Goodnight everyone, and have a rockin’ weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

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Cleveland is home to the Rock & Roll Hall that opened its doors to the public on September 2, 1995. Since then the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has had more than 10 million visitors from around the world resulting in more than $2 billion in economic impact for Northeast Ohio.

The 150,000-square-foot building has a glass-enclosed, double pyramid adjacent to a 162-foot tower. The Rock Hall’s exhibition space stretches over 55,000 square feet and seven levels.

Every year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s nominating committee selects  the artists comprising the performer category ballot for the Hall of Fame. On October 5  nominees were announced for the 2018 class.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction which means the 2018 nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992.

This week we highlight a few of the nominees.

Let’s begin in 1961 with a band that was formed by a some students.

They called themselves The Mustangs.

They changed their minds and then picked The Sundowners.

Ultimately they became The Zombies.

Now it’s 1963. The lads are college age and considered breaking up so they could tackle higher education.

They entered a contest with first prize being a recording contract with Decca Records. The Zombies were in the finals and even before the contest was concluded Decca offered them a deal.

Their first single released in 1964 was their biggest.

“She’s Not There” peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart on December 12, 1964.

Chaka Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois.  SZhe possessed a strong voice, lots of curly hair and charisma.

Khan became active in the black power movement in 1969, joined the Black Panther Party, and dropped out of high school.

In the early 1970’s she became part of the band Rufus, later renamed Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.  Khan would eventually go solo in the 1980’s.

The entire ensemble has been nominated for the Hall.

This recording made the Top Ten.

Next, a very popular new wave band known as much for their original videos as their music.

The Cars were led by Richard Otcasek (acoustic guitar) and Benjamin Orzechowski (bass/keyboards). The duo met as teens in, get this, Cleveland.

They enjoyed monster success in the late 1970’s. Then came MTV the following decade.

The band was forced to adapt to consumers hooked on videos.

In 1984 this won the first MTV Video Music Award  for Video of the Year as Ric Ocasek meets up in many interesting situations with model Susan Gallagher. The video helped propel the recording to #7 on the Billboard chart.

On October 3, 2000, founding member Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer.

From now and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2017, fans can visit here to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction.

The top five artists selected will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees.

Fans will need to log in with a Facebook account or email to vote and voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The list of 2018 inductees will be announced in December, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend!

We close with an extremely worthy nominee. Can’t imagine why they weren’t inducted a long time ago.

Possibly because of their rocky personnel history.

The lack of commercial success for years after their big hit “Go Now.”

Being labeled a “dinosaur,” nothing more than a “nostalgia act.”

No one can argue with their longevity.

The Moody Blues have been performing for five decades. From their website:

“Although they’re best known today for their lush, lyrically and musically profound (some would say bombastic) psychedelic-era albums and singles, the Moody Blues started out as one of the better R&B based combos of the British Invasion.”

The group survived the disco and punk eras. Even so, in 1986 they hadn’t cracked the Top Ten since 1972.

That changed with the help of a great promotional video.

4 thoughts on “Goodnight everyone, and have a rockin’ weekend!

  1. Moody really was a bit before my time except for Gemini Dreams and The Voice, but I think they need to go in. Same with Dire. The Cars should be the top vote getter and should have already been in as their entire body of work is solid. Priest is one of the two definitive metal gods and has to also go in. Mode another influential band with 3 decades of excellence.

    So telling that Bon Jovi is the top vote getter vs. bands with massive quality catalogs. Nothing remarkable about anything he’s ever put out.


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