Thursday, March 30, 2017

BMI Icon Awards

Stevie Nicks receives BMI Icon award, image from dailymail.co.uk

BMI is an organization which collects royalties on behalf of artists. It gives out annual Icon awards in various categories, including country, Latin, London, pop, and urban (later changed to R&B/hip-hop), in honor of what the website calls a songwriter’s “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The BMI site does not appear to offer any details when these awards were initiated (although the earliest awards appear to be given in 2002) and also fails to provide one easy-access list which would detail all recipients, categories in which they received the award, and the year. As such, the list below is cobbled together from multiple sources to provide as much detail as possible:

  • Bill Anderson (country, 2002)
  • Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga (Latin, 2013)
  • The Bee Gees (pop, 2007)
  • Chuck Berry (pop, 2002)
  • Birdman (R&B/hip-hop, 2013)
  • Don Black (London, 2010)
  • Bobby Braddock (country, 2011)
  • James Brown (urban, 2002)
  • Mariah Carey (urban, 2012)
  • George Clinton (urban, 2009)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash (pop, 2006)
  • Charlie Daniels (country, 2005)
  • Ray Davies (London, 2006)
  • Mac Davis (country, 2015)
  • Bo Diddley (pop, 2002)
  • Dean Dillon (country, 2013)
  • Donovan (London 2009)
  • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (urban, 2006)
  • Gloria Estefan (Latin, 2009)
  • Bryan Ferry (London, 2008)
  • John Fogerty (pop, 2010)
  • David Foster (pop, 2011)
  • Peter Gabriel (London, 2007)
  • Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff (pop, 2009)
  • The Gap Band (urban, 2005)
  • Vince Gill (country, 2014)
  • Graham Gouldman (London, 2015)
  • Al Green (urban, 2004)
  • Juan Luis Guerra (Latin, 2006)
  • Merle Haggard (country, 2006)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates (pop, 2008)
  • Tom T. Hall (country, 2012)
  • Isaac Hayes (urban, 2003)
  • Holland-Dozier-Holland (pop, 2003)
  • The Jacksons (urban, 2008)
  • Carole King (pop, 2012)
  • Kris Kristofferson (country, 2009)
  • Little Richard (pop, 2002)
  • Los Lobos (Latin, 2016)
  • Los Tigres Del Norte (Latin, 2007)
  • John Lydon (London, 2013)
  • Loretta Lynn (country, 2004)
  • Barry Manilow (pop, 2017)
  • Barry Mann (pop, 2016)
  • Van Morrison (London, 2004)
  • Willie Nelson (country, 2007)
  • Stevie Nicks (pop, 2014)
  • Dolly Parton (country, 2003)
  • Queen (London, 2011)
  • Antonio “L.A.” Reid (urban, 2006)
  • Tim Rice (London, 2014)
  • Nile Rodgers (R&B/hip-hop, 2015)
  • Carlos Santana (Latin, 2005)
  • Gustavo Santaolalla (Latin, 2008)
  • Billy Sherrill (country, 2010)
  • Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons (urban, 2007)
  • Paul Simon (pop, 2005)
  • Slim (R&B/hip-hop, 2013)
  • Snoop Dogg (urban, 2011)
  • Sting (London, 2016)
  • Cynthia Weil (pop, 2016)
  • Hank Williams Jr. (country, 2008)
  • Brian Wilson (pop, 2004)
  • Steve Winwood (London, 2005)

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Diana Ross/The Supremes: Top 50 Songs

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Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 26, 1944. As a member of the Supremes, she topped the Billboard charts twelve times and helped establish them as the top female group of all time. She left the group in 1970, but launched straight into a successful solo career. In celebration of her birthday, here are her top 50 songs of all time, with and without the Supremes. #1 songs are noted as follows: #1 US (Billboard pop chart), #1 AC (Billboard adult contemporary chart), #1 RB (Billboard R&B chart), and #1 UK (the UK charts).


