Chicago’s Paul Butterfield Blues Band nominated for Rock Hall
BY EDNA GUNDERSON Gannett News Service October 4, 2012 12:08AM
Updated: October 4, 2012 12:22AM
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the South Side group that promoted the blues during the rock-heavy 1960s, is among 15 diverse nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Also on the 2013 ballot are Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Chic, Heart, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk.
Inductees will be determined by the hall’s voting body of roughly 600 artists, historians and industry professionals. An artist or band becomes eligible for a nomination 25 years after releasing a debut single or album.
The 28th annual ceremony takes place April 18 in Los Angeles for the first time since 1993. The event will be broadcast at a later date on HBO.
Born in Hyde Park, Butterfield was a harmonica master and one of the first young white musicians to venture into black blues clubs on the South Side, where he played with Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Little Walter. He died in 1987.
This year’s other Hall of Fame hopefuls:
† Chic. With dance floor classics like “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” Nile Rodgers and company gave disco a brilliant, soulful upgrade.
† Deep Purple. The British heavy-metal pioneers hijacked the charts with “Smoke on the Water.”
† Heart. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson crafted a savvy blend of rock crunch and creamy balladry on hits such as “Barracuda” and “These Dreams.”
† Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The band’s gritty mix of rock, punk and metal yielded timeless chart-topper “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
† Albert King. Disciples of Cream and Jimi Hendrix soon discovered the source of their mournful blues licks in the trove of King’s Stax recordings.
† Kraftwerk. The influential synth-rock outfit has shaped every electronica act of the past 40 years.
† The Marvelettes. The quartet enjoyed a supreme moment in Motown history with No. 1 hit “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961.
† The Meters. The iconic New Orleans funk ensemble recorded “Cissy Strut,” “Look-Ka Py Py” and many tunes with Dr. John.
† Randy Newman. The pop satirist (“Short People”) has been writing and singing sentimental and politically pointed tunes for four decades.
† N.W.A. Dr. Dre’s ambitious, angry rap group electrified fans and attracted the FBI’s attention with “Straight Outta Compton.”
† Procol Harum. The quintet’s soaring “A Whiter Shade of Pale” remains a staple on classic rock radio 45 years after its release.
† Public Enemy. Chuck D’s politically charged raps mixed stinging commentary with sonic brilliance.
† Rush. The Canadian prog-rockers executed ambitious concept albums and such radio-friendly hits as “Tom Sawyer” and “New World Man.”
† Donna Summer. The Queen of Disco brought equal measures of church and sex to the dance floor.