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Goldmine's Hall of Fame Inductees - Volume 82

Goldmine Magazine's Hall of Fame inducts another group of exceptional sidemen from Mick Ronson, Bobby Keys & Nicky Hopkins to Hall & Oates' band, The Section & Prince's talented supporters
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This is the 82nd set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.

The next sections will focus on sidemen & others who made their mark on the industry. The last section will feature the great songwriters who have written the most top 10 songs with their first coming between 1955 and 1991. 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 -

Mick Ronson


This guitar ace from England had a #9 album - "Slaughter On 10th Avenue" - in the U.K., but he's best remembered as an alien invader. On David Bowie's most famous LP, 1972's "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars," Mick Ronson served as lead guitarist in addition to contributing keyboards and backround vocals.

Ronson was no stranger to Bowie, having performed similar duties on Bowie's two previous LPs, 1970's "The Man Who Sold The World" and 1971's "Hunky Dory. He remained by Bowie's side on the two LPs that followed "Ziggy," "Aladdin Sane" and "Pin Ups," both from 1973. In 1972, Ronson and Bowie teamed to produce Lou Reed's "Transformer," Ronson adding guitar, keyboards and recorder. From 1975 on, Ronson primarily worked with Ian Hunter, squeezing in efforts with Bob Dylan, David Cassidy, John Mellencamp, Roger Daltrey, Morrissey, Elton John and Roger McGuinn among others, before dying of liver cancer in 1993. He was just 46.

Some tracks featuring Ronson's work include: Changes, Starman, John, I'm Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Life On Mars?, Let's Spend The Night Together & Sorrow (David Bowie); Walk On The Wild Side & Perfect Day (Lou Reed); Jack & Diane (John Cougar Mellencamp).

Bobby Keys


Sidemen often make sterling contributions to recordings, but rarely draw as much recognition as this Texas sax player Bobby Keys did, especially with his memorable solo on The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar."

Keys, also proficient on trumpet and trombone, started touring in his teens withn Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly and, after appearing on 1969's "Let It Bleed," became an almost permanent member of the Stones up until his passing in 2014 at age 70. He also worked with all the Beatles, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson, Warren Zevon, Leo Sayer, Marvin Gaye and many others.

Some recordings with contributions by Keys include: Tumbling Dice, Happy & Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones); What Is Life (George Harrison); Whatever Gets You Through The Night & #9 Dream (John Lennon); Photograph (Ringo Starr); After Midnight (Eric Clapton); When I Need You (Leo Sayer); Don't Ask Me No Questions (Lynyrd Skynyrd).

nicky hopkins

Hopkins, from England, contributed keyboards to many Stones' recordings, beginning even before Keys. He also worked with The Kinks, The Jeff Beck Group, The Steve Miller Band, The Jefferson Airplane, The Who and many others.

Hopkins can be heard on: 'Till The End Of The Day & Sunny Afternoon (Kinks); We Love You, She's A Rainbow, Sympathy For The Devil, Street Fighting Man, Gimme Shelter, Tumbling Dice, Angie, Fool To Cry & Waiting On A Friend (Rolling Stones); Revolution (Beatles); Barabajagal (Donovan); Jealous Guy, Whatever Gets You Through The Night & #9 Dream (John Lennon); Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (George Harrison); Photograph, You're Sixteen & The No No Song (Ringo Starr); You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker); You're In My Heart (Rod Stewart).

Hopkins passed away in 1994 at age 50.


639-640.G.E. SMITH & THE HALL & OATES BAND- (Charlie DeChant, sax, John Siegler & Tom T-Bone Wolk, bass, Eliot Lewis, keyboards, & Jerry Marotta & Mickey Curry, drums)

Faithful fans of Saturday Night Live will instantly recognize Pennsylvania guitarist G.E. Smith, who fronted the show's house band for 10 years. But before that, Smith may have been music's most listened to player as he recorded and toured with Hall & Oates during that duo's impossibly successful run.

Over a five-album stretch, beginning with 1980's "Voices" through 1988's "Ooh Yeah!," Smith and his cohorts appeared on 13 top 10 singles in the U.S., five of which reached #1.

But Smith had other achievements in addition to the above, playing with Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, David Bowie and others. At the Philadelphia portion of Live Aid, the H&O band wound up as the event's house band, backing the likes of Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and others.

