R & R Hall of Fame Nominees


Jeff Beck
The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced today. The nine nominees are: Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack (read JamBase's exclusive feature/interview with Bobby Womack here). Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. For the first time, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.

To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year's nominees had to release their first single no later than 1983.

One of the most influential guitarists in rock and roll, Jeff Beck, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, as a member of the Yardbirds. After his 18-month stint (1965-66) in that band, he formed the first edition of the Jeff Beck Group (1968-69, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood). In the four decades since, Beck's work has encompassed deep explorations into instrumental jazz fusion, blues, a tribute to Gene Vincent, and much more, always underpinned by his hard-rock roots.

Chic's founding partnership of songwriter-producers Nile Rodgers (guitar) and Bernard Edwards (bass), abetted by future Power Station drummer Tony Thompson, rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and studio smarts. With their out-of-the-box chart smashes "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" and "Le Freak," Chic raised the bar and hooked a generation. Since then, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples. Rodgers and Edwards (before his death in 1996) followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers for an A-list of megastars.

When Elvis Presley sang "wear my ring around your neck" - it was Wanda Jackson's neck. And she still has the ring. The "First Lady of Rock and Roll" started recording in 1954, and was 18 when she graduated high school and played her first package tour with Elvis in 1955. He convinced her that rock and roll was the way, and she grabbed onto the rhythm like a dynamo. Wanda had the respect of Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and every musician who ever shared the stage with the "Queen Of Rockabilly." A perennial star on tour in Europe and Japan, Wanda's career revived back home in the '90s, thanks to true believers like Elvis Costello.

After singing in high school doo-wop groups, Fort Greene, Brooklyn's Jerome Anthony Gourdine joined a quartet called the Chesters, which included tenor Ernest Wright, Jr. and baritone Clarence Collins. The fivesome signed to George Goldner's End Records in 1958 as the Imperials featuring Little Anthony. His boyish vocal (redolent of Frankie Lymon) clicked with "Tears On My Pillow" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop," boosted by one of the most energetic stage shows around. Other hits included "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)," "Goin' Out of My Head," and "Hurt So Bad" that forever immortalized Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Rising from the Los Angeles metal underground in the early 1980s, Metallica quickly rose to become the most successful and acclaimed heavy metal band of their era - a position they've consistently held for over a quarter century. Founded by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, the group discovered a potent formula by combining the thrash metal of Motorhead with the industrial sound of Killing Joke. By the late 1980s, mainstream tastes were shifting over to metal and Metallica found themselves with a string of hit singles and sold-out stadiums across the globe. This month the band released Death Magnetic, a metal tour de force in the same vein as their landmark 1980s work.

More than any other act, Run-D.M.C. took hip-hop from the streets of New York to the national stage. The group gets deserved credit for its combinations of rock and rap - from their early use of guitars on tracks such as "Rock Box" to their ground -breaking collaboration with Aerosmith on their 1986 cover of "Walk This Way." But even more important was how Run-D.M.C and the late Jam Master Jay set the template for modern hip-hop, from their everyday-teenager style to their blazing live shows to a catalogue of classic songs that few rappers have matched: "It's Tricky," "My Adidas," "Peter Piper," "It's Like That," "Sucker MC's" and many more.

The "Big Bang" that became punk, alternative, heavy metal, new wave, grunge, hardcore and industrial music, could very well have been the advent of Iggy and the Stooges in Ann Arbor in the late 1960's. Immediately embraced in New York, London and Los Angeles for the nuclear-powered simplicity of their music, the ironic nihilism of their lyrics, and the persona of Iggy himself, the Stooges have become icons in the history of modern music. And if there is a national anthem for the far side (the underside?) of our rock and roll universe, it is certainly "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

The six founding members of War - the late Papa Dee Allen and Charles Miller, survivors Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, and Howard Scott - were gigging around L.A. for nearly a decade before hooking up with Eric Burdon (ex-Animals) and Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar in 1969. Burdon and producer Jerry Goldstein named them War and they backed it up with a steamy Afro-Latin R&B groove that rocked their debut hit "Spill The Wine." Less than two years later, Burdon dropped out and War went their own way in 1971. A long string of Top 10 pop/R&B crossover hits established War's status through the '70s, always with a social message grounded by their distinctively breezy Southern California vibe.

