ALMOST (BUT NOT QUITE) TOO LATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING NOW…

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is about to induct Ringo Starr for “Musical Excellence.” This is a category they came up with a few years ago to presumably reward folks who didn’t fit any easy categorization (sometime hitmaker, longtime ace sideman, and all around general eccentric, Leon Russell, was an early and deserving beneficiary of the new approach).

David Cantwell has an excellent piece up on Glen Campbell and, though he doesn’t mention the Rock hall, it serves as a fine argument for why Campbell, stricken with Alzheimer’s in recent years, would be a much more deserving recipient than Ringo or just about anybody else who is likely to strike the nominating committee’s fancy. And I’ll just add that it would have been awfully nice to do it this year, when Glen, whose music meant so much to so many of us, might still be cognizant enough to appreciate it.

You know, if they were going to expand the category to guys who sold millions of records and all:

and speaking of people who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

[NOTE: Glen is, incidentally, in the Country Hall of Fame…I’ll be posting a little tribute to its newest members in a day or so]

 

2 thoughts on “ALMOST (BUT NOT QUITE) TOO LATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING NOW…

  1. Thanks for the shout out, sir. And yes Campbell should be in the Rock Hall even if his solo career had never took off–for my money the entire Wrecking Crew should be inducted–but then again, his career did take off. So get him in there. (For that matter, Grady Martin, and the whole of the A-Team should all be in the Rock Hall as well, because: Elvis and Roy Orbison and Brenda Lee, just for starters).

  2. Couldn’t agree more. No idea why they’ve cherry-picked the Wrecking Crew and the Funk Brothers and all but ignored (or completely ignored) most the Nashville/Memphis/Muscle Shoals stalwarts…Then again a lot of what the Rock Hall does confuses me!

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