Robin Trower

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1998 (The 1999 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Robin Trower be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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After playing with The Paramounts and Procol Harum in the ‘60s and early ‘70s Robin Trower recorded his seminal album "Twice Removed From Yesterday" in 1972. The subsequent tour in 1973 highlighted how far Robin had progressed as a guitarist, performer and songwriter.

His second album, “Bridge of Sighs”, was certified gold without promotion of a single release. Future albums, and regular touring, continued to emphasize Robin’s guitar playing prowess.

Undoubtedly Robin is endowed with talents that include being a truly creative guitarist with a distinctive sound, and inspired song writing ability.

Robin is one of the top guitar players of all time; up there with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Peter Green [et al]. He possesses a rare power and spirit that has not been diminished by his long musical career. His music and playing continues to have an indefinable purity – blending blues, soul, funk, R&B, jazz, etc., with a passion and fire other musicians only possess in their dreams.

Recent tours and albums have proved highly successful in the UK and US, and Robin continues to ply his art with genuine ardour. I consider Robin to be one of the finest musicians to originate from England, and he is one of the few to make a big impact in the US.

Some talented musicians grow into maturity and then decline swiftly or slowly. Robin isn’t one of those – he continues to mature musically, play with creativity and passion, and is an inspiration to musicians , fans and music lovers alike.

I believe Robin, on merit, deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Ronnie Kerrigan on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 12:16pm

It would truly be a travesty if Robin is not inducted! Every generation can relate to his music, during his last tour here in the US one just had to look at the crowd to see evidence of that! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him play on several occasions, and I can tell you I am personally in awe of this man and the enormous talent he possesses.

He has truly earned his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by LCN on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 15:20pm

Why Robin isn't already in is a travesty. He should have been in the first year of eligiblity! One of rock's greatest guitarist along side Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton!
Vote him in NOW, before he is no longer with us. It's a shame what the hall did by The Dave Clarke Five, waiting until after one of the original members passed away!
As the title to one of Robin's songs says,"I can't wait much longer"

Posted by Jerry Jackson on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 17:05pm

Robin Trower's music transcends thru time to touch everyone that hears the sound.

I first saw Robin in the early 70's and his presence then could not be denied. He captured the audience with his haunting music that he felt and made you feel too.

Sold out arena's of young people listening and drawn to the sound he was making and not believing what they were hearing or feeling. When you leave his concerts you know that you felt something, you know that you had an experience.

He made other bands sound like kiddie bands because he was so intense. Not that there was anything wrong with the other bands, but following Robin Trower did not make them sound so great.

If he is not inducted to the Hall of Fame it would not look good that this man was not recognized for all that he brought via music.

Anxiously waiting the decision.

Lorraine Irish

Posted by lorraine Irish on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 17:11pm

This is another artist that I thoroughly enjoy...but I don't think he'll ever get into the HOF...just a hunch. I remember hearing "Bridge Of Sighs" for the first time and actually pulling the car over so I could take it all in.

His playing is unique, and he certainly has influenced his fair share of players...but he fits into a catagory with a lot of other players who I also think could merit at least a little consideration.

Let's put it this way...if he were by some twist of fate inducted, I wouldn't object!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 19:17pm

Robin Trower is definitely worthy of the Hall Of Fame. To me, he was as influential as The Beatles were to my older cousins as far as picking up a guitar. Soulful, bluesy, full on rocking and that amazing tone, Trower can do it all. Not to mention being fan accessible which is important to me at least. I hope Robin Trower gets serious consideration for induction. God Bless James Dewar.

Posted by Ramon Cruz on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 21:14pm

Considering many of the lame that get inducted I won't hold my breath, the RRHOF being american after all will mean they'll induct some lame american before they'll induct Robin. Tis like Hollywood and the Oscars, folks. Pity, because I saw Robin in the 70s when he was filling arenas and stadiums and all the buzz around in those days was this phenom guy call Robin Trower. It's just shameful how the RRHOF operate.

Posted by Peter M on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 17:20pm

Master guitarist Robin Trower should be inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Fame. Trower has built a solid and loyal following over the years and his solo career alone exceeds 35 years.
To see Trower play live in concert is the ultimate. No fancy laser light show,dancers, pyrotechnics,or other distractions here...just some great guitar playing belted out in a power trio format. More often than not,even the guitar savy fan who falls witness to Robin's heavily laced blues based licks leaves the concert venue in awe. Trower is one of the few artists who has ever cracked the Billboard top 40 album charts without the benefit of AM radio airplay. His soulful playing,vibrato technique,melodic chord voicings,and his lyrical and musical arrangements
are second to none. It would truly be a tremendous injustice and oversight if Robin Trower's career did not yield him a well deserved induction into the R&R Hall Of Fame!!!

