Blood, Sweat & Tears
Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)
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This band porbably was the best jazz in the 60's Sadly they weren't so popular because bands like The Who, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, andm ore bands were popular.
Posted by Bobby on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 05:33am
Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 11:33am
Blood, Sweat & Tears was fired by the same questionable impulse to fuse rock and jazz that comprised Miles Davis.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 21:07pm
Oh, excuse me! You people at the Rock Hall are so elite and of a higher pedigree.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.10.08 @ 07:53am
I am sort of shocked that they are not in as well as Chicago and others. I know they had a list of major hits but they were not around long enough they were more of a understated band. I will always think they are a hall of fame band regardless they make it or not.
Posted by Ronnie W. Davis on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 10:47am
B,S,and T's album "Blood Sweat and Tears" featuring such hit songs as "Spinning Wheel" and "You Make Me So Very Happy" won The Album Of The Year award at The Grammys in 1969.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 11:01am
Child Is Father To The Man is considered to be one of the greatest-FLAWLESS albums ever produced!! ***** 5 STARS! Even Rolling Stone Magazine admits it!!
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 11:28am
This is why Blood, Sweat & Tears is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Posted by Roy on Monday, 05.26.08 @ 17:43pm
Currently, there are only three references to Blood, Sweat & Tears at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The biographies of John Simon, Clive Davis and Miles Davis:
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.15.08 @ 09:33am
Rolling Stone Magazine has two quotes on Blood, Sweat & Tears on their website:
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.15.08 @ 13:29pm
It is important to note that Miles Davis did not make jazz-rock - a briefly popular hybrid in the late Sixties and early Seventies, whose chief proponents were Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago. Davis played jazz, period.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.15.08 @ 14:19pm
I really liked this band when they were making records (I was about 9 - 13) in their heyday. They did have many members, due to the nature of the group (session muscians making their own music), but they really had some great songs.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 13:47pm
I'm still trying to find the first and second editions of the Rolling Stone Album Guides at local libraries.
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 06:15am
Roy...so, what are you saying? Your rants are usually about Chicago (the band that will probably never get in as long as Jann Wenner has something to say about it). Was that meant to demean Blood, Sweat, And Tears and bolster Chicago's reputation in that particular style? I usually don't pay any mind to what music critics say, and even though they both used horn sections as embellishments to their sounds (the horns didn't come to the forefront with Chicago any more then BS&T), they were two distinctly different groups.
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 11:23am
The latter three are R&B/Funk groups.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 12:29pm
Joe-Skee...what's your point?
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 12:40pm
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 13:36pm
Aaron...I didn't say they were better, I just simply prefer them to Chicago. As far as mutual admiration goes, I'm sure they do. I like some Chicago stuff, I thought Terry Kath was one of the most underrated guitarists ever, and I was just never a big fan of BS&T.
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 13:49pm
I'm just letting you all know what's out there!
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 18:45pm
My point is if you like 70's horn funk groups then you'll love The Crusaders featuring Joe Sample. They've got them all beat. Chicago, BS&T's,and early Kool and The Gang.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 11:34am
Jazz/Funk!!! To be exact.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 11:59am
Joe-Skee...I do like the Crusaders. I don't know if they have them all beat, but I definitely have enjoyed them. I think Ronnie Laws might have been with EWF before the Crusaders.
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 13:08pm
Another group that I really enjoyed over the years along those lines was Average White Band. They did some real decent stuff, and "A Love Of Your Own" is one of the most haunting, emotional ballads I had ever heard.
