Skip to comments.Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011 inductees include Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper: who else ?
Posted on 12/15/2010 10:14:36 AM PST by JoeProBono
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will induct Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, and Darlene Love, according to the New York Times. Jac Holzman, who founded Elektra, and Art Rupe, who founded Specialty Records, will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to music-industry executives. Pianist Leon Russell will receive the Award for Musical Excellence. The ceremony will be held in March
“Tom Waits is in close competition with Elvis Costello for the title of “Most Overrated Musical Act in the History of Musical Acts”.”
I’m going to have to trump you on that one with Lou Reed. Never understood the fascination with him. Especially his song about homosexual encounters with cross-dressers (usually pimped as his “greatest hit”).
Well deserved for Alice Cooper. Neil Diamond also.
It was the Alice Cooper Band that was inducted and long overdue. They were the Cross Country Team at Cortez High School.
A shrine devoted, in the most part, to dead drug addicts and people who died choking on ham sandwiches, and, what’s worse, it’s in a city (Cleveland) that the entire industry will snub.
Those Rush costumes in the 70's were unforgivable. But Neil Diamond? Seriously? As in you tune in an Album Rock format radio station to crank up...Neil Diamond?
At least you know a Lou Reed song. Can you think of any Tom Waits songs? Just one?
Waits is one of those guys who writes great songs that are much better when sung by someone else.
Nighthawks at the Diner is on of my all-time favorite albums...
Are you serious about dissin' Neil Diamond?
This guy's riffs, style, and ditties have been a major influence in Rock since the mid-60s, influencing the next 20 years. It's not even arguable.
It's a joke that's he's not already in the Rock HoF.
Why do some of you people hate folk-rock?
Ha ha. That was a good one. My wife and I took my son to see him a few months ago. He doesn’t look too great, but man, he sounded as good as ever.
Alice Cooper, def. And btw - how does KISS deserve to get in before Alice Cooper??
It's criminal that Neil Diamond isn't in this bogus PC club.
FWIW, ZERO Rap ought to inducted - it's NOT "Rock" by any definition.
I don't want to see you go,
I don't even want to be there.
I will cover up my eyes
And pray it goes away.
You've only lived a minute of your life
I must be dreaming,
Please stop screaming.
LOL...well played indeed.
You just know some version of that line will be etched in his tombstone.
#34 was supposed to be a ping to you as well. Dunno what the heck happened.
Uhh, chyeah. Know much about the 60s and Diamond's influence?
Now tell me you're cranking up Dr. John.
I can think of about a million. Granted, Tom Waits isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but as a writer he’s an undisputed genius. I had the opportunity to see him live in a small venue several years ago - incredible performer.
Diamond spent his early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building. His first success as a songwriter came in November, 1965 with the song "Sunday and Me," performed by Jay and the Americans, which was a top 20 hit on the Billboard Charts. Greater early success as a writer followed with "I'm a Believer", "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," and "Love to Love," recorded and released by the Monkees.
There is a popular misconception that Diamond wrote and composed these songs specifically for the made-for-TV quartet. In reality, Diamond had written and recorded these songs to release himself, but the cover versions were released before his own. The unintended, but happy, consequence of this was that Diamond began to gain fame not only as a singer and performer, but also as a songwriter. "I'm a Believer" was the Popular Music Song of the Year in 1966.
Other notable artists who recorded early Neil Diamond songs were Elvis Presley, who interpreted Sweet Caroline as well as And The Grass Wont Pay No Mind, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, also covered "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind," the English hard rock band Deep Purple which interpreted Kentucky Woman, Lulu, who covered The Boat That I Row, and Cliff Richard, who released versions of Ill Come Running, Solitary Man, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", I Got The Feelin (Oh No No), and Just Another Guy.