One Hundred Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Is Not In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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April 27, 2013

With yet another Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held this past April 18th, and once again guitar maestro Stevie Ray Vaughan was not included among those honored that night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angles.  This year’s inductees were Rush, Randy Newman, Albert King, Public Enemy, Quincy Jones, Lou Adler and Donna Summer.  Really?  Donna Summer is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame before Stevie Ray Vaughan?  Why is she even inducted in the rock Hall of Fame in the first place?  The Hall of Fame seems to have a long history of rigging the vote, accused of inducting a person or group because of enhanced ceremony ticket sales over actual votes cast, however for one of the greatest guitarists in rock/blues history to be passed over in favor of Public Enemy, Quincy Jones and Donna Summer is a joke.  Although I live within two hundred miles of the Hall of Fame, I have no intention of ever going because their list of inductees and deserving bands that have never been inducted is an insult to rockers of every generation.

The following are one hundred reasons why Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest guitarists ever, and arguably the one who played with the most passion and fire, is not inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame:

1.   James Brown  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986)
2.   Jimmy Yancey  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986)
3.   Jimmie Rodgers  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986)
4.   The Coasters  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
5.   Aretha Franklin  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
6.   Marvin Gaye  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
7.   Louis Jordon  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
8.   Clyde McPhatter  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
9.   Smokey Robinson  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
10.   Hank Williams  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
11.   Jackie Wilson  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
12.   The Drifters  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
13.   Berry Gordy, Jr.  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
14.   Woody Guthrie  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
15.   The Supremes  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
16.   The Ink Spots  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
17.   Bessie Smith  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
18.   The Soul Stirrers  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
19.   The Temptations  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
20.   Stevie Wonder  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
21.   Louis Armstrong  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
22.   Charlie Christian  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
23.   The Four Seasons  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
24.   The Four Tops  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
25.   Holland, Dozier, Holland  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
26.   The Platters  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
27.   Ma Rainey  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
28.   Hank Ballard  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
29.   LaVern Baker  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991)
30.   The Impressions  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991)
31.   Dave Bartholomew  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991)
32.   Johnny Cash  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992)
33.   The Isley Brothers  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992)
34.   Doc Pomus  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992)
35.   Ruth Brown  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993)
36.   Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993)
37.   Dinah Washington  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993)
38.   Johnny Otis  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994)
39.   Al Green  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995)
40.   Martha And The Vandellas  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995)
41.   The Orioles  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995)
42.   Gladys Knight And The Pips  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996)
43.   Pete Seeger  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996)
44.   The Shirelles  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996)
45.   The Bee Gees  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
46.   The Jackson 5  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
47.   Mahalia Jackson  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
48.   Bill Monroe  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
49.   Jelly Roll Morton  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998)
50.   Lloyd Price  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998)
51.   Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
52.   Charles Brown  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
53.   Curtis Mayfield  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
54.   The Staple Singers  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
55.   Earl Palmer  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
56.   Hal Blaine  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
57.   Nat “King” Cole  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
58.   Earth, Wind And Fire  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
59.   Billie Holiday  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
60.   James Jamerson  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
61.   The Moonglows  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
62.   The Flamingos  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001)
63.   Michael Jackson  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001)
64.   Chet Atkins  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002)
65.   Isaac Hayes  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002)
66.   Brenda Lee  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002)
67.   Floyd Kramer  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003)
68.   Benny Benjamin  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003)
69.   The Righteous Brothers  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003)
70.   The Dells  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004)
71.   Prince   (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004)
72.   The O’Jays  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005)
73.   Percy Sledge  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005)
74.   Miles Davis  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006)
75.   Blondie  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006)
76.   Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007)
77.   The Ronettes  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007)
78.   Madonna  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008)
79.   The Ventures  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008)
80.   Bill Black  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
81.   Little Anthony And The Imperials  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
82.   Run-D.M.C.  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
83.   Bobby Womack  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
84.   DJ Fontana  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
85.   ABBA  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010)
86.   Jimmy Cliff  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010)
87.   Neil Diamond  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011)
89.   Darlene Love  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011)
89.   The Beastie Boys  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
90.   The Blue Caps  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
91.   The Comets  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
92.   The Crickets  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
93.   The Famous Flames  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
94.   The Midnighters  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
95.   The Miracles  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
96.   Laura Nyro  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
97.   Lou Adler  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)
98.   Quincy Jones  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)
99.   Public Enemy  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)
100.  Donna Summer  (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)