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 19:33pm
That was Ronnie's older brother . Hubert Laws. He was with the "Jazz" Crusaders. He plays the flute. He was with them back in the '60's. He also has some decent solo albums.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 13:09pm
I like AWB too. My favorite cut is "Soul Searching". To me that song is so uplifting and inspirational. Too bad they don't make 'em like that anymore !!! Huh.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 14:53pm
Amen to that, brother!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 15:36pm
As a matter of fact. The Crusaders trombonist, Wayne Henderson left the group in 1976, to produce Ronnie Laws "Friends and Strangers" album.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 12:54pm
I think the George Clinton led Parliament's "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein" disc from '76 has some of the tastiest horn arrangements I've ever heard. Thanks to former JB's Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 13:00pm
Joe-Skee...we can't leave out Ohio Players, "Sweet Sticky Thing" is one of my all-time favorite songs. You're absolutely right about Parliament, and I also like a lot of Maceo Parker's solo efforts.
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 20:55pm
I remember having "Friends & Strangers" and "Pressure Sensitive" by Ronnie Laws back in the day on vinyl. I attempted to adapt "Always There" to guitar, wore that poor album out...don't know how good it sounded...lol!
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 21:01pm
I could be wrong but I believe Maceo was featured on some cuts from Prince's "Graffiti Bridge" album.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 14:24pm
Blood, Sweat & Tears was fired by the same questionable impulse to fuse rock and jazz that comprised Miles Davis and nearly killed off Jeff Beck.
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 19:53pm
The history books will forever compare Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, despite their numerous differences. Blood, Sweat & Tears was a band fronted first by organist and singer Al Kooper, then by singer David Clayton-Thomas. Chicago was fronted by three lead singers, all of whom played instruments and shared the spotlight. Blood, Sweat & Tears recorded numerous compositions by writers other than those in the band. For their first fourteen albums, Chicago wrote all their own material.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 19:26pm
Blood, Sweat and Tears was a band that formed in New York City in 1967. The band was made up of top-notch musicians who were trained in classical and jazz styles of the highest pedigree. They were a jazz-oriented combo that could play a lot of rock. Frighteningly pretentious, Blood, Sweat and Tears was fired by the same questionable impulse to fuse rock and jazz that comprised Miles Davis and nearly killed off Jeff Beck. The band consisted of eight members: Al Kooper on vocals and keyboard, Steve Katz on guitar, Jim Fielder on bass, Bobby Colomby on drums, Fred Lipsius on saxophone, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Jerry Weiss on flugelhorns, and Dick Halligan on trombone. Blood, Sweat and Tears' first album, Child Is Father To The Man from 1968 is considered to be a flawless album. Blood, Sweat and Tears was one of the greatest groups the late 1960s produced. Their sound, in contrast to rhythm and blues outfits that merely used horn sections for embelishment and accompaniment, was a true hybrid of rock and jazz, with a strong element of soul as the bonding agent that held it together. The horn section didn't just honk along on the choruses, but played complex, detailed arrangements. Steve Katz played guitar solos as well as rhythm accompaniment. Al Kooper's keyboards moved to the fore along with his singing. Blood, Sweat and Tears had elements of psychedelia in their work, but extended it into realms of jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul in ways that had scarcely been heard before in one band. The songs were attractive and challenging, the arrangements gave room for the horn section and others, to solo as well as play rippling ensemble passages.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.29.09 @ 19:43pm
Jazz-Rock Fusion was the first group of jazz styles to attain widespread popularity after the Swing era. Music experts prefer though to label jazz-rock as jazz-funk, which began in the early 1960s. Jazz can be distinguished from rock and funk because rock and funk typically have shorter phrase lengths, less frequent chord changes, less complexity of melody, less complexity of harmony, less improvisation, more repetition of melodic phrases, more repetition of brief chord progressions, more repetitive drumming patterns, and more pronounced repetition of bass figures. Jazz musicians usually place less emphasis on electronic instruments, and high amplification on accoustic instruments. Jazz, rock, and funk music share similar roots in work songs, the blues, and gospel music, but they represent the products of two divergent lines of musical evolution. Jazz employs aspects of formal European concert music and steers away from vocals; it is primarily instrumental music. Rock and funk music on the other hand, emphasize vocals and stick largely to elementary compositional forms. Jazz-rock fusion mixed jazz improvisation with the instrumentation and rhythmic conception of Rhythm and Blues. The horn parts were molded after the James Brown and Motown brass styles rather than jazz. Their singing style was patterned after soul singing. The harmonies they wrote for their horns were more advanced than Motown's and James Brown's. The high-hat in jazz-rock drumming was snapped shut sharply on every beat instead of every other beat.
