Well this proves it. Donald Trump’s election didn’t change everything. The beat goes on….(for those who are new to the site, this is a full category and previous entries can be accessed at the right…recommended reading!)
Vis-a-vis, women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
“1986: Inaugural induction class consists of all men, including Elvis who gained fame from covers and influence of women of the blues who have yet to be inducted 30 years later.”
(“An Open Letter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Women Merit Conversation,” Desarae Gabrielle and Lily Grae, Inspirer Magazine 4/19/17…link entire piece here.)
In case you don’t read the whole thing (which I recommend–it makes some salient points on its main topic), one element is unsurprising:
Only Elvis is singled out as someone who “gained fame” covering and being influenced by “women of the blues”–or any other kind of woman. (The three girl group covers that provide major highlights on the Beatles’ first LP are among numerous other instances which might have been adduced….but weren’t.)
Yes, Elvis listened to women–including Big Mama Thornton and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who I presume are the “women of the blues” referenced here.
Since the authors know enough to stay quiet about the Beatles, and so many others, even though making a little noise would buttress their points, I assume they know at least this much about Elvis.
Then again, if they know all that, they should also know that Elvis listened to everybody, including a lot of women who had little to do with the blues.
They might even know that he named Toni Arden’s “Padre?” as his favorite record when he was going off to the Army.
In other words, Elvis didn’t exactly make his admiration for female artists a secret, as this clever wording suggests. (Nor did he dump on his female fans, in public or private…for that, I once again recommend studying the Beatles, among many others.)
I’ve been lobbying as hard as I know how for the inclusion of deserving female artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since the early nineties (by which time it had become obvious it was going to be a problem). Anyone who wants to read (or, better yet, engage) my longstanding arguments, is recommended to the categories “Shangri-Las Forever” and “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” at the right.
But the question for today is whether you can advance this, or any righteous argument, by saying Stupid Stuff About Elvis?
Can you get any of the women mentioned in the linked piece’s accompany video one step closer?
Can you make the case for them–or the many others (including some even more deserving) the video does not mention?
Having been at this for a quarter century, I make you this promise:
Saying Stupid Stuff About Elvis never makes you part of the solution. It just makes you part of the problem.
See, the reason Elvis was Elvis wasn’t because he belonged to a demographic (white, male, hillbilly, truck driver). It was because he was the only one who really got both this…
..and made “getting it” sound like breathing.