like, whoa, do the doobie brothers belong in the hall of fame?

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THE DOOBIES IN THE HALL OF FAME?” That’s a ques­tion that’s been asked a bit in the wake of their re­cent in­duc­tion into said Hall. There was a ver­sion of that ques­tion (“Are the Doobie Brothers Hall of Fame Worthy”) on Quora this morning. I an­swered it there and wanted to share my an­swer here.

But first, I am not that big a fan of the Doo­bies. READ MORE

why are non-rock artists in the rock & roll hall of fame?

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A SERIES OF ARTICLES about Elvis Pres­ley’s Gold Stan­dard records has been taking up most of my time (along with re­designing the look of all my blogs). Be­cause of that, I have been ig­noring both the readers of this blog and those who sali­vate waiting for me to an­swer a ques­tion on Quora. So, why not kill two stones with one bird? READ MORE

does link wray belong in the rock & roll hall of fame?

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I HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING a lot of at­ten­tion to Quora lately, but this ques­tion caused me to re­spond; “Will Link Wray ever make the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?” Wray had one sem­inal hit, Rumble, in 1958 that Cub Koda stated pop­u­lar­ized “pop­u­lar­ized “the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock gui­tarists.” My an­swer was short and, I be­lieve, apt:

“The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should have at least three means of entry:

• as an artist
• as an in­flu­ence
• for a record

Whether or not Link be­longs in the Hall as an Artist is de­bat­able; that he was an in­flu­ence and that Rumble be­longs in the Hall as a record are not. READ MORE

why the hell isn’t gene clark in the hall of fame? (gene clark part 4)

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ONCE UPON A TIME, it looked like the Byrds had a long, suc­cessful, pro­duc­tive ca­reer in front of them. In 1965, they had two #1 hits, Mr. Tam­bourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!, that ef­fec­tively de­fined the re­cently coined term folk-rock. Their two al­bums were piv­otal in the tran­si­tion of rock mu­si­cians from being pri­marily singles-oriented to being pri­marily album-oriented. READ MORE

should the crew-cuts be in the rock & roll hall of fame?

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THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE AMONG US. They see a wrong and they set out to right it. Mostly, they fail. Nonethe­less, we think of them as heroic for their ef­forts. There are others who set out merely to suc­ceed at their own goals. While achieving those goals, they may also right a wrong, break down a bar­rier, or ex­pand a horizon. READ MORE

isn’t it a shame that pat boone gets no r-e-s-p-e-c-t? (or, should pat boone be in the rock & roll hall of fame?)

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THE QUESTION ON QUORA was “Who was the first rock & roll su­per­star to be dis­carded and for­gotten to time?” I an­swered with Bill Haley, Pat Boone, and Connie Francis. Each singer was a big star in their heyday—the word “su­per­star” did not exist then—but each has been under-appreciated by most critics and his­to­rians since rock & roll be­came self-reflective decades ago. READ MORE

should connie francis be in the rock & roll hall of fame?

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THE READERS AT QUORA have been keeping me busy—once I an­swered a ques­tion or two in­tel­li­gently and fairly, I’ve been get­ting re­quests to an­swer others. An­swer one ques­tion, and an­other pops up, even if it wasn’t asked di­rectly of me. Many ques­tions I just pass by, but this one was right in my ball­park: “Why isn’t Connie Francis in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?” READ MORE

why aren’t the moody blues in the bloody rock & roll hall of fame?

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IN A RECENT EDITION OF QUORA, someone asked why the Moody Blues haven’t been in­ducted into the bloody Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It would cer­tainly seem that the Moody Blues are far more qual­i­fied than many in­ductees, so I began preparing a lengthy an­swer, thinking I might pro­vide some in­sight. But I got side­tracked with an­other project and failed to get around to posting my com­ment. READ MORE