Current Rock and Roll Inductees

One of the top Soul artists during the first half of the 70’s, Bill Withers wrote and sang many songs that have stood time’s ultimate test. His heartfelt music was among its genre’s best but barring a couple of minor hits his run seemed to…
Before there was the Blues Brothers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band became the first white (though they were integrated) Blues band of note to cross over into suburbia. They did not have any major hits of note, but by breaking down racial barriers with their…
If you ask the average person which Beatle’s solo work is not currently recognized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, most would correctly predict Ringo Starr. If you ask that same person who had the least amount of solo hits of the Beatles…
Many musicians crave the spotlight and as we look up and down the list we created we find many artists who fit that description. Our forty-third selection, Lou Reed seems to be an exception to that rule, as he often appeared to eschew Rock and…
Considered pure Pop perfection by their fans, the Swedish foursome truly mastered Pop hooks and has a discography that continually gains new fans. They are considered a controversial selection as they lack Rock and Roll credibility among many music fans and the internet is littered…
Historically one of the premier Hard Rock bands and perhaps the best to come from Australia, AC/DC continues to sell out arenas and rock millions. There is little doubt among anyone that the Aussie powerhouses are worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.…
Although Steven Tyler may look like an aging transvestite, there was no doubt that Aerosmith was one of the top Rock acts of the 70’s. With a successful comeback in the 80’s that lasted well over a decade, the band cemented their legacy as one…
The heart of the Mississippi Delta has brought the world a lot of great musicians, and one of its best has to be the left handed Blues guitarist, Albert King. Normally it isn’t a big deal to be left handed, but when you didn’t restring…
As popular music grew, television made it a visual medium. Landmark moments were created; as anyone alive could tell you about the first time they saw the grinding hips of Elvis Presley or waiting in anticipation to see the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.…
Dubbed “the Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin might possess the most powerful voice in music history. Thankfully, she used that gift for some of the most iconic recordings of the 60’s cementing her as an undisputed legend. Inducted in 1987. From Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Should Aretha Franklin be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely, she deserves to be there. - 90%
I am fine with this induction. - 0%
Others deserve it ahead of her, but it's not the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 10%
Kick her out! - 0%
As one of the most widely known Blues Men, B.B. King was a major influence on a plethora of artists. When people say they “sung with their guitar” it is often an exaggeration, but with B.B. King it was the truth. Inducted in 1987. From…
An early figure in Jump Blues and Rock and Roll’s early progression, Big Joe Turner should be in the Hall, but perhaps it should be in the Early Influences category instead. Inducted in 1987. From Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

Should Big Joe Turner be in the Hall of Fame?

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Absolutely, he deserves to be there. - 14.3%
I am fine with this induction. - 42.9%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 42.9%
No opinion. - 0%
Kick him out! - 0%
One of the first true stars of Rock and Roll, Bill Haley could have made a case for entry just on the strength of “Rock Around the Clock”. There can be much debate as to whether Haley was Rock’s first star (which some have called…
Billy Joel may be among the most revered Rock singer and songwriters of all time. With a blend of classical, R&B, and Roots Rock, Joel has a very broad appeal and a huge amount of hits to his credit. Inducted in 1999. From Long Island,…
The first real Heavy Metal band in the Hall could very well be the most important. Sabbath took music to dark pounding places and they helped to propel the genre to new heights. Although they are in the Hall, they should have been a first…