Musicians who deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but aren’t

I’ll be adding to this list as time progresses. These include both solo artists and groups.

In alphabetical order, they are:


The Association

Pat Benatar

Gary U.S. Bonds

The Cars


Chubby Checker

Petula Clark

Dire Straits

The Doobie Brothers

Herman’s Hermits

Jan and Dean

Huey Lewis and the News

Cyndi Lauper

Men at Work

The Steve Miller Band

The Moody Blues



Linda Rondstadt

Neil Sedaka



Three Dog Night


Edgar Winter

Johnny Winter


plus the writing/production duo of Jeff Barry and the late Ellie Greenwich (who were married to each other at the time of their greatest creative output, but later divorced). UPDATE: they were inducted in 2010. Tragically, Ellie didn’t live to enjoy her honor, having passed away at the way too young age of 69 in 2009.

Stay tuned for more details!

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Faves that ARE on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time

I’ll be adding to this as I think of more.

In no particular order, they are:

“The Loco-motion”–that opening sax hook will get you singing along with the lyrics from start to finish

“Mack the Knife”–the upbeat tempo and arrangement more than make up for the gruesome lyrics.  Bobby Darin is perhaps the most versatile performer to have ever lived.  Big band, folk, rock, and everything in between.  Hard to believe he was only 35 when he died.  So many accomplishments in such a short life.  We can only speculate what he would have accomplished had he lived longer.  Needless to say, gone WAY too soon.

“Da Doo Ron Ron”–THE best of the Phil Spector produced “girl group” songs.  I was in fifth grade when this song came out.   My vocabulary being limited at the time, I thought that the title was “They do run, run”.  The minute you hear that opening hook, you’ll be singing along with it from start to finish.  If you’re not, you’d better check your pulse!

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Words to live by

We’ll get there! (true for any endeavor you start and stick with), for before you know it, you’ll say “We’re getting there” and at the end “We got there!” It always works!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“You may be the only Bible that some people read.” – Unknown

“If you’re going to live as if there’s no God, you’d better be right!” – Unknown

“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” – 1 Peter 2:12

“Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” – James 2:18

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
–John Wesley

“You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine”–Donna Fargo

Different is not wrong (me)

Love your enemies–and prove ’em wrong! (me)

“Look for the Helpers”–Fred Rogers

“Let the Mystery Be”–Iris DeMent

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Not “Top 500” songs, but other favorite songs of mine nonetheless

While coming up short of being on the “Top 500”, they are among my faves.  I’ll be adding to this as I think of more.

In no particular order they are:

“Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer”–Nat King Cole–fun to sing along with–and a reminder of how innocent things were in 1963 compared to today.  OK, it’s not a rock and roll song, but it’s a great song nonetheless!

“Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”–Connie Francis–possibly the best opening organ hook short of “Louie, Louie”.  And like all the other songs on this list, fun to sing along with!

“Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces”–Dodie Stevens–not top 500 material, but catchy just the same

“The Battle of New Orleans”–Johnny Horton–a classic “saga song” and a Grammy nominee for best Country and Western song that is a reminder of when popular music wasn’t as segmented as it is today (when pop music radio stations played everything from Jimmy Dean to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Lawrence Welk, and it sounded all so natural together–and you can actually understand the words as you sing along with the songs word for word!).   Plus, his humorous masking of the word “hell” is another reminder of the innocence of the era that is a welcome relief from the profanity-laced “songs” of today!

“I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star”–one from the Great American Songbook, co-written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.  Linda Scott’s opening syllables “Dum…Ta…Dum…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Dum” gets you hooked on this tale of unrequited love

“Never My Love”–the Association. Love that organ and that understated guitar and percussion acccompanyment

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The current sale of “green” stamps by the US Postal Service

Among the current offerings by the United States Postal Service are their own version of “green stamps” promoting ways to help the planet.
Conspicuously absent is something that could be done inside very Post Office–recycle unwanted bulk mail. 
The Post Office could facilitatte this by providing recycling barrels inside its facilities.  Instead, it winds up in the wastebasket and ultimately in landfills instead of being recycled. 
And while they’re at it, they should set up a second “recycling” barrel in the form of a coupon exchange,where boxholders with unwanted coupons could place them for others to use.  
Seems that the USPS could do a better job of monitoring things it could do to help the planet.