Posted by Johnny Reason on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 22:33pm

Robin Trower is one of the all time great rock guitarists. He should already be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Mark N on Friday, 07.18.08 @ 10:37am

Bridge of Sighs was one of the hottest "guitar songs" to come out of the 70's. Robin Trower has influenced a generation of guitar players. Many "legendary" or "immortal" guitarist already inducted to this so called Hall of Fame would readily give Robin credit for his innovative creativity. His masterful control of tone and color is unmatched. Fender Guitars and Fulltone Pedals both have signature products that agknowledge Trowers unique style. Robin is influencing the next generation of rock guitarists. His 2008 tour of the US/UK/and Europe was to soldout venues and the many young faces in the crowd were dumbstruck by the performances. I was lucky enough to see Robin on at least 6 separate occasions on the tour. He has matured as a musician and playing better than he ever has. In fact, from one show to the next, he continued to raise the bar pushing himself beyond the safety of sameness. That cannot be said about many of his contemporaries. Perhaps one reason Robin has not made the RRHOF is because he cares more about the music than the business. It is shameful that the nominating comittee is not as dedicated.

Posted by Angie on Friday, 07.18.08 @ 23:56pm

I have been a fan of Robin Trower and his music since the very early 1970's. I make a distinction between the man and his music for good reason. Robin Trower rates very highly in both areas and they are neither inclusive nor exclusive of each other regarding the topic of his being qualified or eligible. Robin Trower has remained true to his calling and his muse as an honest musician who writes and plays music for the simple pleasure of the music itself. He shows great respect for the music and for the people involved in the industry. I have never known Robin to speak an unkind word about anyone or anything regarding the music or the industry. Nor have I ever discovered any hint of Robin having any hidden agenda of pride or self-serving endeavors NOR has he ever shown any ulterior motives for pursuing his career in music. More than just a guitar player, Robin is also a Songwriter of uncommon talent, a Producer of great vision, a human being quick to give of himself for the bettering of his fellow man - and woman - using the myriad talents he has been blessed with regarding his abilities within the music industry. Robin is a multifaceted individual with an energy that belies his age and his continued contributions to the World Art of Music. Never has a man of his many accomplishments been so modest as to actually hide from the limelight. On many occasions Robin has actually preferred the low-profile approach in favor of making certain he remains the humble gentleman while still giving his all to whatever project he is involved in or any of the many individuals he has helped in pursuit of their dream. In addition, never has he demanded attention or recognition for anything he has done. His only focus is in perfect step with his life-style of providing for his family by doing the one thing he was blessed with the talent to do so well - make music, And not just music, but music with a message - and not just one message, but many. Many worthwhile observations on the human condition and the need for peace around the world and around the neighborhood. He never placed his marriage, his family or his career in jeopardy by falling into the all too common traps of wine, women and wild living. No drug stories covered up by a spin-doctor. No extra-marital affairs bringing disrespect upon his family or himself. No attention grabbing schemes or self-serving stunts. In Robin Trower, we find the embodiment of all that is honorable when a man of extreme talent humbles himself and commits to a path of serving others first while staying true to his calling and his God given talent. VH-1 boasts the pursuit of Saving The Music. It is a fine and decent undertaking. Robin Trower is an honest and true example of what is best and embodied in that ideal. As if that were not enough, Robin's music has actually changed lives and saved lives without becoming a preaching platform or a pied piper "Follow me" prideful endeavor. I know this to be true. I am but one of many persons alive today because of Robin's unselfish sharing of true talent, and untarnished example of a life lived for others.
Hundreds, and hopefully thousands echoes my request; we wish Robin to be nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - but NOT for the reasons that many might think. It is our firm belief that Robin himself would prefer to remain low-key and is, in fact, not chasing after this honor at all. We, his fans, ARE chasing after this, on behalf of the many thousands of people who have YET to hear the music of one of this worlds greatest and most humble artists. We want many more persons in this world of fear, hunger and hopelessness to hear the messages Robin's music brings to all who hear him. There is hope! There is a reason NOT to give up. Moreover, the only way MORE people will have the opportunity to be encouraged and empowered by this man's calling is for his life’s work to be given a chance to be known by a larger audience. To this end, we all work and pray.
Thank you.
David Van Kleeck

Posted by David Van Kleeck on Saturday, 07.19.08 @ 01:09am

"Perhaps one reason Robin has not made the RRHOF is because he cares more about the music than the business"- Angie

That statement may not be totally untrue!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 07.19.08 @ 05:03am

If anybody deserves recognition after 44+ YEARS of good solid work it is Robin Trower!! Over 25 albums and hundreds of unique songs. Plus he has collaborated with other musicians too. He's worked solidly through the decades, evolving his musical style but yet remaining unique Trower.

