Although the ballots are not in, word is out. Fifteen legendary
musicians have been nominated as candidates for induction into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
The nominees, who represent the rock idiom from gospel to metal,
from the Piano Man to the Superfly, are: Black Sabbath; the Staples
Singers; Paul McCartney (who has already been inducted as a member
of the Beatles); the Flamingos; Darlene Love; Dusty Springfield;
Solomon Burke; Gene Pitney; the Moonglows; Del Shannon; Ritchie
Valens; Billy Joel; Curtis Mayfield; Steely Dan and Bruce
Springsteen, who recently met the twenty-five-year requirement for
eligibility having released his first album, Greetings from
Asbury Park, N.J., in 1973.
According to Suzan Evans, executive director of the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame, a panel of seventy music historians compiled the list
and sent it to co-chairmen Seymour Stein, president and CEO of Sire
Records, and Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s longtime manager.
Ballots were postmarked last Monday to some 800 voters in the music
industry around the world. Based on the highest number of votes, up
to eight nominees will be selected for induction into the Hall of
Fame sometime in November.
We assume, naturally, that Springsteen will make the cut.