Bands Besides Rush Still Not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

This list comes via Sunday’s Bob Lefsetz newsletter where he printed a letter from Jeff Tamarkin, a former member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee. 

None of these groups are in the Hall.  Many of them have never even been nominated.  Some of these oversights are unbelievable–and there are probably many, many more.


  • B-52s
  • Badfinger
  • Black Flag
  • Blues Project
  • Roy Brown
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio
  • The Cadillacs
  • Glen Campbell
  • Captain Beefheart
  • The Cars
  • The Chantels
  • Cheap Trick
  • Chubby Checker
  • Chicago
  • Joe Cocker
  • The Crystals
  • Dick Dale
  • The Dead Kennedys
  • Deep Purple
  • Def Leppard
  • Devo
  • Dire Straits
  • The Dominoes
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • Fairport Convention
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • The Grass Roots
  • The Guess Who
  • Ronnie Hawkins
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • Heart
  • Herman’s Hermits
  • The Jam
  • Jan & Dean
  • Jethro Tull,
  • Joy Division
  • Judas Priest
  • Albert King
  • Ben E. King
  • Carole King
  • King Crimson,
  • KISS
  • Al Kooper
  • Love
  • John Mayall
  • The MC5
  • The Meters,
  • The Steve Miller Band
  • The Monkees
  • The Moody Blues
  • Mott the Hoople,
  • The Neville Brothers,
  • The New York Dolls,
  • Randy Newman,
  • Gram Parsons,
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • Procol Harum
  • Cliff Richard and the Shadows
  • Roxy Music
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Rush
  • Otis Rush
  • Neil Sedaka
  • The Smiths
  • Sonic Youth
  • Steppenwolf
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy
  • The Turtles
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • War
  • Dionne Warwick
  • The Marvelettes
  • Mary Wells
  • Link Wray
  • Yes
  • Warren Zevon
  • The Zombies


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Bands Besides Rush Still Not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • December 19, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I'm pretty sure Heart and War were inducted this year, although I stopped paying any attention to the "Hall" when they inducted Abba. Rock'n'Roll is all about street cred and the "Hall" lost theirs with that move. Rush should still be in there though.

  • December 19, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Remember when Jethro Tull won The Grammy Award for best Heavy Metal Album? That's sort of what The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has become. Not really an accurate indicator of who belongs.


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