Rock History

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
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.