Little River Band

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2000 (The 2001 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Lonesome Loser (1979)

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Will Little River Band be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


14 comments so far (post your own)

Sure, why not?

Who are they?

Posted by montrosecult on Monday, 01.5.09 @ 14:21pm

Re "Who are they?",

Little River Band were an Australian soft-rock group that dominated charts in the US and Australia during the late 1970s and early 1980s but were always among the most critically detested of bands during the period.

Logically there is no reason why they should ever be considered for the Hall, given that they were not even the most successful of the soft rock groups who came to monopolise chart positions in the US and Australia as a result of the crackdown on FM radio playists and record company rosters brought about by recession and punk.

Posted by Julien Peter Benney on Saturday, 06.13.09 @ 21:18pm

Extremely talented band both vocally and instrumentally. First Australian band to have major U.S. chart success. Would not classify them as a soft rock band although most of their radio hits were on the soft side. Some "album" tracks had a more APP/ELP/Asia vibe.

Posted by Mark on Wednesday, 10.14.09 @ 13:21pm

I think they must be tied (at best) with AC/DC as 1st Australian Rock band to have sustained commercial success in the USA

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 07:03am

man on your mind
cool change

those are the only song i know from them

Posted by akeem on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 08:38am

Little River Band was the First Australian band to successfully conquer foreign markets from an Australian base. They proved that Australian music was both viable and commercial, thus successfully paving the way for other acts such as Air Supply, AC/DC, Men At Work, INXS, and Midnight Oil, among others.

By 1982 they became the only act (at that time) –from anywhere – to have a top ten US single for six consecutive years..."Reminiscing" (#3, their biggest hit), "Lady" (#10), "Lonesome Loser" (#6), "Cool Change" (#10), "The Night Owls" (#6) and "Take It Easy on Me" (#10). During their career the band has sold more than 25 million records and has scored 13 American Top 40 hits.

I'd say they deserve Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame status!

Posted by tru48082 on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 14:42pm

That's not entirely accurate...the earliest Aussie band to make a lot of noise in other markets I can think of would probably be the Easybeats, and if you really want to get technical, the Bee Gees started their musical careers while living in Australia.

Rock music from Australia was making at least a little noise clear back when rockabilly was popular...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 17:59pm

"By 1982 they became the only act (at that time) –from anywhere – to have a top ten US single for six consecutive years.."

The Beatles didn't have at least 1 top ten song in 1964,1965,1966,1967,1968 & 1969???

Posted by interviewer on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 22:36pm

tru48082, AC/DC put out 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' in 1976 & then followed up with several more hits. IMO, 'Little River Band' is tied with them, at best.

I say 'at best', since AC/DC is in the HOF & 'Little River Band' will probably never be inducted.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 02.2.10 @ 06:30am

Both AC/DC and Little River Band released their first albums in 1976, both hail from Australia, and have song tities that begin with the same four words. LRB had "It's A Long Way There" while AC/DC had "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 11.10.10 @ 05:59am

All I have to say is if Hall and Oates can be inducted to the Hall of Fame, The Little River Band deserves it, I mean there has to be a cut of point, if you're going to put an easy listening group in LRB is your band, as much, if not more than H&Os

Posted by Zach Kile on Saturday, 05.17.14 @ 22:47pm

Little River Band NO to RRHOF. Some good songs Take It Easy On Me was one. They made a song called Orbit Zero the flip side of one of their hits. Maybe, that hurt their later success. It was a horrible song. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 05.15.15 @ 23:43pm

Usually when HOF inducts a band, it appears they try to get as many of the founding members as possible. Little River Band has a menacing history unlike any other band that will ultimately be the deal breaker in getting the original members. I'm talking really screwed up stuff here. The story here should be made into a documentary.

The story here is every rockstar's worst nightmare. The group, at it's total core, was founded and owned by a trio from Australia that pulled it all together, wrote all the music and maintained the full lineups needed to back them. Throughout the years, the group had gone through several lineup changes in the background while the three front men remained. Toward the early 90's, that core split up. And yes they had differences, but they really just needed a break. Meanwhile, members in the background, none of whom were there for very long, wanted to keep touring under the band name. But that's only what they said they wanted to do. The fine print of what they wanted said something else. Due to a legal oversight, there was a clause that got left in that caused the actual rights to the band name to change hands and the founding members' entire success and legacy worldwide were stripped away just like that. The Little River Band has one of the darkest biographies in rock history.


Posted by Steve on Sunday, 09.18.16 @ 19:49pm

It would be a tremendous travesty to see the Little River Band get inducted under current conditions. It would be very good of the HOF to deny induction specifically as protest.

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 09.18.16 @ 20:42pm

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