The Top 50 Diana Ross/Supremes Songs

Where Did Our Love Go

1. Endless Love (with Lionel Richie, 1981) #1 US, #1 RB, #1 AC
2. Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US
3. Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, #1 RB
4. Baby Love (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, #1 RB, #1 UK
5. You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, #1 RB
6. Upside Down (1980) #1 US, #1 RB
7. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1970) #1 US, #1 RB
8. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, #1 RB
9. Love Child (The Supremes, 1968) #1 US
10. Someday We’ll Be Together (The Supremes, 1969) #1 US, #1 RB

Stop! In the Name of Love

11. Love Hangover (1976) #1 US, #1 RB
12. Touch Me in the Morning (1973) #1 US, #1 AC
13. Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Theme from ‘Mahogany’) (1975) #1 US, #1 AC
14. Come See About Me (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US
15. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (The Supremes with the Temptations, 1968)
16. I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US
17. I’m Coming Out (1980)
18. Back in My Arms Again (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US, #1 RB
19. Reflections (The Supremes, 1967)
20. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1981)

21. The Happening (The Supremes, 1967) #1 US
22. The Last Time I Saw Him (1973) #1 AC
23. Muscles (1982)
24. Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone (The Supremes, 1967) #1 US, #1 RB
25. Missing You (1984) #1 RB
26. Mirror, Mirror (1982)
27. All of You (with Julio Iglesias, 1984)
28. Remember Me (1970)
29. Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand (1970)
30. It’s My Turn (1980)

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

31. Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart (The Supremes, 1966)
32. Chain Reaction (1985) #1 UK
33. Ease on Down the Road (with Michael Jackson, 1978)
34. I’m Livin’ in Shame (The Supremes, 1969)
35. In and Out of Love (The Supremes, 1967)
36. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes (The Supremes, 1974)
37. My Mistake Was to Love You (with Marvin Gaye, 1974)
38. My World Is Empty Without You (The Supremes, 1965)
39. The Boss (1979)
40. Gettin’ Ready for Love (1977)

Upside Down

41. Swept Away (1984)
42. Forever Came Today (The Supremes, 1968)
43. Nothing But Heartaches (The Supremes, 1965)
44. Pieces of Ice (1983)
45. You’re a Special Part of Me (with Marvin Gaye, 1973)
46. Some Things You Never Get Used To (The Supremes, 1968)
47. I’m Still Waiting (1971) #1 UK
48. I’ll Try Something New (The Supremes with the Temptations, 1969)
49. Good Morning Heartache (1973)
50. The Composer (The Supremes, 1969)

Endless Love


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Elton John: Top 70 Songs

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Elton John was born Reginald Dwight on March 25, 1947. In honor of his 70th birthday, Dave’s Music Database is posting its list of Elton’s top 70 songs. This list was created by using sales and airplay figures along with chart performance, number of appearances on Sinatra albums, appearances on best-of-Elton lists, and best-songs-of-all-time-lists as compiled by Dave’s Music Database.

1. Candle in the Wind 1997 (1997)
2. Your Song (1970)
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
4. Bennie and the Jets (1973)
5. That’s What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder, 1985)
6. Rocket Man (1972)
7. Crocodile Rock (1972)
8. Daniel (1973)
9. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee, 1976)
10. Tiny Dancer (1971)

11. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (1994)
12. Philadelphia Freedom (1975)
13. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (1974)
14. Candle in the Wind (1973)
15. Circle of Life (1994)
16. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues (1983)
17. Something About the Way You Look Tonight (1997)
18. Someone Saved My Life Tonight (1975)
19. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (1976)
20. Sacrifice (1989)

21. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (1973)
22. I’m Still Standing (1983)
23. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (1974)
24. Island Girl (1975)
25. The One (1992)
26. Honky Cat (1972)
27. Sad Songs Say So Much (1984)
28. Little Jeannie (1980)
29. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (live with George Michael, 1991)
30. The Bitch Is Back (1974)

