Discoveries columnist Todd Baptista weighs in on a few of the deserving artists who’ve been excluded from The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but deserve to be there.
Only two of the artists who earned Goldmine readers’ votes will be inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.
It’s that time of year again: Goldmine gets to cast its official vote with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the next year’s inductees. So who should get Goldmine’s endorsement this year? That, dear voters, is all up to you.
The guys in ZZ Top have seen each other’s faces more recently than Claude Russell Bridges — aka Leon Russell — has seen his own. He’s hidden mysteriously behind those shades, a cowboy hat, a different name, and that long white flowing hair and beard for 40 years now.
Celebrated as “one of the greatest singers of all time” Darlene Love spent much of her early career as an unknown. On backup, Love’s voice perfected hits from “Da Doo Ron Ron” to “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’”
Tom Waits has been 50-something his whole life, a result of his weathered, beaten, drunken, tragic disposition on stage and in song since his first album in 1973.
From the Beastie Boys, Guns & Roses to War, the 2012 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame embody the broad scope of what ‘rock and roll’ means.
Seeking the fountain of youth? Check out rock and roll. That was the philosophy of Hank Ballard, who rose to fame with The Midnighters and helped shape music.
Blood? Check. Snakes? Yup. Mascara? You bet. Alice Cooper, the manly band with the ladylike name, is all ready to roll into the Rock Hall.
What would modern music be without Bob Marley’s influence? Rock Hall’s reggae master made rock and roll grow up and grow better.