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 15:25pm
Hey Roy, care to cite your source there? Plagiarism is still a crime.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 17:21pm
Drummer Bobby Colomby, the only drummer Blood, Sweat and Tears ever had. The one and only constant in the group (1967-1979). He was there and saw all the personel changes with the group. Amazing Jazz-Rock drummer! The best!
Posted by RAKER on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 17:30pm
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 11:09am
Blood Sweat Tears ? The best band in the world, innovative with beautiful and original songs. A legend in pop music for many and many years.
Posted by eric on Friday, 07.9.10 @ 07:21am
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Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.14.10 @ 10:47am
well Roy, I see you are still making loooongass posts! but with respect, all those names is not why BS&T waz left out to dry. there are other reasons. (maybe I will tell later?) but for the record, I would vote Yes.
Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 07.14.10 @ 10:53am
Happy 69th Birthday, David Clayton-Thomas. Ride a painted pony, iet the spinning wheel spin.
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 09.13.10 @ 14:08pm
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.2.10 @ 17:25pm
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Posted by Roy on Friday, 11.5.10 @ 02:44am
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.6.10 @ 05:49am
The Rock Hall may feel the need to induct Blood, Sweat & Tears before inducting Chicago. They may have them on the same ballot the way they have done with Donna Summer and Chic twice already. They might even induct Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears in the same year, the same way they inducted The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac in the same year (1998).
Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 00:42am
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.27.10 @ 04:20am
No American rock group ever started with as much daring or musical promise as Blood, Sweat & Tears, or realized their potential more fully -- and then blew it all as quickly. From their origins as a jazz-rock experiment that wowed critics and listeners, they went on -- in a somewhat more pop vein -- to sell almost six million records in three years, but ended up being dropped by their record label four years after that. Blood, Sweat & Tears started as an idea conceived by Al Kooper in July of 1967. An ex-member of the Blues Project, Kooper had been toying with the notion, growing out of his admiration for jazz bandleader Maynard Ferguson, of forming an electric rock band that would include horns and use jazz as the basis for their work. He planned to pursue this in London, but a series of New York shows involving some big-name friends didn't raise enough money to get him there. He did, however, find three players who wanted to work with him: bassist Jim Fielder, Blues Project guitarist Steve Katz, and drummer Bobby Colomby. Kooper agreed, as long as he was in charge musically. The horn section featured Fred Lipsius (saxophone), with Randy Brecker and Jerry Weiss on trumpets and flügelhorns, and Dick Halligan playing trombone. The new group was signed to Columbia Records, and the name "Blood, Sweat & Tears" came to Kooper after a jam at the Cafe au Go Go, where a cut on his hand left his organ keyboard covered in blood.
Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.13.10 @ 08:47am
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 02.13.11 @ 19:45pm
Peter, Paul and Mary
Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.3.11 @ 08:14am
Peter, Paul and Mary
Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.3.11 @ 08:23am
There are people that got in that should not be in either like Madonna. But Chicago and Blood Sweet and Tears, Jethro Tull, Bob Seager to name a few are not in is a joke. I understand some don't like it who votes but they should not blinded by their prejudices but do what is right for music how can Madonna and others make it and these groups not. That is a joke.
Posted by Ron Davis on Wednesday, 03.7.12 @ 13:09pm
Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 03.7.12 @ 15:48pm
Bob Seger is already in!
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.7.12 @ 20:25pm
Earth Wind and Fire is #143 on this ranking, behind the Bee Gees, ABBA, Blondie, and others? Who makes up this list?
Posted by Tod A Kowallis on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 16:04pm
We did :D
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 16:29pm
Aww, come on why hate on ABBA?
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 16:32pm
or blondie for that matter!
