While some may be disappointed that Kiss, Donna, Summer, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were among those passed over for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, some very deserving musicians were included with this years class.
Among those inducted are three incredible performers that not only reached thousands of fans, but also put their own unique stamp on rock and roll and helped establish new realms of the genre that had previously been largely untapped. According to the official Iggy Pop Web site The Stooges started in Detroit in 1967, with Peter Ostenberg, brothers Scott and Ron Asheton and drummer Dave Alexander trying to play blues music. Ostenberg, nicknamed Iggy by his band mates quickly became known for his wild on stage presence but the band had little success with their three records on the Elektra label despite offering what are now seen as classics 1969, I Wanna be Your Dog. Pop also claims credit to inventing stage diving and the fashion trend of ripped t-shirts and jeans. But the 1973 release of Raw Power, with its punk anthem :Search and Destroy, produced by David Bowie, became a critical influence to the punk rock pioneers of the mid to late 1970s. When talking about whether the Stooges were ahead of their time in a 1996 interview on NPR Iggy said, “The rest of the world was behind its f’n times, we were where things should be… the rest was as phony as a $3 bill.”
Jimmy Cliff launched his music, and an eventual worldwide phenomenon, by writing a song for the owners of his favorite record store in 1961. HIs official Web site mentions how fortunate Cliff was of the owners happened to be Leslie Kong, who agreed to record Cliff and thus began a relationship that led to the international sensation of reggae music emanating out of Kong’s record label Bob Marley was signed the following year, and Desmond Dekker shortly after that. Cliff had a series of local hits with Kong’s Beverly Records, then moved with the UK In 1964 when Kong helped establish Island records with Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall. in1964, . He started getting some international success and then in 1972 Cliff starred in the movie The Harder They Come which also figured his sing of the same name, That film is widely credited with exploding Reggae Music around the world and Cliff became an international star. He continues his musical career today almost 50 years later and has an album coming out later this year called Existence, his first new record since 2004. Jimmy Cliff is also scheduled some US and Canadian tour dates including the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn., on June 12.
Many people think of the band Genesis as two almost entirely different groups. They first rose to prominence as a pioneer of the progressive rock genre, with Peter Gabriel as vocalist. their first recording under the name Gabriel’s Angels, released on Decca, was not really in the progressive genre, but by 1970 they recorded Trespass, and adopted the name Genesis, which began a series of classic progressive rock albums, with long musical interludes and dreamy difficult to interpret lyrics, and Gabriel’s outrageous costumes and theatrics. They built a solid following as the released albums including Nursery Crimes, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound. The Gabriel left, the band was in limbo for a time reportedly auditioning over 4,000 signers to replace him before finally deciding to keep move Phil Collins into the front man spot. The move proved fortuitous as Genesis gradually developed a new sound with the remaining musicians and became more popular than ever releasing a string of platinum albums that included and then there were three, Duke, Abacab and the self titled Genesis. People argue over the merits of post Gabriel Genesis versus pre Gabriel Genesis but there is no arguing over which era met more commercial success.
Those inducted into the Hall of Fame In addition to Genesis Jimmy Cliff and The Stooges include Abba, The Hollies, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and the teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.