How many artists on this list have melded multiple styles that resulted in unique music and critical acclaim? Quite a few of course, though if we had to subject one on this list that may have combined the most styles, Little Feat could be that candidate.
Creating music that borrowed from Country, Folk, Blues, Rock, Funk and Jazz, it may have been excused if Little Feat may have had an unpolished sound. The fact is they didn’t, and a Little Feat album was among the most professionally produced of its era. There was little weakness with this accomplished group of musicians who as a collective could perform almost any style. They were able to crack into radio airplay somewhat but those who heard only their radio friendly songs, did not get the full breadth of what this group could do. They have massive respect within the musical community, and an induction, though unlikely is not impossible.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)
Why They Will Get In:
They meet that elusive respect factor.
Why They Won’t Get In:
A lack of mainstream success could be their downfall here.
Sailin’ Shoes (1972)
Dixie Chicken (1973)
Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974)
The Last Record Album (1975)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Strawberry Flats (From Little Feat, 1971)
Easy to Slip (From Sailin’ Shoes, 1972)
Dixie Chicken (From Dixie Chicken, 1973)
Long Distance Love (From The Last Record Album, 1975)
Mercenary Territory (From The Last Record Album, 1975)