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 17:22pm
They are never getting in. Nor should they.
Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 23:21pm
Okay, I understand that your rankings are personal opinion, but what is the criteria? From just the standpoint of musicianship and creativity, to say nothing of a history of success and longevity there is no way that EWF can be ranked outside of the top 100.
Posted by Tod A Kowallis on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 13:11pm
because the other bands in the top 100 are objectively better than them.
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 13:28pm
You mean, subjectively. By the way, VHF ranks them in their Top 100, partly based upon artists also ranked in the top 100. That's enough for me. Take care.
Posted by Tod A Kowallis on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 13:41pm
nah, objectively. doing it subjectively would be silly because no one on this site agrees on everything.
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 13:50pm
Okay, objectively speaking you offer no criteria. Also, in order to make an "objective" ranking you should probably know each group's entire discography.
Posted by Tod A Kowallis on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 18:12pm
I'll take the idea seriously. BSTs had a nice commercal run from 1968 to 1971. Their most successful album was their second, self-titled album, which went multi-platinum, the only album to reach platinum status. Of their main hits, three-You've Made Me So Very Happy (#2), And When I Die (#2) and Hi-De-Ho (#14) were written by outside songwriters. The one original song that casual music fans will be familiar with is Spinning Wheel (#2).
Posted by astrodog on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 23:50pm
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Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.1.13 @ 13:53pm
Al Kooper will be inducted with Blood, Sweat & Tears even though he left after the first album. Al Kooper founded Blood, Sweat & Tears and he is very well known and respected in the music industry as a musician and producer and former member of the Blues Project as well. Al Kooper wrote most of and sang all of the songs on the first Blood, Sweat & Tears album, Child Is Father To The Man, which is a classic album.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.1.13 @ 14:11pm
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Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.10.13 @ 10:26am
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.24.13 @ 17:32pm
I think the Rock Hall will make an exception and induct Al Kooper with Blood, Sweat and Tears because Child Is Father To The Man was a very important album. Plus, he has lots of friends in the industry. This isn't like John Rutsy or Chad Channing.
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.15.14 @ 10:03am
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Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.15.14 @ 10:10am
Al Kooper founded the group, so he will be included in the induction.
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.22.14 @ 08:40am
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Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 09:53am
Of the 41 members of Blood, Sweat & Tears who performed on the albums, 8 of the members were original members. 3 of the original members left the band after the first album (the most important album), so they should be included in the induction. 23 non-original members of BST were with the band for only one album or one year and two albums. 41 minus 23 leaves 18 members of BST who can be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 10:32am
Black saxophonist Joe Henderson is on the cover of two Blood, Sweat & Tears albums: No Sweat and Mirror Image, but he is not mentioned anywhere on any of the credits on wikipedia. Plus, the wikipedia page for Joe Henderson makes no mention of him ever being a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. This is really weird!
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 11:42am
Jerry Lacroix R.I.P
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 11:43am
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Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 16:31pm
Of the 42 members of Blood, Sweat & Tears who performed on the albums, 8 of the members were original members. 3 of the original members left the band after the first album (the most important album), so they should be included in the induction. 24 non-original members of BST were with the band for only one album or one year and two albums. 42 minus 24 leaves 18 members of BST who can be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 16:38pm
Favorite Songs: So Long Dixie and Save Our Ship
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 12:06pm
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Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.9.16 @ 09:38am
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Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.10.16 @ 09:23am
Al Kooper, Randy Brecker, and Jerry Weiss left Blood, Sweat & Tears after the first album, but they will still be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because that first BST album was very important.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.10.16 @ 10:45am
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Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.10.16 @ 11:08am
Not only does BS & T meet the "musical excellence" criteria (whatever that means & highly subjective)--they were also innovators for the time. I do not know if they were first for jazz rock fusion, but they were very early to have huge success with that genre.
Posted by SUSAN J SABO on Sunday, 02.14.16 @ 15:34pm
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Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.24.16 @ 20:03pm
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