Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Chic, Heart, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk are among 15 diverse nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also on the 2013 preliminary ballot are Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, The Marvelettes, The Meters, N.W.A. and Procol Harum.

Inductees will be determined by the hall's voting body of roughly 600 artists, historians and music industry professionals. An artist or band becomes eligible for a nomination 25 years after releasing a debut single or album. This year's nominees released their first recordings no later than 1987.


Though none of my favorites are on this list such as  THE MC5/GRAND FUNK RAILROAD/MITCH RYDER AND THE DETROIT WHEELS ETC...we will pick from their nominees...

I really like Kraftwerks, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and Donna Summer but "Rock" me thinks not...
Top of my list is.........

Procol Harum. Groundbreaking and influential...The quintet's soaring slow dance tune 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' remains a staple on classic rock radio 45 years after its release. In 1972, the band again made a mark with the orchestral 'Conquistador.'
Deep Purple. The British quintet, which helped define the heavy metal genre with its organ-driven thick sound and early covers of 'Hush' and 'Kentucky Woman,' hijacked the charts with 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Woman From Tokyo.' AND MY FAVORITE....

Heart. The Seattle band led by sisters Nancy, left, and Ann Wilson crafted a savvy blend of rock crunch and creamy balladry.

Albert King. Disciples of Cream and Jimi Hendrix soon discovered the source of their mournful blues licks in the trove of King's Stax recordings, which imprinted Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter.

The Marvelettes. Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Georgeanna Tillman and Wanda Young never reached the heights of The Supremes, but they enjoyed a supreme moment in Motown history with No. 1 hit 'Please Mr. Postman' in 1961

The Meters. The iconic New Orleans funk ensemble and house band for Allen Toussaint's Sansu label recorded 'Cissy Strut,' 'Look-Ka Py Py' and many tunes with Dr. John.

Randy Newman. The pop satirist, best known for 'Short People' and 'I Love L.A.,' has been writing and singing witty, sentimental and politically pointed tunes for four decades.

Donna Summer. Bringing equal measures of church and sex to the dance floor, the Queen of Disco racked up hits 'Hot Stuff,' 'Bad Girls,' 'MacArthur Park' and 'She Works Hard for the Money.'


Martin Filiatrault said...

"just listened to my whole Procol Harum collection while driving from Clarkston to Chicago..."

Anonymous said...

Just a lame ol' tourist trap. No MC5, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Yep.

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