCartney. Even without a hit single, the LP reached #7 in the U.K., #15 in Australia and #22 in the U.S. Clearly, Ringo was more than just another pretty face.
The follow-up, “Beaucoups Of Blues,” found Starr tackling Country, but, though one of his more famous Beatles’ vocals was “Act Naturally,” this LP failed to catch on. But Starr quickly recovered with two massive singles, 1971’s “It Don’t Come Easy,” which hit #1 in Canada and was top 10 almost everywhere else, and 1972’s “Back Off Boogaloo,” which landed at #2 in Canada and the U.K. So by the time 1973’s album, “Ringo,” was released, the drummer was well established as a hit maker, and “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen” gave him back to back #1’s in the U.S. The third single from the LP, “Oh My My” climbed to U.S. #5. His next single release, a remake of The Platters’ “Only You (And You Alone),” was another stylistic shift, but Starr retained his touch in the U.S., reaching #6 and the “No No Song” started 1975 at #3 U.S. and #1 Canada. Both helped the parent LP, “Goodnight Vienna,” climb into the U.S. top 10.
That ended Starr’s run as a chart-topper, though his albums have continued selling, the most recent, “Ringo 2012,” still climbing to #80. More importantly, in 1989 Starr debuted his “All-Starr Band,” a collection of famous musicians successful in their own rite. Since, the “All-Starr Band” has toured on many occasions with a regularly changing lineup, resulting in a steady stream of concert LPs.
250. HARRY BELAFONTE – Almost nightly during the warm weather months, crowds in U.S. baseball stadiums are suddenly serenaded by a chant booming over the loudspeaker system… “Day-O.” Most hearing it have no clue what it has to do with baseball. And most have no clue the voice belongs to one of the world’s biggest superstars – Harry Belafonte.
The phrase comes from Belafonte’s biggest single hit, “Banana Boat (Day-O),” which started off 1957 in the #5 slot of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached #2 in the U.K.. The previous year, Belafonte had just missed the top 10 with “Jamaica Farewell” and “Mary’s Boy Child,” the latter hitting #1 in the U.K. as it became the area’s second million selling single behind Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock.” The “Banana Boat” and “Jamaica Farewell” were pulled from Belafonte’s album, “Calypso,” which held the U.S. #1 position for 31 weeks. Spending 99 weeks on the U.S. chart, “Calypso” became the #2 album of the 1950s (the 50s going from the chart’s inception in 1955 to the end of 1959), behind only the soundtrack for “South Pacific,” which also held #1 for 31 weeks. Only two albums, “West Side Story” and “Thriller” spent more weeks at #1.
“Calypso” was Belafonte’s biggest LP, but not his first hit album. In fact, it was not even his first #1 album in the States. As 1956 opened, his “’Mark Twain’ & Other Folk Favorites” entered the chart, eventually rising to #3. His next release, “Belafonte,” entered shortly after, eventually holding the #1 position six weeks. It took no less than Elvis Presley’s debut to unseat him. Ironically, it was Presley’s second LP that upended “Calypso.”
Belafonte continued as a major LP seller until well into the ‘60s, six more long-players reaching the U.S. top 10, 1957’s “An Evening With Belafonte” stalling at #2 and four others reaching #3. Though he hadn’t been very active in recording, he did appear on “We Are The World” as part of USA for Africa, renewing interest in his musical career. Besides being one of our most successful recording artists, Belafonte also starred in numerous films and has become a vocal activist for many causes. Among his many accolades, Belafonte received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1989, was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994 and took home a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He officially retired in 2007.