On February 9, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame made an interesting announcement. They will enshrine six rock backing-bands from the 50s and early 60s at the 2012 Induction Ceremony in April 4. The bands will join all the previously announced bands and singers in this year’s class, the ones that survived a significant judging competition.
The funny thing is that these old bands got a pass straight into the RockHall. No judging, just picked by committee. I’m fine with their easy ride. The more of these old rockers we can get in there the better.
That committee did have one criterion. Each band had to play behind somebody already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The press release said, “[These] groups should be recognized along with the original lead singer inductee.” This sounds like the powers behind the Hall of Fame realized an earlier mistake, and they are taking a move to fix it. Good for them.
For example, Hank Ballard will no longer be considered a single performer. From now on the name of the Inductee will be Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.
The other bands selected are:
Bill Haley and the Comets
Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
James Brown and the Fabulous Flames
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
I’ll bet the Miracles and their fans have been hounding the hall since 1987, when it put Smokey Robinson without them. That was wrong and stupid. Congratulations to all the bands. They deserved it.
So, I’m happy about what did happen, but I’m upset about what didn’t happen. The TCB Band has again been ignored. (Ed. note: Lead guitarist, James Burton was inducted in 2001in the relatively new “Sideman” category.)
ElvisBlog has frequently commented about how the Hall hasn’t inducted the other members of the band. Scotty, Bill, and DJ from the Blue Moon Boys have all been in since 2010. What is holding up recognition for the TCB guys?
John Wilkinson….Ryhthm Guitar
These seasoned pros certainly belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But, perhaps they didn’t fit the mold this time. They weren’t a 50s/60s band. And announcers at the performances didn’t regale the entrance of “Elvis and the TCB Band.’
So, it looks like Ronnie, Glen, John and Jerry will have to wait until the Hall adds 70s backing-bands. Or maybe, the Hall could gain some sense and induct them as “Sidemen,” where they belong. And do it soon.
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