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My pet peeves

….or more specifically, people I don’t like (generically):

1.  Control freaks or micromanagers.  How are you ever going to do anything right if someone is controlling you or telling you what to do every step of the way?  The only thing that can be controlled perfectly is a machine, and I am not a machine (nor are you)!  Plus, how can you ever be original or creative when someone is telling you what to do every step of the way?

2. Bean counters, more concerned about numbers (not just dollars and cents, but anything that can be quantified, such as how much paper you use, how long your computer has been turned on, how much coffee you drink, etc.–believe it or not, I’ve been called on the carpet for all of these things!) rather than quality of your work.  What incentive does this give you to be creative and imaginative if all they care about are numbers?

3.  People with a “take no prisoners” attitude who belittle others. Or just as bad think because you made one mistake that you’re no good at anything. Or don’t consider the fact that we learn and grow over time–just be patient! Or that they weren’t always perfect either–in other words, they were in our shoes at one time also! Maybe they’re taking out their revenge intended for others on us instead. Let’s face it, none of us are perfect.  At the same time, however, how can they expect you to get better if all they tell you is “Improve or else!” or worse, “You’re no good and never will be!”  It’s better to encourage rather than belittle.

4.  Bullies.  Nuff said right there.

A person can be more than one of these, and frequently is.  Truth be told, the behavior of people like this says more about people who behave this way then the person under their responsibility.  By treating others so negatively, they’re not helping anyone, but instead, trying to cover up their own weaknesses and insecurities–and ultimately, revealing themselves as the failures they really are.

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Not on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best of all time, but just as good

These songs are not on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best of all time, but just as good  I’ll be adding to this as I think of more.  Many are from the late 50’s/early 60’s–a timespan mostly ignored by “oldies” stations.  The songs from that era are fun to sing along with, as you can actually understand the words!  Plus, they portray an age of innocence in American teen culture that is a far cry from the hyper-sexualized environment of today!

The reason they aren’t is because they weren’t as influential or groundbreaking as other works by the same artists, but are just as good nonetheless.

In no particular order they are:

“Pretty Little Angel Eyes”–Curtis Lee–THE classic fast paced doo wop classic–fun to sing along with word for word

“Whenever That Love Light Shines”–a Supremes hit that is overshadowed by “Where Did Our Love Go?”

“Get a Job”–the Silhouettes–another one that is fun to sing along with––word for word. Oh, those nonsense syllables!

“Blue Moon”–the Marcels–hard to believe that this is a Rodgers and Hart composition that is part of the Great American Songbook.  The opening doo-wop syllables as performed by the Marcels is nothing short of perfection!

“The Best Part of Breaking Up is When You’re Making Up”–the Ronettes–like the Supremes “Whenever Your Love Light Shines”, a very underrated song overshadowed by their many other great songs from the musical genius of Phil Spector

“Have I the Right”–the Honeycombs–this British Invasion hit is overshadowed by those of more famous groups and artists, but this is the ultimate power pop hit.  This song put the “power” in power pop.  Plus, those tight rhythms and very pronounced British accents aren’t too bad either!

“He’s So Fine”–The Chiffons.  “Goo-lang, goo-lang, goo-lang”–boy, they don’t make nonsense syllables like they used to, do they?  Plus, some of the best girl group harmonies you’ll ever hear!

“One Fine Day”–The Chiffons.  More of those great girl group harmonies–plus, that piano intro isn”t too shabby either!

“Downtown” and “I Know a Place”–Petula Clark–part of the British Invasion that gets overlooked because the focus is on male performers (save for Marianne Faithfull), and in the process, neglects some very worthy female performers and their works

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