Granted, 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.   Iggy Pop
20.   J. Geils Band
21.   James Gang
22.   Jethro Tull
23.   Jimmie Vaughan
24.   Joe Walsh
25.   John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
26.   Johnny Winter
27.   Journey
28.   Judas Priest
20.   King Crimson
30.   Little Feat
31.   Lonnie Mack
32.   Lou Reed
33.   Marshall Tucker Band
34.   MC5
35.   Michael Bloomfield
36.   Montrose
37.   Moody Blues
38.   Mott The Hoople
39.   Mountain
40.   Nazareth
41.   New Riders Of The Purple Sage
42.   Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
43.   Outlaws
44.   Ozzy Osbourne
45.   Pat Travers
46.   Paul Butterfield Blues Band
47.   Peter Gabriel
48.   Peter Green
49.   Procol Harum
50.   Pure Prairie League
51.   Rainbow
52.   Rick Derringer
53.   Robin Trower
54.   Savoy Brown
55.   Spirit
56.   Stephen Stills
57.   Steppenwolf
58.   Steve Miller
59.   Styx
60.   T Rex
61.   Ten Years After
62.   The Doobie Brothers
63.   The New York Dolls
64.   Thin Lizzy
65.   UFO
66.   Uriah Heep
67.   Walter Trout
68.   Yes

This list of bands that have yet to be inducted into the Rock And 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 on August 13, 1987 during the band’s tour in support of its then recently released live album “Live Alive.”  This show was prior to the state fair charging administration to their concerts and as such, seating was general admission.  I remember getting to the grandstand early as to get good seats to shoot these photographs and seeing a rather large area down front reserved for VIPs.  Needless to say, I was pissed!

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment.  Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!  After making my final review of this post, I did not like the color scheme of the mats on the sixth photograph, however, I decided that it was way too much work to redo it and kept it as is.

Steven H. Spring


33 thoughts on “One Hundred Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Is Not In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  1. Im totally agreeing with you on just about all of this….Public Enemy?? ABBA?? Were they really playing Rock and Roll….I think not….what a tragedy…This really is down right ridiculous…..Steve Ray should be inducted way before about half of the inductees……Just goes to show that it is definately rigged.

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  4. With the induction of Albert King…the man that SRV referred to as his God Father….it only seems fitting that SRV should have been among the inductees…why are his Idols including Jimmy Vaughan not screaming about this?? SRV and the others listed above that have yet to be inducted such as Thin Lizzy, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Charlie Daniels, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, and many others… give one the impression that all is not as it should be in the selection process at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. SRV became eligible to be inducted in 2008 and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. Guitar World Magazine ranked him at number 8 out of 100 in the WORLD and Rolling Stone (obviously considered a rock magazine) listed him at number 7 out of 100 Guitar Greats of ALL TIME!! Its about time to give tribute to the man who is an inspiration to many Rock and blues artists of his generation and many to come. Many of the bands that have been inducted are about as close to Rock and Roll bands as they are to Gospel. Why is there such a mishmosh listing of musicians among those inducted? Maybe it is more about being politically correct now a days than sticking to the proper genre. If the many bands listed are considered Rock and Roll then obviously SRV jams should be as well. Jimi Hindrix himself would surely be all for it…

  5. Are you serious with your obviously RACE CONSCIOUS article? The term rock and roll does not ONLY refer to white guys in rock bands. Rock adn Roll is referring to modern American music as a whole otherwise we would have no R&B, no Jazz, no Blues singers in the Hall of Fame. Donna Summer spearheaded a genre of music that embraced gay culture, black dance music and overall dance music. YES, Stevie Ray Vaughan belongs in the Hal of Fame. Moreso than Randy Newman in my opinion. Your list of people who should be in the Hall of Fame doe snot have ONE black music act. So obvious what your agenda is. Public Enemy redefined a new music genre whether you care for that genre or not. They belong there too. Music is changing and like generations before us, I see you are hesitant to embrace the new kids on the block. Especially black ones.

    • To imply that my article is race based can be no further from the truth. You’re right that my list of influential bands that deserve to be in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame are probably all white (I forget every band on my list), but rock music for the most part has been a white man’s music. Granted, rock music emerged from the blues, and many of rock’s early pioneers were black men such as Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard. And then arguably rock’s all-time greatest guitarist was Jimi Hendrix. Young, white English bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Animals and The Yardbirds took the blues, amped it up and in the words of Muddy Waters, the blues had a baby and they named it rock and roll.

