Song of the Day #5,113: ‘Wild World’ – Cat Stevens

Our final performer inductee into the 2014 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a singer-songwriter who would have made it in much sooner if his music was the only consideration.

Eligible for induction since 1992, Cat Stevens waited until 2006 to first appear on a ballot, then had a second chance in 2014, when he finally made it in.

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Song of the Day #5,110: ‘You’re No Good’ – Linda Ronstadt

Nirvana made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, but it took quite a bit longer for another legend in the 2014 class.

Linda Ronstadt, the “Queen of Rock,” successful performer of rock, pop, country, Latin and who knows what other genres, had to wait 19 years after her first year of eligibility before finally entering the Hall. She got in the first time she was a finalist, years after contemporaries such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and The Eagles made it in.

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Song of the Day #5,109: ‘About a Girl’ – Nirvana

Nirvana has made a couple of recent appearances on the blog, during my Seattle vacation week and my look at the albums of 1994, and it’s no surprise to see them as inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Seattle grunge band made it into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, despite releasing only three studio albums and one live recording between 1989 and 1994. Their musical influence, and the tragic rock star status of frontman Kurt Cobain, made them shoo-ins for admission.

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Song of the Day #5,108: ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ – KISS

Our next Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee from the Class of 2014 is KISS, the New York City glam metal band that brought a whole new level of theatricality to hard rock.

From the mid-70s through the early 80s, dolled up in face paint and elaborate costumes, KISS put on elaborate stage shows and courted controversy by leaning into rumors of devil worship. In 1983, the band entered its “unmasked” era, finding new success absent to makeup and costumes.

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Song of the Day #5,107: ‘She’s Gone’ – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Our next inductee from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2014 class is Hall & Oates, or as the pair insists they be called, Daryl Hall & John Oates.

Hall & Oates were first eligible for the Hall in 1998, and went un-nominated until their 2014 inclusion. That’s a pretty long wait for an act as successful as this duo. They released eight Platinum and six Gold albums, and had six singles reach #1. An additional ten singles made it to the Top Ten.

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