Al Kooper

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1996 (ranked #25 in the Sidemen (Individuals) category) .

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Will Al Kooper be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Posted by name on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 07:37am


Simply put, it is not the real Hall of Fame if AL Kooper is not in it. It's like Doubleday not being metioned in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Think about.

Posted by markm on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 12:01pm


The lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears right ???

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 12:24pm


Al was the creator of BS&T after creating the The Blues Project in the mid_60s. Also a solo artist and producer and played organ on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone".

Posted by Frank Russo on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 08:44am


The guy has played with everyone as a sideman and as a member of The Blues Project they influenced groups such as (they have often mentioned ) The Jefferson Airplane with their blending of many styles in their music.

He formed one of the first rock groups that on a large scale merged rock/jazz/blues with horns with his band Blood,Sweat and Tears.
(their S/T debut is the only one to feature him,and their best before they become Vegas fodder)

As mentioned Kooper came up with /played the organ part on Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone".

He played the french horn part (and came up with it) on The Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What you Want".

He discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced their first few albums.

The guy is a legend.
He is the epitomy of RRHOF worthy imo.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 11:28am


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Posted by BYPEBLOCHEHEM Anna on Friday, 08.14.09 @ 17:45pm


Not as a soloist, but probably eventually with BS&T or Blues Project.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 09:24am


To echo what Gary James cited,

Al Kooper played on:
Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Self Portrait, New Morning - Bob Dylan
Album 1700 - Peter, Paul, & Mary
NATCHL BLUES - Taj Mahal
Live & Well - BB King
Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones
Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme - Simon & Garfunkel
The Who Sell Out - The Who
Playback - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Pronounced, Second Helping, Nuthin' Fancy - Lynyrd Skynrd
Lace & Whiskey - Alice Cooper
Somewhere in England - George Harrison

He cowrote "This Diamond Ring"
He wrote "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know"

He discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd's first 3 albums.

His resume rivals anyone's in rock history. He distinguished himself as a song writer, performer, sideman, and producer. He's done movie and TV soundtracks, and he was even stage manager at Monterrey Pop (He declined Jimi Hendrix's request to sit in on"Like a Rolling Stone".

I can think of no reason he's not in the Hall other than politics. He's made friends and obviously, many enemies in the industry over the years, but to not recognize his contributions and influence diminishes the Hall of Fame, in my mind.

Posted by M. Brant on Thursday, 09.30.10 @ 20:51pm


http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_halloffame_side.html

Al Kooper

A name already raised as a possible inductee with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Kooper seems more suited for consideration as a sideman, since he's made his name by playing a wide-range of instrumental roles with a variety of big-name acts starting with Bob Dylan and then after a stint with the aforementioned group he founded, he resumed backing others, including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. He later signed and produced R&R HOF'ers Lynyrd Skynyrd, which gives him another aspect that few sessionists could boast, but considering his best contributions have come behind the scenes with other artists he is the ideal sideman inductee.

Qualifications: 8 - Unquestioned Credentials

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 12:10pm


Hall of Fames are crazy, e.g. see Pete Rose and Joe Jackson.
Al Kooper was the front man on perhaps one of the best 50 albums of all time Child is the Father to Man; created the organ riff that leads off Dylan's most revered song, Like a Rolling Stone; produced Sweet Home Alabama for Lynnard...with Mike Bloomfield and Steve Stills created SuperSession, and have we forgotten the Blues Project....and a slew of great solo albums, including I Stand Alone......t Lets just call him the Pete Rose of the Rock Hall of Fame

Posted by michaelmaine on Sunday, 12.15.13 @ 17:52pm


Hall of Fames are crazy, e.g. see Pete Rose and Joe Jackson.
Al Kooper was the front man on perhaps one of the best 50 albums of all time Child is the Father to Man; created the organ riff that leads off Dylan's most revered song, Like a Rolling Stone; produced Sweet Home Alabama for Lynnard...with Mike Bloomfield and Steve Stills created SuperSession, and have we forgotten the Blues Project....and a slew of great solo albums, including I Stand Alone......t Lets just call him the Pete Rose of the Rock Hall of Fame

Posted by michaelmaine on Sunday, 12.15.13 @ 17:52pm


Al Kooper is one of those people you'd figure they'd have inducted as a Sideman or Award For Musical Excellence out of frustration for being unable to get BS&T or the Blues Project nominated. They should definitely do it, but whether they will or not unfortunately is querulous at best. I'm convinced that even they don't know what they really want to do or where they really want to go with the "Award For Musical Excellence" category.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.15.13 @ 20:06pm


Al Kooper belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a musician, a songwriter, a producer and an executive, in a career that has spanned more than 50 years, hes done it all and deserves to be recognized. He has been there at so many crossroads moments of Rock and Roll, and be they large or small his contributions have always made a significant difference. After so many years and so many times, it cant just be coincidence. His participation has mattered. Al Kooper belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I believe its long overdue. If somehow you are not aware of his contributions, please Google his name. There is no one more deserving than he who has not yet been inducted. Also, I have created a facebook page called "Induct Al Kooper Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" specifically for this purpose. Please find and like the page.

Posted by Tommy Garelick on Sunday, 02.9.14 @ 12:19pm


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