      I agree that rock and roll should not refer to only white guys in rock bands, but rock and roll does imply that a band of any color be rock. Disco is definitely not rock and roll and has no place in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. And neither does rap. Let them have their own hall of fame. Would you induct Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan into a disco or rap hall of fame? No.

      So obvious what my agenda is? What exactly is my agenda, other than seeing the most influential rock bands be inducted into its hall of fame? As for my musical tastes, I do not rock much these days, as the blues have long been my favorite genre of music. I discovered the blues listening to the Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band, among many others. These days, I am much more inclined to listen to Muddy Waters (Muddy was The Man, did you happen to see the photos I posted of him?), Albert King (my favorite King), B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, John Lee Hooker or Robert Johnson as I am a white rock band.

      Granted, as I age, I am hesitant to embrace newer music, however this has nothing to do with the performers being black or white, it only has to do with getting older. For the most part, the only rock bands I listen to now days are records from the late ’60s through the mid ’70s, when Big Money took over the rock industry and every band started sounding the same. That was also when I started listening to more and more blues.

      You are wrong to assume my article is based solely on race. I hope you chose to be notified of my reply so that you receive my response. You entire assumption is completely false.

      Steven H. Spring

      • The inductees reflect a wide array of genres. You may not like the rules, but that’s the reality. With this in mind and looking at the big picture, to suggest that Iron Butterfield ( I assume you mean Iron Butterfly), Steve Miller, and others should be in the RRHOF ahead of Hank Williams and James Brown is nonsense. By the way, I like Iron Butterfly, but they only have a small number of really good songs.

        As for Stevie Vaughn, once you get past the media hype, there’s little substance. No originality, very poor lyrics and too many cover songs. Texas Flood ( I know its a cover) is really Hendrix’s Red House; the same with Soul To Soul and Jimi’s Rainy Day. His body of work does not justify RRHOF stature.

    • Steven, there are many on your list that WILL get inducted; and a few who are in already. Ozzy Osbourne was inducted with Black Sabbath. Peter Gabriel and Steven Stills are there, too. I would suggest you take a course on Popular Music History. You would discover that the FOUNDATION of Rock and Roll music is being recognized. The genres include Gospel, Country, the Blues, Folk, R&B, Jazz, and Traditional Pop. Yes, many originated from the African-American culture. You do have a right to express your opinion, although some details may not be accurate.

      BTW, do you know what artist won the very first Grammy for “Best Rock Performance”? That Grammy went to the wonderful DONNA SUMMER! Also, please recall what genre Disco music evolved. Donna should have been in there years ago while she was still alive. I would love to see Journey and KISS inducted in the near future. Good day.

      • Kariann,

        Thank you very much for taking the time to both read and respond to my post. Granted, Ozzie Osbourne is in the Hall as a member of Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel as a member of Genesis and Stephen Stills as a member of both Crosby, Stills & Nash and Buffalo Springfield, however I include them on my list of deserving inductees due to the influence of their thirty year solo careers.

        Let me also say that I do know a little of the origins of rock and roll. Did you see my previous post of my photos of Muddy Waters? I must admit that I stopped listening to rock and roll sometime during the mid to late ’70s, which coincidentally was the beginning of the heyday of disco. These days, if I listen to any rock album, it most likely is something from the late ’60s through early ’70s, which to me is rock’s greatest period. These days, I listen to a little bit of everything (except disco and rap), but the blues is what I love most.

        If we’re going to include all early influences of rock and roll, where does it end? If we include Hank Williams, Sr., do we also include Irish jig music as an early influence of country music? If we include blues musicians as an early influence (I think we should since the blues and rock are basically the same music, and Albert King, one of this year’s inductees is my favorite King), do we include American field hollers and musicians as far back to western Africa as the origins of blues music? Where does an early influence end, the cave man banging two sticks together, getting his groove on? The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band all have some really great country sounding stuff. The Stones version of Robert Johnson’s Love In Vain is one of my all-time favorite songs. I haven’t yet decided whether it’s blues or country, but it’s a great, great song. Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd have a lot of great country music on their albums. Then, if you consider the music of the New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Poco and Gram Parsons, should all these bands be included into the Country Music Hall Of Fame as later influences?

