The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been an important part of the music industry ever since its inception in‭ ‬1986.‭ ‬They‭ ‬honour‭ ‬the people who have worked in the music business,‭ ‬from performers to producers and even the session musicians who have worked in some of the most important albums in history.

This year,‭ ‬12‭ ‬performers have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Fame,‭ ‬and we here at Splintr think that it is our duty to share the good news to you folks.‭

These performers join the likes of Sam Cooke,‭ ‬James Brown,‭ ‬and Elvis Presley.‭ ‬Talk about being in good fucking company.

Guns N‭’‬ Roses

This band needs no introduction.‭ ‬Although the current lineup is nothing but a shell of its former incarnation,‭ ‬Guns N‭’‬ Roses is still one of the most influential bands to ever come out of the‭ ‬80‭‘‬s band boom.‭ ‬While the revolving door of musicians involved in the band can be confusing to some,‭ ‬it was the lineup of Axl Rose,‭ ‬Slash,‭ ‬Izzy Stradlin,‭ ‬Duff McKagan,‭ ‬and Steven Adler that gave‭ ‬us the album‭ ‬“Appetite For Destruction‭”‬,‭ ‬arguably one of the best records in the history of rock music.‭ ‬Also worthy of note is the fact that Appetite For Destruction is the band‭’‬s debut album.‭

They are an LA band.‭ ‬It shows in‭ ‬the‭ ‬swagger that permeates every inch of that delightfully sleazy record.‭ ‬And with the opening riff of the album opener‭ ‬“Welcome‭ ‬To The Jungle‭”‬,‭ ‬they have managed to steal the hearts,‭ ‬souls,‭ ‬minds,‭ ‬and underwear of a generation of youths looking for that new boost of adrenaline-charged rebellion.


While far removed from the‭ ‬“party hard‭”‬ ethos embodied by Guns N‭’‬ Roses,‭ ‬Donovan Leitch is no stranger to rebellion.‭ ‬Donovan was a folk music maverick and is known for his mixture of different styles of folk as filtered through LSD-tinged glasses.‭ ‬Donovan was one of the iconic fixtures of the British psychedelic folk movement,‭ ‬a movement that stemmed out of the classical folk music that came out of Great Britain back in the day.

His distinct voice and arrangements earned him a spot in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,‭ ‬because a lot of what folk music has become can be owed to Donovan and his peers in the Flower Power movement.


The Small Faces

In the sixties,‭ ‬a lot of British bands‭ (‬including The Rolling Stones‭) ‬played a brand of rock and roll and is deeply influenced by rhythm and blues.‭ ‬A lot of these bands came and went,‭ ‬and a lot of these bands are doomed to obscurity,‭ ‬the only record of their existence documented on vinyl singles scattered across the globe.‭

The Small Faces‭’‬ original‭ ‬line-up,‭ ‬while lasting for only a few years,‭ ‬was responsible for some of the most memorable albums during the‭ ‬“British Invasion‭”‬.‭ ‬The quality of their output from‭ ‬1965‭ ‬to‭ ‬1969‭ ‬rivals that of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones,‭ ‬to the point that they have been cited as a direct influence of the Britpop movement of the‭ ‬90‭‘‬s.


The Crickets

The Crickets was a band formed by none other than Buddy Holly,‭ ‬Jerry Allison,‭ ‬Joe B.‭ ‬Mauldin,‭ ‬and Niki Sullivan.‭ ‬They were responsible in changing the landscape of rock music as we know it.‭ ‬The songs that they made were catchy,‭ ‬youthful,‭ ‬and while it may sound harmless now,‭ ‬they possessed a bite not common in music from that time period.‭

Their inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame is long overdue,‭ ‬considering that Buddy Holly had been inducted in‭ ‬1986,‭ ‬with the committee forgetting that The Crickets has always been Buddy Holly‭’‬s band and not just his backing band.

With the mistake finally fixed,‭ ‬Buddy Holly and The Crickets are back together again in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The Midnighters

Hank Ballard and The Midnighters are an R&B group from Detroit.‭ ‬The band started out as The Royals,‭ ‬a quintet that featured Sonny Woods,‭ ‬Henry Booth,‭ ‬Charles Sutton,‭ ‬Freddie Pride and Alonzo Tucker.‭ ‬The five original members of The Royals were automobile factory workers at Motor City.‭ ‬Hank Ballard joined the band,‭ ‬first as a back-up singer but was later promoted to lead vocals after countless line-up changes.‭

The Royals were responsible for such hits as‭ ‬“Work With Me Annie‭”‬,‭ ‬and‭ ‬“Get It‭”‬.‭ ‬They were known for their overtly sexual songs,‭ ‬with‭ ‬“Work With Me Annie‭”‬ even being banned from radio stations.‭ ‬They soon changed their name to The Midnighters to avoid confusion with The‭ ‬5‭ ‬Royals,‭ ‬another R&B group from Detroit.

Probably the most important contribution of The Midnighters is their original version of‭ ‬“The Twist‭”‬,‭ ‬a song that was covered by Chuck Berry and later became a worldwide hit.