He has been very underrated and sadly neglected by the mainstream rock establishment, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite the tours, the work and albums he continues to put out.

His career took off, without the benefits of the media (radio play, etc), he was filling stadiums in no time at all. Robert Fripp from King Crimson - wrote accolades about his skills back in 73-74 and asked Trower to teach him. He was knocked out seeing Trower play live, for he was stunning (and still is) and a joy to watch.

I've watched Robin's career grow through Procol Harum, where just before he left, lots of fans were mainly attending for Robin. He was the centre of the classic Procol line up which I now believe he needed to leave for his own creative control. He simply grew too big for that set up. However I still love and value his work with Procol Harum’s first five albums.

But I’m glad he left. Much as I loved PH, the Robin Trower Band was just seminal, mixing Soul with a Psychedelic Bluesy/Rock. Beautiful guitar tones combined with the best British vocalist ever, produced an amazing band.

I've seen Trower in nearly all his incarnations (bar the Paramounts), he has grown as a musician and has always remained true to himself. He's the same person he was when I first saw him in 1969. Honest, with a great sense of humour and great, great integrity.

For Earth Below - is one of the best Trower songs ever. I felt blessed when I heard him play it live recently. The first time it had been included in a set list. But he has so many good songs I can’t list a favourite. I have several and rate highly some of the tracks where he provides the vocals (post Dewar).

Robin Trower wouldn’t ever seek this commendation for himself. It is up to us, his fans to do so on his behalf. He is an amazing guitarist, who still tours majorly at 62. He's as versatile and creative as ever, seemingly plucking chords out of the air on stage. But is a consummate (as in skilful and accomplished), level headed, workaholic, professional musician. He is also unique.

He must be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so that many more future musicians can benefit from the legacy that Robin Trower has created.

Posted by Avrillo on Saturday, 07.19.08 @ 08:03am

Robin Trower is a very unique and amazing guitarist who has always played from the soul. As I child, I began listening to him on my 8-track tape player and was hypnotized by his playing style. Now, some 35 years later, I am still as much a fan as I was so long ago. You can obviously see that he loves what he's doing by the many smiles and face guestures he makes while he plays. This man MUST be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is truly a legend who absolutely shold be recognized for his contribution to guitar playing and rock music. Love ya' Robin!!

Posted by DEAN on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 09:00am

Robin Trower should have been inducted long ago. If he does not get in maybe they should rename it the "Celebrity Music Artist Hall of Fame". Forty years of Rockin out. He has to be considered as one the best guitar players ever & his talented song writing matches guitar playing. Why is he not in?

Posted by cudaman on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 17:29pm

Can someone promoting the induction of Robin Trower into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame please explain which specific guitarists he influenced and how he influenced them?

Posted by interviewer on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 19:40pm

A very good question and worthy of investigation. I just did and initial search of MySpace for "Robin Trower". For all MySpace 16,800 hits; Web hits returned 46,800. Admittedly, some of these are videos of Robin's performances and biographical data from fan sites and wiki entries. Many of the Myspace hits are from lists of musical influences posted by members. Perhaps a survey of these members would be enlightening. Also articles on Robin from publications like Modern Guitar would be useful sources.

Posted by Angie on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 20:46pm

Trower is a very good player who has reinvented himself on occasion, he's been around for a lot of years, and he has an overall pretty sound body of work. I've enjoyed his playing, have played "Bridge Of Sighs" and "No Time" a few times, and I also think he does a very good live show, even to this day. His playing style is hard to compare to anyone, simply because he's Robin Trower. He's actually pretty unique...he does incorporate the blues into his playing extensively, but his playing is very distinct (to me it is, anyway)

As for the HOF, I have my doubts as to if he'll ever be nominated. If he ever were to be inducted, I certainly wouldn't object.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 20:47pm

