Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Just in case you consider this important, the 2005 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.
They are:

Percy Sledge
The O’Jays
Buddy Guy
U2
The Pretenders

Those nominated but not inducted were:

J. Geils Band
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Wanda Jackson
Randy Newman
Conway Twitty
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gram Parsons
Patti Smith

I actually think the physical Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building is pretty cool in a Disneyesque kind of way but we all know that any attempts at trying to immortalize and categorize rock and roll in this way is bound to fail since the primary criteria for entrance to the Hall of Fame is record sales for the most part. Granted inducting the Ramones goes against the grain but look at the people behind the Hall of Fame and you will realize that they probably don’t get many of their records from Norton or Bomp! I always considered this stuff frivolous but fun. I don’t get up in arms over the whole thing, I just go along with it in the moment and then move on to the latest releases from Elephant Stone or Fastlane Records or some other cool, small indie label for my real rock and roll fix. That being said, I actually like the inductees and most of those that didn’t “make the cut” but I would appreciate it if somebody could clue me in on what Conway Twitty’s role was in rock and roll history. Thanks.
Later.

10 Comments

  1. From Twitty’s web page http://www.conwaytwitty.com

    “Ironically, Conway Twitty didn’t break through with rockabilly music the way the others (Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash) did. He scored his first #1 hit with the powerful teen ballad, ‘It’s Only Make Believe’ on MGM in 1958. It was the first of dozens of emotion-packed Conway Twitty compositions that have hit the top of the charts.”

    “Eight years and three gold records later, Twitty decided to make a change. Despite his wide success as a rock’n’roll star, Twitty was writing country songs as early as 1960.”

  2. I understand that conway wrote and recorded its only make believe in 1958 and that he was part of the rock and roll era, but a rock star he wasn’t.
    I was a big and still am fan of conway’s.
    theres nothing he recorded that I donnt have a copy of including his somewhat of a hit “Is a bluebird blue”, but to induct him in the rock and roll hall of fame would be a slap to his face.He was “The Best Friend a Song Ever Had”.A country song. You guys should have been more worried about keeping Twitty City open instead of selling it, than to have him put in a place he doesnt belong.

  3. I AM A BIG;BIG FAN OF CONWAYS AND I BELIEVE HE
    WAS AS GOOD AS ANYONE IN COUNTRY MUSIC TODAY.
    HE AND LORETTA MADE SWEET MUSIC TOGETHER WHEN
    THEY SANG TOGETHER.
    MY FAVORITES ARE ITS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE AND HELLO DARLIN.

    ANNAMARIE

  4. As far as Rock History goes, I don’t know why Neil Diamond is not in there. I figured since Gerry Goffin and Carole King are in, he should be too. The others that should be in, I’m sure will be in eventually. Bands like Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yes, Steve Miller Band, J.Geils Band are locks. Artists such as Barry White, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and even Three Dog Night desreve recognition too.

  5. Van Halen should be in. It is complete BS that they have been overlooked. Eddie Van Halen is the greatest lead guitarist since Hendrix. Come on wake up!!!

  6. C’mon!!!
    When will Van Halen finally be recognized!
    I mean they were a huge part of rock and Roll, and not only did they have incredible hits, they have an incredibly powerful and talented lineup! I mean EVH, one of (if not the best) guitarest of Rock and Roll. AVH, one of the best rock drummers of our time (who i think is overlooked), M.A. is an incredibly talented Bassist, who is also over looked. And they have also had great frontmen. David Lee Roth, and Sammy Hagar, both have different strengths and weaknesses, but are both superrior none the less. Gary Cherone was also very talented but was on a different page then Van Halen, he was good but not the Van Halen type.

    PS: What are they thinking replacing Michael Anthony with Wolfgang Van Halen! WVH is like 16 years old! Sure he’s Eddie’s kid, but come on! If they make a reunion tour in ’07 I believe it should be the reunion of “THE VAN HALEN” not just David Lee Roth. VH dont take it personal, just expressing my opinion, and i’d see you guys in ’07 regardless. but you guys should go in Canada too and hit the classic cities like Toronto and Montreal, (and maybe Vancouver), so try and make it a super tour and hit all of the big cities of the History of Vanh Halen.

    PSS: If Van Halen is Inducted, induct DLR and SH, make it a “Special” induction, they both have very important roles in the Van Halen story. GC, well he was only around for one album, and that awsnt a very big hit, so i dont think he has made a big enough contribution to the band’s story.

    PSS: Give some feed back guys.

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