        As for Donna Summer winning the very first Grammy for “Best Rock Performance,” I will take you word for it, as I pay absolutely no attention to any award show. All these shows are based far more on popularity than talent or greatness. Didn’t Jethro Tull win the Grammy’s first heavy metal award? I have a song half written in which I make fun of the fact that there are now more than a hundred different award shows. One thing we Americans do best is to boast how great we are. In an interesting tidbit, at one time Journey was one of my favorite bands. I love their first three albums. Then they hired Steve Perry as lead singer, and for me went from a great, heavily instrumental band to a top forty hit machine selling millions of records. Next, Journey’s third album was also the last album I bought by the band. But that’s just me!

        Steven Spring

  6. Just to let everyone know….the lead singer of Thin Lizzy was black….(they definately should be inducted)…Nobody is being racsist. I love Donna Summer.,..I saw her in the movie “Thank God its Friday”, back in the 70’s…she was a beautiful lady, great performer and singer and had a great presence about her….BUT her music was definately what we would have considered Disco in the 70’s….

    I know for certain that Thin Lizzy’s lead singer was black…..Im sure that there are others on the list that he would like to see inducted that at least had black members in their band. Michael Jackson was called the King of Pop because his music was just that. (He was my favorite singer when I was in High School) Some of his music is probably closer to Rock than ABBA or Neil Diamond…. In my opinion there are several white bands on the list that shouldnt be…. Loved the Bee Gee’s back in the day….but honestly to me they are Disco or would be considered easy listening….not really Rock….I just really dont understand why SRV hasnt been inducted….his idols were Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Muddy Waters, his brother and others….He liked all types of music…I like all kinds of music as well….There is room enough in this world for all types….Just dont understand what the definition of Rock and Roll is anymore I guess.

    • Thank you for reading and replying to my post, “100 Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.” I do not understand why some readers of this post seem to believe the basis of my article is that black artists should not be in the Rock Hall of Fame. There is absolutely nothing in my article to suggest that. To me, the only criteria as to whether any artist is eligible for the rock hall is whether they played rock & roll.

      Should Hank Williams, Sr. be in the rock hall? No. Should Donna Summer be in the rock hall? No. Should the Jackson 5 be in the rock hall? No. It is after all, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If the hall wants to document early influences of rock music and offshoots of the music, fine, let the hall feature an exhibit of such acts.

      Pop music is the antitheses of rock & roll, as was disco. If the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame wants to include everything from country to pop to disco to rap along with rock music, fine, let’s call the hall the Americana Music Hall of Fame. However, to call it the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a misnomer when you induct artists such as Hank Williams, ABBA and Donna Summer among the many others who have nothing whatsoever to do with rock music at the expense of such deserving artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robin Trower or Joe Walsh.

      Speaking of Phil Lynott, I believe I posted several of my photos I shot of Thin Lizzy around 1980 or so already on WordPress. If I did, it was probably about a year ago. Maybe I should re-post them.

      Steven Spring

  7. Just a quick reply Steven…there is a 10 minute video presentation at the RRHOF called, “Midnight Train.” It explains the roots to Rock and Roll. Your questions would be answered if you view it or had access to it. The seven genres I mentioned are covered. I took a teacher’s workshop and two seminars at the Rock Hall and so much of what you talk about is covered. I hope I didn’t sound disrespectful; that wasn’t my intent.

  8. Kariann,

    I take no disrespect from your responses to my post. I am very aware of all the musical influences of rock & roll. I do know it’s history. I just think it’s silly to call it the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when you’re gonna induct musicians of every musical genre, all the while leaving out many of the greatest bands to have actually played rock music. If we’re gonna induct musicians of every genre, let’s just call it the American Music Hall of Fame.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to read my posts!!!

    Steven Spring

  9. It is a travesty that Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. And also Jimmy Vaughn and the Thunderbirds have been excluded. I have lost my respect for the voting establishment. I am a baby boomer and probably when I am dead will they wake up and vote for them. I pray sooner than later!
    A fan!!!

