Philly’s Hall & Oates up for rock hall of fame
Philadephia's Hall and Oates joins Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel and Yes as new nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The yearly list, announced this morning, also includes the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies as first-timers, while getting another shot are KISS, Cat Stevens, LL Cool J, Deep Purple, N.W.A., the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Chic.
Each year, about a half-dozen performers are inducted, after voting by "an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry" as well as fans, who can vote online, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.
Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Albert King, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones were enshrined earlier this year.
Fan voting ends Dec. 10, with inductees named later in the month. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for April in New York, with a TV special slated for HBO in May.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, who attended Temple University together -- are known for such No. 1 hits as "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes" and "Maneater." They’ve been called the best rock duo ever, and joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame a decade ago.
They met in a service elevator fleeing a fight.
“It was at the Adelphi Ballroom in West Philly,” Hall told the Temple News. “A fight broke out between high school fraternities and gangs. Chains and knives came out, and the whole room erupted.”
The Pottstown-born Hall graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in Chester County, and Oates, raised in North Wales, graduated from North Penn High. Hall currently has a show on Palladia, a cable station owned by MTV. The show, Live From Daryl's House, has gained him a new generation of fans as he sings with new and up and coming artists, as well as veterans such as another area native Todd Rundgren.
Here's the take on some other artists by Chris Talbott, Associated Press music writer:
"Nirvana is nominated in its first year of eligibility. If selected for induction, the band would enter the hall of fame almost exactly 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain’s suicide at age 27. Ronstadt receives her first nomination not long after she shared news that she has Parkinson’s disease. Fans have long questioned her absence from the hall’s roster of stars. Similarly, long-denied Yes joins the list after Rush finally struck a blow for prog rock with its induction earlier this year. It’s the eighth nomination for Chic since 2003, but comes as cofounder Nile Rodgers is enjoying widespread attention after his collaboration with Daft Punk earlier this year."
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