31. Nikita (1985)
32. Blue Eyes (1982)
33. Levon (1971)
34. Empty Garden (1982)
35. I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That (1988)
36. Mama Can’t Buy You Love (1979)
37. Healing Hands (1989)
38. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (1973)
39. Believe (1995)
40. Blessed (1995)

41. Song for Guy (1978)
42. Friends (1971)
43. True Love (with Kiki Dee, 1993)
44. Pinball Wizard (1975)
45. Part-Time Love (1978)
46. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (1972)
47. Kiss the Bride (1983)
48. Nobody Wins (1981)
49. Madman Across the Water (1971)
50. Club at the End of the Street (1989)

51. You Gotta Love Someone (1990)
52. The Last Song (1992)
53. Written in the Stars, with LeAnn Rimes, 1999)
54. Through the Storm (with Aretha Franklin, 1989)
55. Who Wears These Shoes? (1984)
56. Made in England (1995)
57. Wrap Her Up (1985)
58. I Feel Like a Bullet in the Gun of Robert Ford (1975)
59. Grow Some Funk of Your Own (1975)
60. Border Song (1970)

61. I Want Love (2001)
62. Ego (1978)
63. Chloe (1981)
64. Are You Ready for Love? (1979)
65. Simple Life (1992)
66. A Word in Spanish (1988)
67. Step into Christmas (1973)
68. Take Me to the Pilot (1970)
69. This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore (2001)
70. Harmony (1973)


Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Velvet Underground released their debut album: March 12, 1967

Originally posted 3/12/12. Updated 3/12/17.

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Release date: 12 March 1967
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) Sunday Morning / I’m Waiting for the Man / Femme Fatale / Venus in Furs (3/12/94, #71 UK) / Run, Run, Run / All Tomorrow’s Parties / Heroin / There She Goes Again / I’ll Be Your Mirror / The Black Angel’s Death Song / European Son

Sales (in millions): 0.3 US, -- UK, 0.3 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 171 US, 59 UK

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Review: While it took ten years for VU’s debut to crack six figures, AMG there’s a classic line from producer Brian Eno that “everyone who bought one…started a band.” JD This is “chapter one of alternative rock” BL and made VU “the poster children of the avant-garde;” TL they “proved that rock, too, can be art.” RV “Glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set.” AMG
Singer/songwriter Lou “Reed portrayed edgy characters and exotic scenes that many in the ‘straight’ world and even enlightened hippies had never experienced.” JD He “visited a drug dealer in Harlem” JD on I’m Waiting for the Man and, in Heroin, “gives the listener a musical experience comparable to the rush a junky feels” RV In Venus in Furs, Reed “peered into the inner sanctum of a sado-masochistic couple.” JD
“Although they weren’t particularly adept at their instruments,” NO they “created some of the most innovative sounds anyone had ever heard.” NO John Cale “introduced the rock world to feedback through his shrieking” TL electric viola. “Percussionist Maureen Tucker and guitarist Sterling Morrison make additional noteworthy contributions.” NRR Model-turned-actress Nico “hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist” AMG lending her “otherworldly vocals” NRR to Femme Fatale and I’ll Be Your Mirror, “but she was very effective in getting emotions across.” AD
Although pop artist Andy Warhol was credited as producer, the real work done by Tom Wilson. However, Warhol’s “notoriety allowed The Velvet Underground to record…without compromise.” AMG “Few rock albums are as important…and fewer still have lost so little of their power to surprise and intrigue.” AMG

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3/8/1968: The Fillmore East opened

Posted 3/8/2017.

