Who Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
by Floridawn Lewis
I started this list back in 2013 on Facebook. Decided to finally bring it to my blog.5. Def Leppard...Eligible since: 2004; Well, ok, they are what some may call "Sugary" but come on, they've gone through some tough times and their first several albums kicked some rock and roll you know. "High 'n' Dry" is one of my favorite albums. Maybe this will give Robert John "Mutt" Lange some recognition for producing some of the bands albums, among the AC/DC and Bryan Adams collections, as well.
4. Journey...Eligible since: 2000; Another ballad induced band, but I love Neal Schon and I think he's an underrated guitarist. For heaven's sake, he performed with Carlos Santana when he was only 17 and his former bandmate, Gregg Rolie was included in Santana's induction into the R&R Hall of Fame in 1998, but they overlooked Schon with that award. I know that other bands such as America and Chicago might deserve to be inducted before Journey because they have been around longer, but really Journey is far more popular and they've been nominated for a Grammy! Ok, alright, Chicago has had more number one hits, and they have also WON a Grammy, so maybe they deserve it far more. Chicago is my sixth pick. As a matter-of-fact, America won "Best New Artist" and had a few number one hits, too. Okay they'd be my seventh pick.
3. Bad Company...Eligible since: 1999; Paul Rodgers has a voice and in fact, he is referred as "The Voice" by many. Bad Company was really a "supergroup" with members from Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople (also not in the R&R Hall of Fame.)
2. Deep Purple...Eligible since: 1993; Okay, Ritchie Blackmore has said he doesn't care if he's in the Hall, but what about all the other great artists from the Deep, Mark I, II, III, IV and this will include David Coverdale and Tommy Bolin. Whitesnake is one of my later picks anyway and that will cover Jon Lord. Tommy Bolin should also be inducted as a solo artist. 'Nough said.
1. Joe Walsh...Eligible since: 1997; Ok, he has been inducted with The Eagles, but what about his solo stuff? "Rocky Mountain Way" "Life's Been Good" and much more. You can't forget his James Gang contributions like: "Funk 49" and "Walk Away." Even his Barnstorm Days had some hits like "Turn to Stone" and "Meadows." He's a session musician, and an "Ordinary Average Guy." Brother-in-law to Ringo Starr. Heck, they ought to induct both of them the same year. Ringo is the only Beatle that hasn't been inducted as a solo artist.