Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: A mention in one of your recent columns about the Beatles members in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame left me wondering exactly who the enshrined artists are.

Any chance you might provide a complete listing of the folks who have been so honored?
—Rigel Hopkins, Lancaster, Pa.

DEAR RIGEL: Here is a complete listing of all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, listed first by year of induction, then alphabetically. Following the “Performers” category are “Non-Performers” (some of whom are also established performers) and “Early Influences”:

1986: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly; Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard. Non-Performers: Alan Freed; Sam Phillips. Early Influences: Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey. Lifetime Achievement: John Hammond.

1987: Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Rick Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Big Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson. Non-Performers: Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller; Jerry Wexler. Early Influences: Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams.

1988: Beach Boys; Beatles; Drifters; Bob Dylan; Supremes. Non-Performers: Berry Gordy Jr. Early Influences: Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul.

1989: Dion; Otis Redding; Rolling Stones; Temptations; Stevie Wonder. Non-Performers: Phil Spector. Early Influences: Ink Spots; Bessie Smith; Soul Stirrers.

1990: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; 4 Seasons; Four Tops; Kinks; Platters; Simon & Garfunkel; The Who. Non-Performers: Gerry Coffin & Carole King; Holland, Dozier & Holland. Early Influences: Louis Armstrong; Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey.

1991: LaVern Baker; Byrds; John Lee Hooker; Impressions; Wilson Pickett; Jimmy Reed; Ike & Tina Turner. Non-Performers: Dave Bartholomew; Ralph Bass. Early Influences: Howlin' Wolf. Lifetime Achievement: Nesuhi Ertegun.

1992: Bobby Bland; Booker T. and the MGs; Johnny Cash; Jimi Hendrix Experience; Isley Brothers; Sam & Dave; Yardbirds. Non-Performers: Leo Fender; Bill Graham; Doc Pomus. Early Influences: Elmore James; Professor Longhair.

1993: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone. Non-Performers: Dick Clark; Milt Gabler. Early Influence: Dinah Washington.

1994: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart. Non-Performer: Johnny Otis. Early Influence: Willie Dixon.

1995: Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa. Non-Performer: Paul Ackerman. Early Influence: Orioles.

1996: David Bowie; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Pink Floyd; Shirelles; Velvet Underground. Non-Performer: Tom Donahue. Early Influence: Pete Seeger.

1997: Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Jackson 5; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; Young Rascals. Early Influences: Bill Monroe; Mahalia Jackson. Non-Performer: Sydney Nathan.

1998: Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and the Papas; Lloyd Price; Gene Vincent; Santana. Early Influence: Jelly Roll Morton. Non-Performer: Allen Toussaint.

IZ ZAT SO? As with any published list of selections for any purpose, one can always nit-pick over choices made by others. Still, some fair questions regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees might be:

We have gals like Joni Mitchell, LaVern Baker and Ruth Brown, but where are the two most popular ladies of the '50s and '60s: Brenda Lee and Connie Francis?

The Beatles are in, as is John Lennon, but how can Paul McCartney not be right by his side? The Jackson 5 is in but shouldn't Michael Jackson have a separate plaque. Same could be said for Diana Ross of the Supremes.

Based on the inclusion of existing members, such as the Shirelles and Booker T. and the MGs, others who deserve to join these 140 inductees could soon include: Abba; Paul Anka; Frankie Avalon; Brook Benton; Jerry Butler; Freddy Cannon; Chubby Checker; Chicago; Eric Clapton; Dave Clark Five; Neil Diamond; Donovan; Guess Who (Burton Cummings); Hollies; Billy Joel; Tom Jones; Kiss; Madonna; Monkees; Moody Blues; O'Jays; Gene Pitney; Queen; Righteous Brothers; Bobby Rydell; Neil Sedaka; Sonny & Cher (or at least Cher); Bruce Springsteen; Ventures; and Dionne Warwick.

Surely each of you could add a few nominees of your own.

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