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Why Are These Folks Not Already In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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The nominees for the 2015 Induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame were announced this week. I scrolled through the list and saw a few folks that I thought would be inducted already.

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Chic

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Chic’s consisted of songwriter-producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards (1952-1996) They rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and distinctly New York City studio smarts. Remember their out-of-the-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” the Number One “Le Freak” and Number One “Good Times” (ranked on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Singles Of All Time”)? These cuts made Chic the preeminent disco band – emphasis on the word ”band” – of the late 70s.

Chick was a pivotal part of hip-hop and the New Jack Swing for samples. Did you know that Chic’s “Good Times” was sampled in “Rapper’s Delight” and Blondie’s “Rapture,” to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” Chic is still going strong today. I just can’t believe they are not already inducted.

The Spinners

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Classic R&B with that Philadelphia Sound consisting of Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough and lead singer Philippé Wynne. I just think of my mom on some of these titles from them. Remember “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair)” and “Mighty Love.” and who could forget “The Rubberband Man”.

Sting

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I am a Sting fan and I thought Sting was already inducted. When I saw his name on the list, I was actually shocked. Love how Sting uses his platform for social justice. If Sting is not in there, the The Police is not either, I suppose.

Read More 30 Years Later: Sting & The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”

Stevie Ray Vaughan (RIP)

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photo credit: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

While this is would be a posthumous induction, I am just amazed that he is not inducted already. Stevie Ray Vaughn is a legend and deserves this honor.

Did you know that it was Stevie Ray Vaughn playing on David Bowie’s global Number One hit, “Let’s Dance”?

The Marvelettes

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photo credit: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Come on now. The forerunners to the Supremes are not inducted already? Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Georgeanna Tillman and Wanda Young – deserve their rightful spot in rock history. They gave Motown/Tamla its first official Number One Hot 100 hit in the late summer of 1961, “Please Mr. Postman” (famously featuring Marvin Gaye on drums). Yes, I hope they make it.

Bill Withers

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photo credit: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Another artist that paved the way on his own terms and still sampled and covered today. Bill Withers mastered the vocabularies of the acoustic singer-songwriter, R&B, disco and even mainstream jazz, while maintaining a distinctive personality as a composer and vocalist. A 33-year old Navy veteran when he had his first hit, Withers remained detached from the hype and nonsense of show business and walked away for good when commercial interests tried to interfere with his art. But what a legacy he left behind: the bittersweet “Ain’t No Sunshine” was a breakout smash in 1971. With his second album, Withers moved onto the funkier territory of “Use Me” and his most enduring hit, “Lean On Me.” Over the next few years Withers scored hits with pop (“Lovely Day”) and duets with several jazz musicians, including “Just The Two Of Us” with Grover Washington Jr. When Withers dropped out of the music industry, his songs stayed alive.

Club Noveau brought a cover of “Lean On Me” to the top of the pop charts. The number one “No Diggity” by BLACKstreet with Dr. Dre sampled Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands.” Withers’ songs have been covered by an astonishing range of artists – from the Temptations to Garth Brooks, Anne Murray to Mary J. Blige, Gil Scott-Heron to Widespread Panic, along with Isaac Hayes, Fiona Apple, Big Daddy Kane, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Aaron Neville, Mick Jagger & Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys & Rob Thomas, Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe & Brian Eno and the cast of GLEE. Stubbornly his own man, Bill Withers wrote songs that spoke for everyone. I hope if he is inducted, he will come back and perform.

Here is the complete list of 2014 Nominees

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Kraftwerk
The Marvelettes
N.W.A
Nine Inch Nails
Lou Reed
The Smiths
The Spinners
Sting
Stevie Ray Vaughan
War
Bill Withers
Public voting is open now through December 9, 2014.  You can visit www.rockhall.com, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com to vote.

Of the list of nominees this year, who would you vote for? Leave a comment.

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