Listening to Robin's guitar in Procol Harum's "Conquistidor", I recall how "unique" his playing and sound was back in the 70's. It seemed to have Jimi Hendrix's blending of notes with a more soulful aspect to it. I never really was a fan of Procol Harem, mainly because they were played to death by radio and every sailor in Norfolk, but everytime I heard that song, I said that guitarist is something different and I had this wierd feeling that I would I would be hearing more from him one day. Around 1974 a co-worker stated that I needed to hear Robin Trower's "Earth Below" album that just came out and that he was better than Hendrix. So I picked it up, put it on the platter ~ Holy Cow! It was the same guy from Procol and here he was transporting me to the alternate reality of the guitar dimension. It was like seeing an old friend - for the first time - if that makes any sense. I immediately proceded to the record shop and grabbed Bridge of Sighs and Twiced Removed - more revelations! How in the world did I not know this fantastic music was around for a few years already. Simply because he never got the mainstream attention, that he deserved. Robin is the consumate blues/rock guitarist with his own unique soulful expressions that leave many in awe. He is an outstanding person, always taking time to connect with his fans and I know I'll never see another performer like that again. I'm so grateful to have witnessed Robin through the years and feel that no other band could have compared to "that feeling" which is experienced listening to his music, even to this day. Rock and Roll/Hall of Fame.....Take Note!

Posted by Ed Walker on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 06:15am

I'm 36 years old and really into RT. He is the greatest musician no one has heard of!! The live shows over the last few years have been world class without a doubt. It must have been awesome to see him with JD and Bill Lordan in some giant stadium or festival. My dad saw him at Reading here in the UK back in the day.
...Of course this man should be in the Hall of Fame. He's not in it to please the PR men,he's in it for the music-His music. Whether he'll get in though i'm not so sure. Here is my vote from the UK.

Posted by Matt T on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 06:25am

Robin is the best guitar player of our time. He should no doubt be nominated for the rock hall of fame.

Posted by Jeff Nelson on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 12:21pm

Robin has class, style and longevity. When you hear his music you know right away who it is. He should have been inducted a long time ago. What's the hold up? or should I be asking what's the criteria for induction into the rock hall of fame? Robin has it, what ever "IT" is.

Posted by Mitch on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 13:46pm

Get him in ASAP. As guitarists go there are very few better than Robin Trower, plain and simple sense really.

Posted by David Craggs on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 14:11pm

A question for the Robin Trower fans: How do you think he stacks up against Stevie Ray Vaughan? Who deserves induction first?

Posted by SRVfan on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 14:15pm

Whilst the reviewer has asked an interesting question above - which other guitarists has Robin influenced - I don't actually agree with it. Have other inductees needed to 'show' this?

I am 55 and have, over the years, seen many absolute top guitarists: Santana, Clapton, Knopfler, Satriani, DiMeola. Not being a R&RHOF afficionado I don't know if all these great guitarists are in there but, if any of them are, then Robin certainly should be in there, too.

Why? Because he is the finest talent I have ever seen play the guitar, the finest rock musician.

I was a Procol fan, so was always likely to follow Robin when he went solo. But I never expected what we actually got... The opening bars of 'I Can't Wait Much Longer' hooked me for life......

Nothing touches me like Robin's music: I find some it reaches me so deeply that it is akin to a spiritual experience. This is all encompassed in the tone, feel and sustain, even the minimalist nature of much of his playing especially nowadays.

But it doesn't surprise me that Robin isn't as big a star as he should be. So much music now is all about flash, speed, vacuousness: with Robin's I find you effectively have to wipe one's mind of how you listen to music generally, and relearn the skill of LISTENING, as it is not (for me) background music. And, in my case, if you think the music comes from his head that is where you will hear it. I believe it comes from somewhere FAR deeper, and that is where I hear, and feel, it. Sublime and unique.

He should be inducted without delay: talent such as his should be honoured and revered.


Posted by Tony Cuomo on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 14:40pm

SRVfan...As a player, I've usually had more trouble with SRV's material (or at least his interpretation) than Trower. He played very fast at times (which I don't think playing fast is Trower's bag), played incredible rhythms, and was very good at muting strings and incorporating leads while strumming (hopefully that makes sense). They're very different players, but both fiercely devoted to the blues. Both have been compared to Hendrix, but I think Trower has had more original material.

They're both great players, but SRV was undeniably in the right place at the right time, which helped his fast rise to fame, while if you put Trower's career on a graph, it would probably be a straight line...good, long career, good material, steady touring, etc...just never had that little bit extra that SRV had, call it what you will.

That's how I see it, anyway. I think they're both wonderful players.

Posted by Guitarzan on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 14:41pm

Robin needs to be in there - plain and simple! A whole generation of guitarists owes thanks to Robin for his ground breaking innovations!

