The next performer inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2013 class was blues guitarist Albert King. Eligible since 1988, King died in 1992 so didn’t live to see his induction in his first nominated year (he would have to have lived to the ripe old age of 91 to do so).
King was born Albert Nelson, but changed his name to that of another blues legend, B.B. King, so he could pass himself off as the latter’s brother. B.B. King wasn’t crazy about that until he met Albert, saying “I got to know him and realized he was right; he wasn’t my brother in blood, but he sure was my brother in the blues.”
It’s time for the next installment in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame series, wherein I look back at each year’s class of inductees. The next seven posts will cover the Rock Hall Class of 2013.
Our first performer, alphabetically, is Heart. The band, fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, first became eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in 2002 but weren’t nominated until 2012. They missed the cut on that ballot but made it a year later.
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.
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.
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.