Eighty-Five Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame   1 comment

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The following are reasons why Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll history, is not inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame:

1.     James Brown (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1986)
2.     Ray Charles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1986)
3.     Jimmie Rodgers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1986)
4.     The Coasters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
5.     Aretha Franklin (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
6.     Marvin Gaye (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
7.     Louis Jordon (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
8.     Clyde McPhatter (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
9.     Smokey Robinson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
10.   Hank Williams (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
11.   Jackie Wilson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
12.   The Drifters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
13.   Berry Gordy, Jr.  (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
14.   Woody Guthrie (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
15.   The Supremes (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
16.   The Ink Spots (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
17.   Bessie Smith (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
18.   The Soul Stirrers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
19.   The Temptations (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
20.   Stevie Wonder (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
21.   Louis Armstrong (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
22.   Charlie Christian (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
23.   The Four Seasons (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
24.   The Four Tops (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
25.   Holland, Dozier, Holland (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
26.   The Platters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
27.   Ma Rainey (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
28.   LaVern Baker (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1991)
29.   The Impressions (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1991)
30.   Johnny Cash (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1992)
31.   The Isley Brothers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1992)
32.   Doc Pomus (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1992)
33.   Ruth Brown (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1993)
34.   Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1993)
35.   Dinah Washington (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1993)
36.   Johnny Otis (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1994)
37.   Al Green (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1995)
38.   Martha And The Vandellas (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1995)
39.   The Orioles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1995)
40.   Gladys Knight And The Pips (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1996)
41.   Pete Seeger (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1996)
42.   The Shirelles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1996)
43.   The Bee Gees (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
44.   The Jackson 5 (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
45.   Mahalia Jackson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
46.   Bill Monroe (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
47.   Jelly Roll Morton (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1998)
48.   Lloyd Price (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1998)
49.   Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
50.   Charles Brown (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
51.   Curtis Mayfield (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
52.   The Staple Singers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
53.   Nat “King” Cole (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
54.   Earth, Wind And Fire (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
55.   Billie Holiday (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
56.   James Jamerson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
57.   The Moonglows (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
58.   The Flamingos (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2001)
59.   Michael Jackson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2001)
60.   Isaac Hayes (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2002)
61.   Brenda Lee (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2002)
62.   Benny Benjamin (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2003)
63.   The Righteous Brothers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2003)
64.   The Dells (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2004)
65.   Prince (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2004)
66.   The O’Jays (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2005)
67.   Percy Sledge (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2005)
68.   Miles Davis (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2006)
69.   Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2007)
70.   The Ronettes (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2007)
71.   Madonna (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2008)
72.   The Ventures (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2008)
73.   Little Anthony And The Imperials (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2009)
74.   Run-D.M.C.  (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2009)
75.   Bobby Womack (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2009)
76.   ABBA (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2010)
77.   Jimmy Cliff (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2010)
78.   Neil Diamond (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2011)
79.   Darlene Love (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2011)
80.   The Beastie Boys (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
81.   The Blue Caps (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
82.   The Comets (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
83.   The Famous Flames (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
84.   The Midnighters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
85.   The Miracles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)

Granted, many of these artists had great careers and contributed immensely to the music of America, however, does that make them eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?  I think not.  Along with Stevie Ray, the following bands or guitarists have yet to be inducted into the Hall (in alphabetical order):

1.     America
2.     Bad Company
3.     Blue Oyster Cult
4.     Charlie Daniels Band
5.     Chicago
6.     Dave Mason
7.     David Gilmour
8.     Deep Purple
9.     Elvin Bishop
10.   Emerson, Lake & Palmer
11.   Flying Burrito Bros.
12.   Free
13.   Gary Moore
14.   George Thorogood & The Destroyers
15.   Grand Funk Railroad
16.   Gram Parsons
17.   Humble Pie
18.   Iron Butterfly
19.   Iron Maiden
20.   Iggy Pop
21.   J. Geils Band
22.   James Gang
23.   Jethro Tull
24.   Jimmie Vaughan
25.   Joe Walsh
26.   John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
27.   Johnny Winter
28.   Journey
29.   Judas Priest
30.   King Crimson
31.   Little Feat
32.   Lonnie Mack
33.   Lou Reed
34.   Marshall Tucker Band
35.   MC5
36.   Michael Bloomfield
37.   Montrose
38.   Moody Blues
39.   Mott The Hoople
40.   Mountain
41.   Nazareth
42.   New Riders Of The Purple Sage
43.   Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
44.   Outlaws
45.   Ozzy Osbourne
46.   Pat Travers
47.   Paul Butterfield Blues Band
48.   Peter Gabriel
49.   Peter Green
50.   Procol Harum
51.   Pure Prairie League
52.   Rainbow
53.   Rick Derringer
54.   Robin Trower
55.   Rush
56.   Savoy Brown
57.   Spirit
58.   Stephen Stills
59.   Steppenwolf
60.   Steve Miller
61.   Styx
62.   T Rex
63.   Ten Years After
64.   The Doobie Brothers
65.   The New York Dolls
66.   Thin Lizzy
67.   UFO
68.   Uriah Heep
69.   Walter Trout
70.   Yes

This list of bands that have yet to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame includes some of the greatest guitarists and most influential bands that made their name during rock’s heyday of the 1960s and ‘70s.  How these bands are not in the Hall Of Fame is astonishing when you consider many of the names that have been inducted.  If the only criteria for induction is that it has been twenty-five years since their first record was released, maybe this benchmark should be amended.  It just might be possible that twenty-five years is much too long for those who vote for induction to remember the significance of a particular group or artist.  How else can a person explain how many if not all of the bands listed above have yet to be inducted?

The above photos of Stevie Ray were shot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, USA in either 1986 or ‘87, as I forget exactly what year this concert was.  This show was prior to the state fair charging administration to their concerts and as such, I have no ticket stub to serve as a reminder.

Steven H. Spring

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One response to “Eighty-Five Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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  1. I am shocked that SRV, one of the greatest blues/rock guitarists of all time, who could sing, too, is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Where is your credibility??

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