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.
“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.
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.