In a class with Sam Cooke and James Brown, his two older mentors, Bobby Womack's career spans over 55 years, back to sibling group the Womack Brothers. Cooke signed and renamed them the Valentinos, whose first two Womack-penned R&B hits became signatures for the Rolling Stones ("It's All Over Now," their first #1 UK hit) and J. Geils Band ("Lookin' For A Love"). Womack is a triple-threat: prolific solo artist, landmark session guitarist (Sam Cooke At the Copa, Aretha Now, Lady Soul, Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Sly's "There's A Riot Goin' On," the Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle," and many more), and master songwriter (Aretha's "Chain Of Fools," Wilson Picket's "I'm a Midnight Mover," Janis Joplin's "Trust Me," and countless others).

Five of the nine nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced in January 2009.

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction program will include a weeklong series of events culminating with the Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. Advance ticket sales for the events will be made available to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members and then to the public. For the latest information on inductee announcements, ticket packages, events, and other programs, fans can sign up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame newsletter at www.rockhall.com/induction2009.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.


[Published on: 9/22/08]

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phreak89 Mon 9/22/2008 10:36AM
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The "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame nominated Run-D.M.C.? Anybody else find that little strange?

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 10:48AM
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Phreak89 - No more than Metallica, who totally sucks! Run DMC has done more for rock and roll than Metallica ever will. Rock and roll today carries so much hip hop sound, and that may not have happened if Run didn't blend the two. And at least Run didn't try to kill trading music like Lars and the gold-toilet-seat-lovin' boys in Metallica did.

However, Bobby Womack, WAR and Jeff Beck deserve it more than any others listed.

Dicky79 starstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 10:49AM
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not as strange as the fact that the photo of jeff beck says "ryan adams" underneath it.

but really though, run DMC was the first hip hop act to ever blend "rock n roll" into their music. they were a huge influence in both rap and rock world becuase of it. walk this way, although maybe a little cheesy looking back, was a huge deal that had ramifications on music then and still to this day.

salmon401 Mon 9/22/2008 10:51AM
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Any attempt to understand the bands they nominate every year will only lead to frustration. I find it stranger that the picture above is labeled as being Ryan Adams when I think it is Jeff Beck.

DMBdreamingtree9 Mon 9/22/2008 10:51AM
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phreak, not entirely, they bridged rock and rap for the first culturally "successful" time wit Aerosmith back in 86. I highly doubt ridiculous Eminem would have sampled Aerosmith if it weren't for RUN D.M.C, same goes for any other rap artist who has used rock samples over the years.

j-bizzle Mon 9/22/2008 10:52AM
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come on jambase. that pic is of jeff beck, not ryan adams.... sloppy, i tell ya.

BRabbit Mon 9/22/2008 10:53AM
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Metallica does not suck.

iwantstogetfunkedup Mon 9/22/2008 10:59AM
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RUN DMC did have a bad ass song called "The King of Rock". This may have been what secured it for them. On the real, I think Run deserves this as much as anyone.

smokey82832 Mon 9/22/2008 11:00AM
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I thin run DMC should be in the HOF. But to say metallica doesn't deserve it is just plain ignorant and not taking an objective view....u may not like how they handle their business but for a decade they were the sound of metal ....U can't deny it....plus the new tour is selling out very quicky

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 11:02AM
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peaton Mon 9/22/2008 11:07AM
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chic? really? I can only think of one song that they did and it was made more popular by the sugarhill gang. And plus, they are more disco than anything and rock fans used to hate disco.

phreak89 Mon 9/22/2008 11:51AM
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I get the idea, I'll accept Run-D.M.C.'s nomination. And I defiantly do agree that Metallic is no better than the greedy swine of the music business.