Posted by Dan Cavil on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 23:53pm

Robin should be up there with the best in the ROck and Roll Hall of Fame. Not sure what the criteria are but he must surely meets all of them with knobs on! He may have been influenced by Hendrix but he has evolved a unique style, hard to describe to someone on the steet which is timeless and evokes emotion everytime. Not many artists can do this.

Posted by Heather Collier on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 03:20am

Robin has rocked my world this year, I am a born again rock chick and if he is not in the hall of fame then it didn't ought to even exist.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 17:22pm

Robin is a legendary rock and blues guitarist that has composed and been part of several classic songs. Bridge of Sighs, Whiter Shade of Pale and several others are amazing songs and have stood the test of time for generations. He is a must to be included!!!

Posted by Richard Chavez on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 10:48am

Richard - do you think he should be inducted as a solo artist or as a member of P.H.?

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 11:50am

Robin's unique talent was finally emphasized on Procal Harum's "Broken Barricades". Finally PH allowed Trower to "Shine On Brightly". It's an amazing LP and you can sense Robin's newly found independence as an artist and his guitar is center stage. Especially moving is "Song For A Dreamer", Trower's song written in tribute to Hendrix. Fast Forward nearly 40 years after this release...Robin continues to shine on and is one of the last few remaining master stratocaster players. Robin's solo LPs have remained true to his style of playing and each LP is unique in it's own way. Robin remains true to himself and isn't afraid to try different things. He has always been gracious and is a true gentleman. I have been seeing Robin Trower live since 1977 and the experience of a live RT concert is something no one should miss! To see him immerse himself in a soul searching, searing, beautiful and intense jam is just incredible. He doesn't just play the Fender, he commands it. His back up band has always been top notch and to this day you can sense they truly enjoying performing with one another. Robin should have all ready been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and to be honest I'm astonished at some of the people all ready inducted while Robin has been looked over all these years. Some of my favorite songs are "Go My Way", "Twice Removed From Yesterday"
"Somebody Calling", "Long Misty Days", "Come to Me", "For Earth Below" and "In This Place" just to name a few. Check them out for a good sense of what Robin is all about, and please, don't over look him any longer. Sincerely, Karen Slavik

Posted by Karen Slavik on Saturday, 08.2.08 @ 10:50am

Robin Trower is one of England's finest professional musicians.

A seasoned pro who served his apprenticeship in the 1960s with British 'beat' group, The Paramounts [playing alongside the Beatles and the Stones] and also 'prog' rockers Procol Harum [playing alongside Jimi Hendrix].

'Bridge of Sighs', his second solo album, is one of THE most seminal and influential albums in the history of rock.

He is a musician's musician. A true veteran and elder statesman of rock and roll.

As a guitarist, he is one of only a few artists who has truly conquered the classic combination that is the Fender Stratocaster and Marshall amplication. His tone and accomplishment as a player continue to inspire a worldwide fan base.

As a composer, his conceptual and harmonic sense has created powerful and deeply emotional music.

He continues to develop and extend his artistry. to record and to set himself an incredibly demanding agenda of live touring in the USA and Europe.

A contemporary of the likes of Clapton, Richards, Townsend, Beck, Gilmore et al, it really is time that his talent and contribution were recognised in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Alan Howard on Sunday, 08.3.08 @ 02:45am

It is absolutely ludicrous for Trower to not be in The Hall of Fame. It is equally ludicrous to mention his name in the same breath with some of the inductees and future prospects.

Posted by Ed Tabor on Sunday, 08.3.08 @ 08:10am

I discovered RT back in 1973, and have been a strong supporter of his music for(4)decades.

I do know both of his Baltimore/Washington D.C. shows were SOLD OUT, so that in itself should warrant some strong consideration for his election. His presence was definitely felt here in the states and he still has a strong following.

Such a fine gentlemen too. I personally cannot understand how he isn't been recognized for all his contributions.

Posted by Mark Stevens on Tuesday, 08.5.08 @ 18:57pm

Robin has been blessing our world for decades and continues to do so. His music is unique and heartfelt, not to mention the best guitar player in this world. He should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame because there is none like Him, no not One.
If you all let this one slip you will be look very foolish when you think about it. He is the most deserving player in the world today..
Thanks for your time.

