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238.  John Hiatt

The Rock and Roll world is littered with performers who peaked at their first album and never seemed to even come close to that level of success commercially or critically again. In the case of John Hiatt, it took him years to find that high water mark.

For years John Hiatt, put out albums that ranged from differing music styles. The albums were decent but did not sell particularly well. By the mid 80’s, Hiatt found success and his voice as a Roots Rock singer and quickly became known for his songwriting skills and his ability to create solid American Rock music. As many of his songs got covered and became hits, Hiatt became better known but he was still unable to top the charts. If Hiatt’s success matched his reputation, Hiatt would be in the Hall already. As it stands now, he is a wild card shot at best for induction.




The Bullet Points: 

Eligible Since:




Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Indianapolis, IN)



Why He Will Get In:

He has the respect factor in place.



Why He Won’t Get In:

His lack of success on his own material may be a hamper.



Nominated In:




Essential Albums:

Bring the Family (1987)

Slow Turning (1988)

Stolen Moments (1990)

Perfectly Good Guitar (1993)



Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Memphis in the Meantime (From Bring the Family, 1987)

Feels Like Rain (From Slow Turning, 1987)

Thirty Years of Tears (From Stolen Moments, 1990)

Perfectly Good Guitar (From Perfectly Good Guitar, 1993)

Old Habits Are Hard To Break (From Perfectly Good Guitar, 1993)

Should John Hiatt be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 85.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%
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