This weekend - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will welcome six more artists -
Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
I won't pretend I know a lot about Sister Rosetta - I won't insult your intelligence. I'm somewhat familiar with Nina Simone and if you've not heard it - you should really check out her original version of "Don't let me be misunderstood". You're probably familiar with the Animals cover in 1965 - but Simone set the bar very high in 1964. While you're on Youtube checking it out - you might as well give "I put a Spell on you" a listen. Fogerty's version is still my favorite, but that's just because no one on the planet can make the lyrics..."yeaaaaaaah" sound quite as intense.
I've been a fan of the Moody Blues since I first heard "Go Now" a long time ago in a galaxy far away. It was the second single released and is actually still the bands only #1 hit single (UK) . Nights in White Satin reached as high as number two, but the intention was for the song to be more of a chapter in the story of the "Days of Future Passed". The band never focused on "having a hit single" according to Justin Hayward. If it happened that would be fine - the band was more about the entire body of work that each album delivered. And they did deliver. Welcome and long overdue.
Dire Straits - I was always fond of "Sultans of Swing" but most rock (and pop) stations played the living daylights out it. Yeah, I know just like most songs. While I enjoyed Mark Knoepfler I don't think I really appreciated his guitar prowess until much later in life. Today I consider him to be one of the top ten lead guitarists of all time. "Brothers In Arms" was the first CD that I purchased that was intended to be a CD. I had previously replaced most of my analog records with CD's but I had no idea how good digital music could be until I Brothers in Arms. The drum intro on "Money..." sounded as clear (and LOUD) as if Terry Williams was in my small apartment in Edison, NJ. Welcome to the Hall of Fame guys...well deserved.
Bon Jovi - So...this is probably the closest claim I can make to Rock History, and we'll measure that in miles. I grew up in Woodbridge, NJ - same town as Richie Sambora and Tico Torres (Colonia). Dave Bryan was from Edison and Jon, as you probably know hailed from Sayreville. Being on air at K94FM (WJKL 94.3FM) in Asbury Park, NJ during the 80's it was almost a sin NOT to play Bon Jovi - other than the obligatory Springsteen Bon Jovi was by far the most requested band on the Jersey Shore. They had everything going for them....and still do. Well done.
The Cars - I like the Cars. Yes, I know they are from Boston. But Yankee fans can't hate EVERYTHING about Boston - or can we? LOL Great band with a wealth of talent their music defined the late 70's and early 80's new wave movement .