Posted by rainey on Wednesday, 08.6.08 @ 10:31am

I don't quite feel that the question "which specific guitarist has Robin Trower influenced and how has he influenced them" to be relevent to our quest to have RT inducted into the RRHOF. It's a question that can be bounced back and forth forever. The way I look at it? Who has Melanie influenced? Did Bolan inspire Bowie or did Bowie inspire Bolan? It is the body of music produced, the career, the longevity, the legions of fans that still fly to grab tickets when Trower comes to town. His devotion to creating a unique sound is one of his own. I don't know of another guitarist that can generate such power out of a Fender Strat and a Marshall Amp. His song writing is superb and thoughtful, his own. Very rarely does Trower do any covers, if any at all, none live, maybe one or two on disc. Trying to find a guitarist that he influenced is like adding his sound to the mainstream; Trower is true to himself and would never be considered part of the mainstream which is what continues to seperate him from musicians today. I don't doubt that he has inspired many a quitar player though. If you look at his website on Trower Power and check out Steve's Place he has inspired many aspiring guitar player's along the way. Many of his fans are also guitar players and musicians. Trower has also produced for Bryan Ferry and composed a sound track for the movie "The Good Humor Man" to name a few other accomplishments. Trower won't bend for the industry, the industry should bend for Trower. Unless you've listened to Trower over the years, or have yet to see him live, or know of Trower's career at all then you would not be asking this question. It's not who, but what he contributed and still continues to do so.
As for SRV...Trower should get inducted first, just look at his contribution to the industry over the years, see above. I am a fan of SRV, but he did a lot of covers, was not a composer of much original material and his sound live left a lot to be desired. It's too bad that we never got to see what a mature SRV would do with his talent.
Just my humble opinion.

Posted by Karen Slavik on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 16:37pm

Not going to comment on Trower, because somewhere out there on another page I stated I was in the Yes column regarding his induction.

As for Bolan vs Bowie -


Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 19:13pm

"What wíll impress the committee, are the three I's: innovation, influence and impact (on the history of rock 'n roll, not on their fans)." -The_Claw (Three Dog Night Friday, 08.8.08 @ 18:22pm)

Why can't Robin Trower fans understand they are sounding like the Steve Perry fans when they make comments like Karen above?

Posted by interviewer on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 19:28pm

Hey Cheescrop
Loved the post, thanks, Karen

Posted by Karen on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 19:31pm

Hey Steve Perry Fan, when you check out Trower, let us know okay? Get a grip, check out some of the losers all ready inducted and then give me a good reason WHY Trower should not be included. Steve Perry is a misnomer. Go ahead and vote for the New Kids On The Block why don't you? It fits the format. Research before you reply. And read my post again, it may be actually informative for you. Best Wishes, Karen

Posted by Karen Slavik on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 19:37pm

To Interviewer,

1. It sounds like you may have read one too many management books . . . "the three I's" - originally is harder, but better;

2. Show an element of respect for Karen's views without resorting to derogatory comment;

3. Like me, Karen posts comments using her real name - not sure why you feel the need to hide behind a soubriquet?

4. Robin Trower fans are not one, large, homogenous unit – we’re all individual’s with our own lives, predicaments, beliefs and views – show some respect, particularly to the ladies who enjoy posting their comments. Otherwise, they will feel harassed, and discontinue posting their valuable input.

Posted by Ronnie Kerrigan on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 07:51am

Ronnie K....first of all discediting one artist to bolster another is most annoying. Robin Trower can stand on his own merits without comparison to SRV, and as humble of a man as he is, I'm sure he'd be embarrassed by it.

As far as "soubriquets" go, people who know me have referred to me as "Gitarzan" for years...I think it's funny, so I use it here. Go listen to the song by Ray Stevens...shows you how serious I take a lot of things. Using your own name here really doesn't mean a whole lot.

As far as posting comments, it's pretty much "everyone for themselves"'re going to have people who agree, some who don't. Just be prepared to back up what you say, it shouldn't matter what gender you are. If it's simply an opinion, people will respect it a lot more than unsubstantiated nonsense.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 08:43am

Listen, I wrote what I did and I stand by it. I feel honored that Ronnie would reinforce what I said. Let me clarify for all of you here that I mentioned SRV in response to another's posting, end of story. What the interviewer wrote in response to me in mentioning Steve Perry and his question was just plain nonsense, as I said, in my humble opinion. What I find unsubstantiated is the fact that there are nearly 1370 members on Trower Power and only 176 votes here! Gitarzan, if I am not mistaken, forgive me if I am, you are also a member of the website. Why not put your fingers to better use and vote if you haven't all ready, and get your mates to do the same? We're not here to bicker but to help Robin get the exposure and credit he so deserves. Thank You Ronnie, thanks to all of you who have voted and especially to those that keep the positive aspect of this endeavor flowing. Karen

Posted by Karen Slavik on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 14:59pm

David, you're post was perfect. Thank you for summing RT up so brilliantly.

