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With three nominations in the past ten years, it could be argued that Gram Parsons could be considered a future lock for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Considering that Parsons is considered the father of Country Rock there is a good chance he soon will.

 Although the Byrds are already in, he was with them for such a brief time and was not honored at their 1991 induction. Maybe that is not such a travesty as Parsons would go on to form the Flying Burrito Brothers with fellow Byrd, Chris Hillman and later release two solo albums. His solo work and albums with the Burrito Brothers were among the most acclaimed of its period and it truly was the melding of Rock and Country. Parsons died at the tender age of 26, but not before he cemented his legacy as a pioneer. Time has shone kindly on Parsons and as one of the most influential cult figures in modern music history, he only needs a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction to top it off. Our bet is that he will get it as a form of a “Lifetime Achievement Award”; a damn good life for someone who lasted only a quarter of a century.


Gram Parsons

Should Gram Parsons be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.3%
No opinion. - 2.1%
No way! - 4.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #22
    2012: #15
    2013: #13
    2014: #9
    2015: #9
    2016: #9
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1992
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Waycross, GA)
  • Why they will get in: He is bigger now than he has ever been.
  • Why they won't get in: It is a possibility that he could get in with the Flying Burrito Brothers instead of a solo.
  • Nominated in: 2002, 2004 & 2005
  • Essential Albums: GP (1973)
    Grievous Angel (1973)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Still Feeling Blue (From GP, 1973)
    She (From GP, 1973)
    I Can’t Dance (From Grievous Angel, 1973)
    $1,000 Angel (From Grievous Angel, 1973)
    In My Hour of Darkness (From Grievous Angel, 1973)

Should Gram Parsons be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.3%
No opinion. - 2.1%
No way! - 4.3%
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+8 #7 rebecca rosenberger 2015-04-19 03:20
Yes Gram should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's the Father of Country/Rock.

He still has it all these years later.
+7 #6 Will James 2014-12-29 15:53
[censored]:/ /gramparsons
+8 #5 Meade 2014-06-09 15:21
Country Music Hall of Fame is better. Rock n' Roll Hall of fame is bland and boring.
+8 #4 biograph 2013-05-12 08:26
He's not in?
+8 #3 TheGodHelmet 2012-12-27 20:47
I am member: Did OK for first few years - then started trying to be "in" rather than right. But many if not most of the inductees in the past 20 years have been beyond silly. The bothersome situation with the Hall waiting so long to induct Neil Diamond finally broke down Hall to almost nothing.. Other icon members became ashamed. Then when he was inducted, he wasn't happy, his contemporari es weren't happy and the viewing audience wasn't happy. Point being; who the heck is the RRHOF; just foks who rented a building and started call it the RRHOF. Well myself and 8 of my friendss arre seriously considering doing the same thing. Our credentials are at the strata they should be.. .and more importantly we know what R&R is and what is is not. Heavy and proper marketing will show without as doubt - how unaware these current 'choosers' actually are. Two, and their are many, stunning omissions are Niel Sedaka and Cher. It's mind boggleing.
+7 #2 TheGodHelmet 2012-12-27 20:17
Briefly: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has very little stature left after starting up in 1986. I'm a member of the R&R HOF -however, for the first 7 or 8 years they did fine due to all the obvious intertainers that had been hanging around for decades without a HOF. But then...many of their picks let in were odd choices; the board was trying to be more 'edgy' than right. Not enough room to put multiple names of those not in now that should have been obvious to the least knowledgeble about what rock and roll actually is. Then Neil Diamond had to wait so long many of his contemporari es were mad enough to go public about the slight of "The Diamond Mine". When his was inducted it was obvious to anyone watching; he wasn't happy about it,,John Foggerty wasn't happy about it as were many other icons already in. Myself and 9 friends have been very lucky financially in life. We are seriously considering building and heavily marketing a much more valid RRHOF.
+5 #1 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
Yeah, he'll get in. The Hall has respect for anybody with connections to major '60s bands as long as the solo work was substantial enough. His solo work was probably more substantial than several Beatles...or even Clapton. Add in his connections to the Rolling Stones and he's golden.

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