RickStark79 wrote:I still haven't seen a post from one person explaining to me why Ringo's 'Solo' career deserves consideration for the RNR Hall of Fame. Anyone?!?
Yeah Rick...that's the problem. I/we seem to say that Ringo should be in the RARHOF if "so and so" got in and if they're in then Ringo should be in...The main problem with the Rock Hall, in my opinion, is that some groups get in that don't deserve it and we begin to lessen the criteria when that happens.
First of all, the name itself is kinda ridiculous...Rock-n-Roll comes from the 1950's and it doesn't sound like the majority of the music/musicians that has/have been elected since they ran out of 50's musicians to elect. If anything, they should call it the Music HOF and that way they could elect any group from any genre of music and not piss so many people off. I'm sure they feel pressured from the networks to elect 5 or 6 every year in order to make their TV show last the allotted amount of time that sponsors have paid to sponsor.
It is my strong opinion that a group like Jethro Tull should be included because they were/are a group that is unique and influencial. Tull is like no other group...Rock Flute ? You gotta be kidding me ! But Ian Anderson pulls it off plus his vocals have a unique sound and therefore they should be included. When a Tull song is played that I've never heard...I still know its Tull...Try that with other bands that have been elected.
Obviously Tull isn't the only group like this but I was just using them as an example...I can't believe The Moody Blues, Slade or ELO aren't in either because they've all influenced many other groups but yet they have their unique sound that has never been duplicated by others.
Sorry for the rant but if you really think about it...The Beatles aren't really "Rock-n-Roll" either...only a few of their songs could be classified as RAR.
p.s. I do feel that Ringo should be inducted for the simple reason that many many of today's famouse drummers have said that Ringo was a major influence on them deciding to be a drummer...In fact, I've heard many say that he was the first drummer that anyone knew the name of...I know...you're not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition
p.s.s. I've actually been to the HOF in Cleveland, Ohio, and I must say that I had a great time...I went for the John Lennon exhibit in the late 90's and it was just great...had lots of Beatles' gear, guitars, drum sticks, etc. If you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend it eventhough its election process is flawed, in my opinion.