Posted by Karen Slavik on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 15:21pm

By the way, using my full name here in support of Robin is the only way for me to go. I don't wish to hide behind a nickname when it comes to something as important as this, in support of Robin Trower. I see Gitarzan you're not a member of Trower Power, hopefully you'll check that site out a bit, also if you were offended by my thoughts on SRV vs Trower I can't help that. It's like comparing apples and oranges.

Posted by Karen Slavik on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 15:55pm

Let's see...Robin Trower is one of my friends on Myspace. When you go to my site, the song you hear is "Bridge Of Sighs", so I guess you could say I don't have anything against him.

When it comes to Robin Trower, I know a great deal about him, have played some of his material, and generally think he's one of the true unsung guitar heroes. So, how do you know if I voted or not?

Instead of rambling on about what other artists have or haven't done, just stick to RT's attributes and people would probably be more responsive. Anything else does make you sound like the annoying fans on other pages or worse yet, a politician!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 20:42pm

jessie...If you're wondering about the buzz about Robin Trower, check out this video of him performing one of his more well known songs;

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 21:03pm

Love Robin Tower ..I hope he gets in..!

Posted by Mrxyz on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 21:10pm

Okay Gitarzan; Being that your such a Trower afficianado, and not to mention, personal friend; perhaps you can answer the question that started this roll down the hill in the first place and put it all to rest all ready. Which specific guitarist(s) has RT influenced and how has he influenced them? Looking forward to your reply. Politicians? Annoying Fans? Let's get this discussion back on track for Trower's sake. I'm not going to justify any more idiotic posts with a response, this is not the place for it. Karen

Posted by Karen Slavik on Sunday, 08.10.08 @ 13:53pm

Without a doubt Robin Trower is one of the true guitar super talents of any genre of all time. It would be a travesty for him not to see his work recognized by recieving a spot in the hall of fame. My wife and I went to the rock hof last year and it just didn't seem right that he wasnt there. In my opinion, the hof loses much credibility by excluding someone so profoundly talented and proven.

Posted by phil holtz on Sunday, 08.10.08 @ 17:04pm

Thank You Phil! Best Wishes, Karen

Posted by Karen Slavik on Sunday, 08.10.08 @ 19:43pm

Let's see...what can I say that's idiotic?? Maybe that you're "preachin' to the choir", Karen?? Oh, and he had an influence on me...there's a good place to start!! Being friends on Myspace doesn't constitute a "warm & fuzzy" relationship, but what I've found to be a very informative, thought out site. I've known of his work since Procol Harum, I know he plays with very heavy strings, tuned down a full step, He uses Marshall 100 watt amps, usually JCM800's and JCM900's, and uses a Marshall 100 watt "plexi" head (a classic). I know the reasons why he uses what he does and why he tunes down a full you???

He's a great player, I don't deny that. I wouldn't have any qualms with him being inducted. Getting agitated at me is totally absurd (which I see a lot of, anyway...oh, well). The nominating committee doesn't have a very good track record inducting artists like RT...maybe you should go bitch at them. If you're this way with me, I'd hate to see how you are with someone who DOESN'T like him!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 08.10.08 @ 22:29pm

karen i dont think ive ever even met a chic who knew who robin trower was, let alone one who was a fan. thats cool as hell. kind of hot actually. anyway, does anyone know if the rock hof sees these comments?

Posted by phil holtz on Tuesday, 08.12.08 @ 16:10pm

I really do have a hunch that committee members do look into this site occasionally.

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 08.12.08 @ 18:25pm

Robin Trower music is sweet to the soul. Any decade just listen, you do find what you need. Take a listen and enjoy the peace.

Posted by rainey on Tuesday, 08.12.08 @ 19:07pm

I’m as big a Trower fan as anybody I know, but anyone who’s heard songs like Lenny and Tightrope by SRV or saw him on the In Step tour with Jeff Beck knows he belongs in the HOF. So does Jeff Beck, for that matter (although I guess he’s already in there as a member of the Yardbirds), as well as Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, and Randy Rhoads, to name a few. Who should go in first? It’s like asking, “Which one is better, vanilla or chocolate?” They’re all deserving in their own right.