ActualFactual Mon 9/22/2008 12:09PM
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I'm wondering others thoughts on this: Have Yes, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Rush, ELP and King Crimson contributed nothing of importance to rock and roll? Each one of these bands has sold millions of albums and played to huge numbers of people during their careers. Shouldn't they be giving some props to some of the architects of progressive late sixties/early seventies rock before they start picking rap and r&b artists for their outsider influence alone? Granted, every artist on this list has merit, but there are just too many great rock bands who get overlooked again and again each year because they're not critics darlings. I'd hate to see some of these great bands get awarded posthumously when the opportunity to recognize them while they're still alive comes and goes every single year.

ClaysTribe Mon 9/22/2008 12:20PM
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how awful of a list, if this be rock and roll than i sure do hate it

Jeff Kash Mon 9/22/2008 12:43PM
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moonsafari Mon 9/22/2008 12:47PM
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corey5 Mon 9/22/2008 12:47PM
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althogh i dislike metallica personally, they deserve to be in. but what about rush, the doobie bros, guess who, quicksilver, steve miller, jimmy buffett, little feat and quicksilver? And what abut jerry? i know the dead are in, but if other artists can be recoginzed for their solo material, then so should he. even though he hated the idea of a "hall of fame"

moonsafari Mon 9/22/2008 12:51PM
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Sixmilliondollarman starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/22/2008 12:53PM
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Why can't we be friends?

Flat5 Mon 9/22/2008 01:05PM
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Luthur star Mon 9/22/2008 01:35PM
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Moonsafari -

A band has to be out for 25 years to be eligible.

The RR Hall of Fame is a sham. No need to take any of this seriously. It is Jann Wenner's vanity project.

toulouse Mon 9/22/2008 01:35PM
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I wonder if WAR gets inducted if it will be the REAL WAR and not the single member with a bunch of unknowns. The REAL WAR (4 of 5 surviving members) has to use the name Lowrider Band because of some scumbag manager tricks that got pulled on them. The outfit that uses the name WAR is a bunch of thieves and undeserving of anything. Music biz sucks......

wagsinnorthernva starstar Mon 9/22/2008 01:39PM
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philhitz Mon 9/22/2008 02:05PM
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i'm sorry for dumping on this place because it is in my home state & i wish i didn't have to -- but this place lost any last shred of credibility when they enshrined Madonna last year -- granted this year's entrants seem most deserving -- but madonna was never "rock n' roll", nor from R&R's roots & that's what the title of the place is for godsake -- btw, when the f' is leon russell getting in? -- this place had potential to be a truly amazing place for fans of this genre of music -- the 9/5/95 show @ cleveland stadium that opened the place up was fabulous -- try to track this one down if you can & you'll see what i mean.

overall Mon 9/22/2008 02:47PM
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ActualFactual: Not that it's at all warranted, but the most widely-held public impression of '70s prog-rock is that it was/is an artificial genre maintaining little value beyond that of pleasing the personal tastes of electro techy geeks and Star Trek fans.

JDMethod star Mon 9/22/2008 03:24PM
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I will recognize the hall of fame when they put true musicians in there. No Leon Russell that makes it a sham.

PooDolla Mon 9/22/2008 03:37PM
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You don't actually have to be "rock 'n roll" anymore to get into their hall of fame. Madonna got in last year and it was all controversial but it opened hte doors for all sorts of music to get in. On another note, listen to "Ride the Lightning" or "Master of Puppets" and if you still think Metallica sucks you may want to check to see if you have lost your balls.

PooDolla Mon 9/22/2008 03:38PM
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Or maybe you never had any to begin with? I don't know.

nugghupher Mon 9/22/2008 03:50PM
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metallica is good at what they did, and r grreddy grimy pigs, but i do think they should be in. lets not forget how big Metallica was back in the day. Metallica not my style but i do agree.