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The Fillmore East opened its doors on March 8, 1968. The space on Second Avenue near East 6th Street in the Manhattan borough of New York City, was built in 1925 as the Commodore Theatre, a showcase for vaudeville and film, which seated 2830. BB It later became the Loews Commodore movie theater and then the Village Theatre before legendary concert promoter Bill Graham took over in 1968 and launched it as a companion to his Fillmore Auditorium and its successor, the Fillmore West in San Francisco. WK

The venue, which became known as “The Church of Rock and Roll,” hosted two-show, triple-bill concerts several nights a week. WK Graham was all about the fan experience, printing “ornate, hand-rendered posters…to announce gigs;” commissioning the Joshua Light Show to provide “lavish psychedelic visuals;” and equipping the venue with a “35,000-watt, 26 speaker sound system custom designed by Bill Hanley.” RS

The Allman Brothers Band “Whipping Post” – live at the Fillmore East

Janis Joplin, performed the first show with her band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Led Zeppelin played in early 1969 as an opening act for Iron Butterfly. The Allman Brothers Band, whose legendary At Fillmore East was recorded at the venue, performed there so often some christened them Bill Graham’s house band. Jimi Hendrix’s New Year’s Day 1970 performance was released as Band of Gypsys and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 4 Way Street album was also a Fillmore concert event. Other acts to perform there included the Band, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominos, Fats Domino, the Doors, the Grateful Dead (43 shows), Jefferson Airplane, Elton John, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, the Kinks, Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, the Who, and Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention.

“After arguably the most influential three years in the history of rock n roll,” BB hosted its last show – an event headlined by none other than the Allman Brothers Band – on June 27, 1971. Graham had tired of competing with bigger venues like Madison Square Garden and the “borderline cost-prohibitive” asking prices for acts he did book. RS While its time was short lived, the Fillmore East “left proverbial footprints large enough to rival those of Radio City and the Beacon.” BB As Rolling Stone said, “few venues in rock history can match the hallowed legacy of the Fillmore East.” RS

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Top 100 R&B Songs of All Time

First posted 12/18/2011; updated 3/7/2017.

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Like most DMDB lists, this was created by aggregrating multiple genre-specific lists. In this case, 33 R&B-focused best-of lists were aggregrated. Here are the results:

1. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968) *
2. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965) *
3. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967) *
4. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971) *
5. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968) *
6. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971) *
7. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966) *
8. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
9. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
10. Sam Cooke “A Change is Gonna Come” (1965)

11. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
12. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961) *
13. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
14. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966) *
15. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984) *
16. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992) *
17. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964) *
18. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972) *
19. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
20. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)

21. Lionel Richie with Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981) *
22. Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
23. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
24. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
25. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
26. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
27. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
28. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
29. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
30. The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966)

31. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983) *
32. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
33. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
34. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” (1965)
35. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
36. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” (1971)
37. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
38. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
39. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)
40. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)

41. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997)
42. The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
43. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (1972)
44. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” The Flamingos (1959)
45. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
46. Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
47. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
48. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
49. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)
50. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)

51. Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
52. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956) *
53. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962) *
54. Junior Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
55. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
56. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
57. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
58. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
59. The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
60. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)

61. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (1956) *
62. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
63. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954) *
64. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996)
65. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
66. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
67. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
68. The Miracles “Shop Around” (1960)
69. Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” (1966)
70. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)

71. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
72. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
73. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
74. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
75. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993)
76. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
77. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
78. Al Green “Love and Happiness” (1977)
79. Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
80. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960) *

81. Isaac Hayes “Theme from ‘Shaft’” (1971)
82. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
83. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
84. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978) *
85. Gladys Knight & the Pips “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967)
86. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955)
87. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
88. Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
89. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
90. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972)

91. The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine” (1966)
92. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
93. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
94. James Brown “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (1966)
95. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973)
96. Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
97. The Platters “Only You and You Alone” (1955)
98. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
99. The Four Tops “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (1964)
100. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)

* Those songs marked with an asterisk are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999 available from DavesMusicDatabase.com or Amazon.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blues Hall of Fame

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The new crop of Blues Hall of Fame inductees were announced March 1, 2017. As stated on the website, the Blues Hall of Fame “is a historical record of those who have made the Blues timeless through performance, documentation, and recording.” It was launched by the Blues Foundation in 1980. Inductee categories include performers, non-performers, songs, albums, and literature. The following performers and non-performers have been inducted from 1980-2017:


A

  • Bill “Hoss” Allen (1994, non-performer)
  • Luther Allison (1998)
  • Clifford Antone (2009, non-performer)
  • Billy Boy Arnold (2012)