    • Yes, yes you are so on point….other greats that should already be inducted are Buddy Holly, Bill Haley (The Big Bopper… he sang Rock around the Clock, Chantilly Lace,) Ritchie Valenz, and Chubbie Checker…..these artists are at the grass roots of Rock and Roll….just like SRV is at the roots of what I would call Texas Rock and Roll Blues. There are songs that he sang that are Rock like Pride and Joy, Look at Little Sister as well as others. If we are going to be politically correct and induct anyone that had hit songs….SRV and ZZ Top would have to be included as well…..The artists that have been inducted have all sang different types of songs….Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash have all been at one point classified as country. The Bee Gees, Earth, Wind, and Fire, ABBA and Donna Summer would have been considered Disco or Pop back in the day. If you were old enough to listen to the radio and remember the songs back then….you know the difference between what was considered pop and rock no matter what the proper “definition”

      SRV has also sang Rock songs as well such as Pride and Joy, Voodoo Chile and Crossfire which was actually on the Billboard charts in the 80’s. There are other songs that he sang as well which would be considered Rock… Eric Clapton’s Layla, Knocking on Heavens Door. What about LYNYRD SKYNYRD!! Is there anyone in the US that hasnt sang along to SWEET HOME ALABAMA??

      I really believe that the voting system for the RRHOF…needs to be reconsidered…..There are even groups that should be taken out of the RRHOF and replaced in my opinion…

  10. I couldn’t agree more….a big travesty. The name of RRHOF should flat be changed to something like Music Hall of Fame because no matter what foundation of music many of these bands represent …. Its not rock

  11. If a `long-ignored inductee` translates into better hype, you can easily see why this is the case. I’ll tune in to the SRV induction for sure!

    • I certainly don’t mean to imply that maybe I’m be being manipulated or managed in some way by the media and entertainment industry. . . ..

      • Travis, thanks for reading and replying to my post concerning Stevie Ray and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Aren’t we all, to some extent, being manipulated by the media and entertainment industry? Just look at what passes for talent now days. I stopped listening to the radio sometime around the early 1980s, choosing instead to listen to the music I like, commercial free! Right now, I’m listening to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2 (Live In The Seventies) box set.


    • Sweet dill, thanks for taking the time to read my article. That is obviously a typo, as we both know I should have listed the band as Iron Butterfly. When compiling the list, I most likely got to thinking of Paul Butterfield after typing Butter. I need to go back and edit this mistake.


  12. Its really sad to see a master at his talent get pushed over or pushed away by lesser talents..Stevie Ray Vaughan was by far one of the greatest guitarist ever play the guitar, maybe we should start a petition to get Stevie Ray on the top!

    • Richard, thanks for reading my article! The rock hall is a joke. There is some sort of petition drive on Facebook. We fans of Stevie Ray don’t really need his induction into the hall of fame, we have all his great music to verify his status of a guitar master!!!


  13. Hi again Steve;

    Yep I do think the marketing and media industries are using all forms of ethical and unethical forms of manipulation, for centuries really. And that many people are fully taken by it; and many others try to resist it, or are more aware of it’s effect, but I do think that when it comes to images, forms, emotions, as well as mimicry, social status, and other needs, human behavior is very easy influenced, and it’s very difficult not to be swayed even a little bit, by the siren’s call of advertising media.

    My point in first post is that it’s all the same industry, with it’s own pat-on-the-back recognition ceremonies, trying to create hype, to promote more music sales, and of course also to honor the artist. When I thought about the “outrage” of ignoring someone like SRV, I thought, now why would they do that, what do they have to gain? It seemed obvious. Perhaps the “they” who influence the selection process are planning to time it nicely with some new undiscovered recordings, re-mixes, or a movie or bio, or some other legal wranglings are going on, in order to build the induction of SRV into a huge marketing opportunity and ensure they’re positioned to maximize from it. Right now I’m listening to Joe Ely Live at Liberty Lunch. Cheers, Rock on!

    • Travis, thanks for comment! Judging by the new listing of 2014 inductees, record sales definitely seems to be a major criteria in the selection process. The rock hall has been accused several times over the years of inducting artists who will sell tickets to the induction ceremony.


  14. The fact the Deep Purple wasn’t one of the first few bands inducted, if only for the world renowned song Smoke on the Water, let alone their large catalog of great rock albums, made me ignore anything the so called rock & roll hall of fame had to report to the media. What a joke.

    Now it’s 2019 almost, and legends like Robin Trower, The Outlaws, and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow are still excluded. WTF?
    I say ‘go piss up a rope” to the supposed rock & roll hall of fame –
    You don’t even exist as far as I’m concerned.

    • Dr. Hedren,

      Thanks for checking out my post!!! I listened to Robin Trower all afternoon. Making it far worse than all those great bands that have never been inducted is some of the bands that are inducted.


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