Eligible since: 1960 (The 1961 Induction Ceremony)
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He has been eligible since 1960!!! He predates rock n roll!!
Posted by The Great Depression on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 13:40pm
He is still a good man though
Posted by Joker on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 13:58pm
early influence??? i think.
Posted by akeem on Thursday, 01.8.09 @ 04:35am
An important early influence for sure . . . way, way, way overdue for one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) clarinetists in the history of popular music. And a hell of an important composer and bandleader to boot . . .
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 23:23pm
Benny Goodman is a no-brainer for sure, as are most of the giants of the big band/swing era (Glenn Miller, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway).
Posted by Zach on Saturday, 03.17.12 @ 22:31pm
As big of a Benny Goodman fan as I am, I was sorely disappointed to find this statement which he made in an interview for American Heritage Magazine around 1980/1981. He responded to the interviewer's question of whether he was keeping up with then current popular music. Goodman had this to say:
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 23:50pm
Then again, a lot of jazz figures held equally narrow-minded views on rock music.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 05.31.12 @ 06:40am
Although Goodman was wrong about the lasting appeal of groups like The Rolling Stones, I would have to join him in saying that I am not too fond of their overall catalogue. It's no surprise that I just can't tolerate must of the 1960s/1970s classic rock staples. I'll admit to enjoying a few of the Rolling Stones' singles, but none of their albums I've listened to were keepers. Ditto for the Clash, whose fascinating melting pot of musical styles is often spoiled by unnecessary politically-charged lyrics. Blondie's about the only one out of that trio that has any representation in my library. I am far too interested in other styles of music to just narrow my interests down to classic rawk.
Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 09.30.14 @ 17:18pm
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