B

  • Dave Bartholomew (2007)
  • Ralph Bass (2003, non-performer)
  • Chuck Berry (1985)
  • Big Maybelle (2011)
  • Bihari Brothers (2006, non-performer)
  • Elvin Bishop (2016)
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland (1981)
  • Blind Blake (1990)
  • Mike Bloomfield (2012)
  • Jimmy Bracken (2011, non-performer)
  • Bruce Bromberg (2011, non-performer)
  • Lonnie Brooks (2010)
  • Big Bill Broonzy (1980)
  • Charles Brown (1996)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (1999)
  • Roy Brown (1981)
  • Ruth Brown (2002)
  • Tommy Brown (2015)
  • R.L. Burnside (2014)
  • Paul Butterfield (2006)

C

  • Gus Cannon (2010)
  • Leroy Carr (1982)
  • Vivian Carter (2011, non-performer)
  • Ray Charles (1982)
  • Samuel Charters (2011, non-performer)
  • Clifton Chenier (1989)
  • Leonard Chess (1995, non-performer)
  • Phil Chess (1995, non-performer)
  • Eric Clapton (2015)
  • Dave Clark (2013, non-performer)
  • Otis Clay (2013)
  • Eddy Clearwater (2016)
  • Albert Collins (1986)
  • Johnny Copeland (2017)
  • James Cotton (2006)
  • Tommy Couch, Sr. (2016, non-performer)
  • Robert Cray (2011)
  • Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (1994)

D

  • Reverend Gary Davis (2009)
  • Walter Davis (2005)
  • Bo Diddley (2004)
  • Willie Dixon (1980)
  • Fats Domino (2003)
  • Dr. John (2007)
  • Champion Jack Dupree (1993)

E

  • David “Honeyboy” Edwards (1996)
  • Ahmet Ertegün (2007, non-performer)
  • Sleepy John Estes (1991)

F

  • Blind Boy Fuller (2004)
  • Lowell Fulson (1993)

G

  • Henry Glover (2013, non-performer)
  • Henry Gray (2017)
  • Peter Guralnick (2010, non-performer)
  • Buddy Guy (1985)

H

  • John Hammond (2008, non-performer)
  • John Hammond, Jr. (2011)
  • W. C. Handy (2010)
  • Slim Harpo (1985)
  • Wynonie Harris (1994)
  • Billie Holiday (1991)
  • Earl Hooker (2013)
  • John Lee Hooker (1980)
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (1980)
  • Big Walter Horton (1982)
  • Son House (1980)
  • Howlin’ Wolf (1980)
  • Alberta Hunter (2011)
  • Mississippi John Hurt (1988)
  • J. B. Hutto (1985)

I

  • Bruce Iglauer (1997, non-performer)

J

  • Elmore James (1980)
  • Etta James (2001)
  • Skip James (1992)
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson (1980)
  • Buddy Johnson (2012)
  • Ella Johnson (2012)
  • Jimmy Johnson (2016)
  • Lonnie Johnson (1990)
  • Robert Johnson (1980)
  • Tommy Johnson (1986)
  • Willie Johnson (2017)
  • Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones (2007)
  • Louis Jordan (1983)

K

  • Mike Kappus (2014, non-performer)
  • Albert King (1983)
  • B. B. King (1980)
  • Freddie King (1982)
  • Bob Koester (1996, non-performer)

L

  • Denise LaSalle (2011)
  • Latimore (2017)
  • Lead Belly (1986)
  • Mike Leadbitter (2009, non-performer)
  • J. B. Lenoir (2011)
  • Lazy Lester (2012)
  • Furry Lewis (2012)
  • Horst Lippmann (2012, non-performer)
  • Little Milton (1988)
  • Little Richard (2015)
  • Little Walter (1980)
  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1989)
  • Alan Lomax (1994, non-performer)
  • John Lomax (1994, non-performer)

