John Rook and Patti Page...for some fascinating reading go to Johnrook.com
By Phill Marder
If you're not happy with The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame can be found at the following link:
Founded in 2007 by John Rook, a distinguished veteran of radio as a deejay and programmer, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame differs from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in several important ways. First, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame's website lists every member of the nominating committee with a short bio. If you're a music fan, you'll recognize many of the names. If you don't recognize someone, the bio leaves little doubt of their credentials.
"These people know what they're doing," promised Rook.
A second difference is that you have the final say in who gets inducted. The nominating committee's selections are posted on the website. You can see a photo of them, read a bio describing their achievements and even listen to a musical selection by them. Then, you can vote for them. Or not vote for them. And the votes are posted for all to see.
"We're the only ones who invite the public to vote," noted Rook. "We're the only ones who even care if you vote. And who gets inducted is determined entirely by the votes."
To be nominated, a candidate must be proposed by three members of the nominating committee. Once nominated, an artist has three years to get the vote backing to earn induction after which they are removed from consideration.
The Hit Parade Hall of Fame includes music talent from 1950 until today. Consequently, you'll find nominees ranging from The Fontane Sisters to the Pointer Sisters. There's no reference to Rock & Roll, so Ferrante & Teicher and The Chipmunks can sit side-by-side with Bruce Springsteen and James Brown on the list of nominees.
The impetus for starting this Hall of Fame came when Rook, like so many others, became disenchanted with the Rock Hall of Fame.
"Pat Boone's an old friend of mine from way back," Rook said. "He called me around six-seven years ago and during our conversation I asked him if there was anything in his career that he was missing. He told me one thing...that he had never even been considered for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
"Then I found out Connie Francis and a lot of other old friends weren't in and I thought, 'We have to do something about that.'"
"I want to make sure these artists who so truly deserve to be recognized but are woefully neglected by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are recognized for their achievements," Rook added. "I would have had absolutely no career if it wasn't for these artists."
Other differences between the Hit Parade Hall of Fame and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are that Rook's group has no physical home and no induction ceremony to be televised. It's entirely web based.
"I had about four locations in mind, and we were planning an award show to be televised from Las Vegas," said Rook, when asked if a physical location was in the works. "We'd probably have a home now if not for the economic conditions."