Curry went from H&O to Bryan Adams, and played on almost all of his albums, which accounted for another boatload of hits. Lewis joined Hall in Oates in 2003 after a long stint with the Average White Band and can be seen on the popular show Live From Daryl's House. DeChant, who contributes flute, piano & guitar in addition to his notable sax work, joined Hall & Oates in 1976. The late, much beloved Wolk worked with Smith in the SNL band as well as powering Hall & Oates after replacing Siegler, who bottomed the "Voices" and "Private Eyes" LPs. Wolk's resume also includes Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel & Burt Bacharach. Marotta contributed drum work for Orleans, Elvis Costello, Cher, Peter Gabriel, Carly Simon, Rick Springfield & a host of others in addition to appearing on four LPs by Hall & Oates.



Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar and Craig Doerge worked so many Asylum sessions in the '70s, they became known as The Section and recorded several LPs for themselves under that name.

But mainly, together and as indivuduals, they backed a host of very successful recording stars, including Aaron Neville, Al Kooper, Art Garfunkel, America, B.B. King, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Bill Withers, Jimmy Buffett, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Laura Branigan, Herb Alpert, Neil Sedaka, Eric Carmen, Joe Cocker,The Bee Gees, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, Vince Gill, Leonard Cohen, Tom Jones, Diana Ross, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in addition to those listed below and many more.

Carly Simon referred to Pittsburgh's Ron Kunkel as "...every singer's favorite drummer," while New York City's Kortchmar performed guitar duties and contributed songwriting, penning or co-penning four top 10 hits, two with Don Henley. Cleveland's Doerge was the group's keyboardist and Milwaukee's Sklar handled bass duties, the latter appearing on a reported 2,000-plus albums.

Members of The Section can be heard, individually and as a group, on the following: Dirty Laundry & All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Don Henley); Taxi, Sniper & Better Place To Be (Harry Chapin); Doctor My Eyes, Running On Empty, Lawyers In Love & Tender Is The Night (Jackson Browne); Under The Milky Way (The Church); One More Night & Another Day In Paradise (Phil Collins); All About Soul & The River Of Dreams (Billy Joel); Just A Song Before I Go & Wasted On The Way (Crosby, Stills & Nash); Part Of The Plan, Same Old Lang Syne, Hard To Say, Leader Of The Band & Run For The Roses (Dan Fogelberg); It's Too Late, I Feel The Earth Move & So Far Away (Carole King); Carey & You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio (Joni Mitchell); After The Glitter Fades, Edge Of Seventeen, Leather & Lace, If Anyone Falls & Stand Back (Stevie Nicks); Love Is A Rose, Back In The U.S.A., Ooh Baby Baby, How Do I Make You, Hurt So Bad, Don't Know Much & I Can't Let Go (Linda Ronstadt); Even Now, Shame On The Moon, Roll Me Away & Like A Rock (Bob Seger); Coming Around Again (Carly Simon); Fire & Rain, You've Got A Friend, Don't Let Me Be Lonely, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Handy Man & Your Smiling Face (James Taylor); Werewolves Of London (Warren Zevon); Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts? (Hall & Oates).



Prince often made recordings by himself, handling all vocal and instrumental parts. But he also utilized two powerful backing bands, The Revolution and The New Power Generation, plus percussionist and right-hand woman Sheila E. on many others in addition to his stunning stage performances.

Though her main efforts teamed her with Prince, Sheila, born in California as Sheila Escovedo, lent her considerable talent to many other popular artists and also scored successes on her own. In 1984, "The Glamorous Life" hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the U.S. Dance Chart as did the following year's "Love Bizarre," a duet with Prince that reached #11 on The Hot 100. She also charted four solo albums.


Members of The Revolution receiving induction to the Goldmine Hall of Fame are: Dez Dickerson (guitar & vocals); Bobby Z (percussion); Matt Fink & Lisa Coleman (keyboards); Mark Brown (bass); Wendy Melvoin (guitar); Miko Weaver (guitar); Eric Leeds (sax); Matt Blistan (trumpet).

Appearances included the LPs "Purple Rain," "Around The World In A Day" and "Parade" and the singles "Purple Rain," When Doves Cry," I Would Die 4 U," "Let's Go Crazy," "Pop Life," "Raspberry Beret," "Take Me With U" and "Kiss."

Members of the New Power Generation inducted are: Tommy Barbarella (keyboards); Levi Seacer (bass); Sonny Thompson (bass); Michael Bland (drums); Damon Dickson & Kirk Johnson (percussion); Tony Mosley (vocals); Candy Dulfer (sax).


Appearances included the LPs "Diamonds & Pearls," "Love Symbol Album," "One Night Alone...Live!" and "C-Note" and the singles "Cream," "Diamonds & Pearls," "7" and "Gett Off."