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.
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.
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.
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.
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.