M

  • Magic Sam (1982)
  • Magic Slim (2017)
  • Taj Mahal (2009)
  • Cosimo Matassa (2013, non-performer)
  • John Mayall (2016)
  • Percy Mayfield (1987)
  • Jimmy McCracklin (2008)
  • Fred McDowell (1991)
  • Brownie McGhee (1997)
  • Lillian Shedd McMurry (1998, non-performer)
  • Big Jay McNeely (2014)
  • Jay McShann (1988)
  • Blind Willie McTell (1981)
  • Lester Melrose (1999, non-performer)
  • Memphis Jug Band (2016)
  • Memphis Minnie (1980)
  • Memphis Slim (1989)
  • Big Maceo Merriweather (2002)
  • Amos Milburn (2010)
  • Roy Milton (2006)
  • Mississippi Sheiks (2008)
  • Little Brother Montgomery (2013)
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy (2012)
  • Charlie Musselwhite (2010)

N

  • Theresa Needham (2001, non-performer)
  • Robert Nighthawk (1983)
  • Gene Nobles (1994, non-performer)

O

  • Jim O’Neal (2002, non-performer)
  • Paul Oliver (2008, non-performer)
  • Johnny Otis (2000)

P-Q

  • Robert Palmer (2001, non-performer)
  • Little Junior Parker (2001)
  • Charley Patton (1980)
  • “Sunshine” Sonny Payne (2010, non-performer)
  • Pinetop Perkins (2003)
  • Sam Phillips (1998, non-performer)
  • Doc Pomus (2012, non-performer)
  • Bob Porter (2009, non-performer)
  • Professor Longhair (1981)

R

  • Ma Rainey (1983)
  • Bonnie Raitt (2010)
  • Fritz Rau (2012, non-performer)
  • Jimmy Reed (1980)
  • John Richbourg (1994, non-performer)
  • Don Robey (2014, non-performer)
  • Bobby Robinson (2006, non-performer)
  • Jimmie Rodgers (2013)
  • Jimmy Rogers (1995)
  • Art Rupe (2007, non-performer)
  • Bobby Rush (2006)
  • Otis Rush (1984)

S

  • Son Seals (2009)
  • Eddie Shaw (2014
  • Johnny Shines (1992)
  • Dick Shurman (2014, non-performer)
  • Bessie Smith (1980)
  • Otis Spann (1980)
  • Pervis Spann (2012, non-performer)
  • H. C. Speir (2005, non-performer)
  • Mavis Staples (2017)
  • Wolf Stephenson (2016, non-performer)
  • Frank Stokes (2012)
  • Chris Strachwitz (1999, non-performer)
  • Hubert Sumlin (2008)
  • Sunnyland Slim (1991)
  • Roosevelt Sykes (1999)

T-U

  • Tampa Red (1981)
  • Eddie Taylor (1987)
  • Hound Dog Taylor (1984)
  • Koko Taylor (1997)
  • Sonny Terry (1986)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2007)
  • Irma Thomas (2009)
  • Rufus Thomas (2001)
  • Big Mama Thornton (1984)
  • Allen Toussaint (2012)
  • Ike Turner (2005)
  • Big Joe Turner (1983)

V

  • Amy van Singel (2017, non-performer)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (2000)
  • Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (2014)

W-X-Y-Z

  • Joe Lous Walker (2013)
  • T-Bone Walker (1980)
  • Sippie Wallace (2003)
  • Dinah Washington (2003)
  • Dick Waterman (2000, non-performer)
  • Muddy Waters (1980)
  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson (2008)
  • Pete Welding (1996, non-performer)
  • Junior Wells (1998)
  • Jerry Wexler (2006, non-performer)
  • Peetie Wheatstraw (2008)
  • Bukka White (1990)
  • Big Joe Williams (1992)
  • Jody Williams (2013)
  • J. Mayo Williams (2004, non-performer)
  • Robert “Pete” Williams (2014)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson I (1980)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II (1980)
  • Johnny Winter (1988)
  • Jimmy Witherspoon (2008)
  • John W. Work III (2011, non-performer)

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