Nate Mon 9/22/2008 07:17PM
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So has anyone else heard about the Koka Booth amphitheater in Cary NC shutting down the Hall of Fame Benefit show right before Pete Townshend was going to play?? O yeah and they might be fining the people who put on the CHARITY SHOW because it ran till almost midnight....Jack Bruce's set cut by a good 6 songs...this could go on and on.. No one should ever go back to that venue until there is new ownership.

groovatronics Mon 9/22/2008 08:46PM
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now THAT is a sham. and the stooges? no one cares that it took this long for them to get nominated? and actualfactual, i cannot even believe how bunk this list is if every one of those bands is not already on it. next they're gonna tell me the allmans' and jimi and led zeppelin didn't actually make the cut either.

what a world we live in.

groovatronics Mon 9/22/2008 08:47PM
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groovatronics Mon 9/22/2008 08:53PM
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oh and one more thing, as much as you all hate metallica, you must once again have to try to respect music with regards to it's context.. and, (not to sound too vh1 on ya, but) at one point, metallica did rule most of the world. it's like saying nirvana had no affect on music today.

sk8er4ever0101 Mon 9/22/2008 10:00PM
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jeff beck has been in there, with the yardbirds.....read the article...much moreso the history.

Metallica was great, new albums from load on, not so much, for any of you to say black album was not GREAT is nuts.

good luck to em, jeff deffinatly deserves it again

Bowmansbump Tue 9/23/2008 06:29AM
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As a guitarist, Jeff Beck is a HUGE influence, not only on myself but pretty much every other guitarist I know. Blow by Blow is epic! As funky as Headhunters, but with more guitar...check out Thelonious. Also, agree with the general consensus of Metallica acting like nazis towards their fanbase but yet being extremely influential regarding their impact on heavy metal music. Much better selections this year than last-- Madonna and Melencamp=AWFUL

gregboyer Tue 9/23/2008 07:59AM
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The "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame is a big pile of shit. Madonna belongs in a pop hof but has no business there as she is nowhere near rock n roll. Drum machines with no guitar is not rock n roll and neither is "sampling" because you lack the talent to make your own fucking music, which is the world run-dmc "opened up" with Walk This Way. When Rush and King Crimson are put in a rap hof this might make sense. I don't see that happening. This place was worth visiting several years ago but has lost all credibility with their recent inductees while snubbing great bands that actually played ROCK. What's next, soccer players in the baseball hof because they don't have the balls to put the all-time hits leader (Pete Rose) in?

crowesfan Tue 9/23/2008 09:15AM
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Jeff Beck is supersick at the guitar as everyone already knows. Check out Truth and Blow by Blow to get a feel for how good he is. What about the Red Hot Chili Peppers not getting a nomination, they have been around for 25 years.

DAMONCORY star Tue 9/23/2008 09:40AM
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The R&R hall of fame is a sham with no credibilty. & even so, Biggie over Run DMC = please tell me your kidding. you now have as much crediblity as the hall.

ergasm Tue 9/23/2008 11:42AM
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To everybody who always complains about this topic....don't you think R & R Hall of Fame knows a little more...? Leave the ones alone you disagree with and praise the ones you like!

theragman Tue 9/23/2008 12:57PM
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that's a pretty weak list.

dpar1 Tue 9/23/2008 01:02PM
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Jeff Beck and Metallica are the only two who deserve it.

futhepharmer starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/23/2008 07:58PM
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futhepharmer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2009! I'll be rolling up in my hoopty limo! It's All Good!

bone33 Wed 9/24/2008 05:37AM
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Have to agree with ActualFactual! Prog Rock is like a stepchild when it comes to RHOF. Who's will be voted in before YES, King Crimson, Rush or Genesis next year, N'Sync? The RHOF has become a joke by the standards of real musicians and roots music fans. Sorry but its all about dollars anymore and Rolling Stone Magazine is spearheading this garbage. F$@% Rolling Stone!

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Wed 9/24/2008 07:22AM
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don't you think R & R Hall of Fame knows a little more...? HAHAHAHAHA Thanks for that one, I needed that this morning