The Blue Caps

Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps were one of the pioneers of Rockabilly.‭ ‬Gene Vincent‭’‬s brand of rock and roll was both dirty and dangerous,‭ ‬not unlike the music of his contemporaries like Elvis Presley,‭ ‬Carl Perkins,‭ ‬and Jerry Lee Lewis.‭ ‬Gene Vincent‭’‬s band The Blue Caps were also‭ ‬one of the tightest bands at the time,‭ ‬influencing bands like The Beatles and The Yardbirds.

One of the pinnacles of early rock music was Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps‭’‬ song‭ ‬“Be-Bop-a-Lula‭”‬,‭ ‬a song that stood the test of time and is still the perfect example of how dynamic Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps were.

Their influences can be seen throughout the years,‭ ‬from bands like The Cramps and The Gun Club to bands like the Stray Cats.‭ ‬The Blue Caps embodied rockabilly and what it was all about:‭ ‬energy and fun,‭ ‬with a little hint of danger.


Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are known for their fusion of punk,‭ ‬funk,‭ ‬and even rap music.‭ ‬At a time when the airwaves were ruled by generic rock bands,‭ ‬the Red Hot Chili Peppers went against the grain and experimented with a hodge-podge of many disparate styles to craft something truly unique.‭

The culmination of their experimentation was the album‭ ‬“Blood Sugar Sex Magik‭”‬,‭ ‬their fifth album.‭ ‬The album was produced by legendary record producer Rick Rubin.‭ ‬The album was also responsible for cementing the Red‭ ‬Hot Chili Peppers‭’‬ status as not only a unique band but also a band that‭’‬s capable of writing hit songs.


Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro was one of the most important songwriters in music history.‭ ‬While she failed to accept mainstream success with her material,‭ ‬all of her albums are well-received by critics and she wrote hit songs for people like Barbra Streissand,‭ ‬Three Dog Night,‭ ‬and Blood,‭ ‬Sweat and Tears.‭ ‬Her music is experimental yet soulful,‭ ‬and her voice is both boisterous and fragile.‭ ‬This makes her an anomaly in the usually safe and tame singer-songwriter movement.

She recorded her first album‭ ‬“More Than A New Discovery‭”‬ when she was‭ ‬19,‭ ‬and she was discovered by none other than David Geffen who eventually took her under his wing and became her manager.‭ ‬This partnership resulted in a string of critically-acclaimed albums.‭ ‬Laura Nyro was wise beyond her years,‭ ‬and her spirit is kept alive by people like Fiona Apple and Chan Marshall,‭ ‬artists who continue to find success while still forging their own path.


Beastie Boys

Adam Yauch aka MCA,‭ ‬Michael Diamond aka Mike D,‭ ‬and Adam Horowitz aka ADROCK may very well be the world‭’‬s top‭ ‬3‭ ‬punk-influenced rappers.‭ ‬The Beastie Boys started out as a hardcore punk band,‭ ‬but eventually they evolved to become one of the world‭’‬s top hip-hop acts.‭ ‬The thing about their success is that it was never about novelty.‭ ‬They are really serious about their love of hip-hop,‭ ‬and they have‭ ‬the‭ ‬chops to boot.‭

With their mixture of irreverent humor and undeniable skills,‭ ‬the Beastie Boys earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame simply because they deserve it.‭ ‬They have worked hard to get to where they are now and we have come to a point where any new material by these guys is met with excitement.‭


The Famous Flames

The Famous Flames started out as a gospel band with that included Bobby Byrd and a young James Brown.‭ ‬After they‭ ‬cut a demo of‭ ‬“Please Please Please‭”‬,‭ ‬buzz surrounded the band immediately.‭ ‬The Famous Flames were relegated to being James Brown‭’‬s backing band,‭ ‬and‭ ‬dissent soon followed.‭ ‬The Famous Flames still remained as a fixture of James Brown‭’‬s act featuring different members with only Johnny Terry left of the old line-up.‭

The Famous Flames were iconic because they were with James Brown at the peak of his career,‭ ‬and a large part of that success can be owed to the Flames.


The Comets

Much like The Blue Cats and The Crickets,‭ ‬The Comets will always be remembered as the musicians behind a lot of the rock and roll hits of the‭ ‬50‭’‬s.‭ ‬The Comets were Bill Haley‭’‬s band and their most notable contribution in rock music is the song‭ ‬“Rock Around The Clock‭”‬,‭ ‬a song beloved by many and became a prime example of a perfect rock and roll:‭ ‬it was fun,‭ ‬it was catchy,‭ ‬and most importantly,‭ ‬people‭ ‬could dance to it.

The Comets featured a tight rhythm section and will also be remembered for the late Danny Cedrone‭’‬s guitar playing.‭


The Miracles

Motown is synonymous with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.‭ ‬The group was one of the foundations of what is now commonly referred to as‭ ‬“the Motown empire‭”‬.‭ ‬Anchored by Smokey Robinson‭’‬s skills as one of the best voices in pop music,‭ ‬Smokey Robinson and The Miracles recorded hit song after hit song,‭ ‬with The Miracles providing beautiful vocal harmonies.

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles are no doubt one of the best acts to come out of Motown,‭ ‬thanks in no small part to The Miracles‭’‬ talent and dedication to their craft.


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