Posted by John B on Wednesday, 08.13.08 @ 07:59am

I first listened to Robin Trower as guitarist for Procol Harum in the late 60's. Then as a solo artist fronting his own band, he had tremendous success throughout the mid--late '70's when disco was taking radio away from rock, Trower dominated the music scene with great compositions and musicianship. My real vote comes due to his work with Jack Bruce (inducted with Cream in 1993) on two albums released in 1981, and then after 26 years recording a new awesome album with Bruce titled "Seven Moons". Forty plus years he's toured and recorded excellent music, a real champion.

Posted by Jeff Platt on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 01:50am

I don't think it would put Robin up nor down whether he was voted into RRHOF. He's been in the zone for 40+ years and has nothing to prove. He has been head and shoulders above any other guitarist/songwriter of his era. His material is his testament.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 08.20.08 @ 06:03am

should he be inducted? Yes. Will he be?
No..does it really matter? No. Who cares enjoy
The music and your own personal stories and memories!!

7 moons!!!!!!!!

Posted by Seven moons on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 17:56pm

First and foremost, if Madonna, Elvis Costello, R.E.M. and The Clash are in this so called HOF,there is so much injustice not to have a name like Robin Trower there also. No injustice to the aforementioned, but to not include Trower after his career and accomplishments is a travesty. For someone who has rocked this world for over 35, 40 years, Trower has influenced many of the true musicians who are in there today. I voted to get him in this so called HOF, but I don't hold this said HOF with any high esteem. To see who they have left out over the years is ludacris to say the least. Trower is on my list of top 5 ever and probably is on the top 10 list of many others who share the world of rock like we enthusiastically do. So it should be inevitable that this icon is placed in this HOF. Long live Trower and God bless us all.

Posted by Don on Sunday, 08.24.08 @ 10:42am

One would only assume the powers that be have some sort of criteria when deciding who's worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Standing the infamous test of time seems like an obvious must to get into the Hall.Mr Robin Trower has proven that his material is as fresh and vital now as it was back in the early 70's. Robin is one of the few artists that has the ability to run the gamut of emotions and to paint vivid scenes with his seamless semi mystical guitar style. When he first arrived on the music scene he was unfairly thrust into the Hendrix heir apparent role along with Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush.I feel Robin has been able to silence the naysayers and the critics by releasing album after album that each have their own flavor and are distinctively Robin stamped with his own brand of emotion soul and style. One of the biggest joys in my life lately was taking my 15 year old son to see Robin.He was totally blown away and awestruck as he watched one of the living legends weave his musical spell.
Even if Robin never gets into the Hall as he should I'll take solace knowing that my son is part of the next generation of guitarists that strive to emulate a master.

Posted by massmully on Sunday, 08.31.08 @ 12:52pm

I'm a metallist, not a pure RT fan, but let's be honest, he's made some very profound music.
RT Live, for example, is simply one of the high points of human civilisation.
This man has virtually justified our existence on the planet with his playing. (Reading that back, it sounds daft, but some of you will know what I mean.)
Influential? I know he influenced me to play (and also to laugh and cry with joy on occasions).
He SO does not need the puny RRHoF...

Posted by Paulmartin on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 08:43am

Robin has certainly had a long,and influential career for the sixties to the present.
He has inluenced many,many guitarists and also helped introduce his fans to the music of Jimi Hendrix (assuming they never checked him out).
Never one not to sing Jimi's praises and how much he loved his hero's music.

I vote Yes!

Posted by Cal on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 12:44pm

Robin Trower is a perfect example of no "gray" area...he's an obvious inductee for some, and someone they've never heard of to others.

I certainly wouldn't object to him being nominated. He's had a very storied career (some mainstream...some not) and he is a brilliant player who I count as an influence. My favorites by him are "Bridge Of Sighs" (duh!!!) and "No Time"...I like him in general, but those songs will make me stop what I'm doing...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 09:35am

I certainly wouldn't object to him being nominated.
Posted by Gitarzan

Agreed, He has such a great overall sound outside of his fantastic chops.

You know what latterday releases are really worth checking out if you haven't.

The "BBC Radio One Live" cd.
It was recorded from the same tour that his orig. live album was,but imo much better.
I remember buying Robin Trower-Live when it was first released and being disappointed Day Of the Eagle wasn't on it.
This cd opens with it,it just smokes!
I also like his 1994 release "20th Century Blues".
He was back to a trio and it's a very consistent album.
My only complaint about Trower is at times he can get a little longwinded in his solos.
But i guess that can be said of most guitar heroes at times.
Trower has been through some hard times too.
He got screwed by his old record label Chrysalis,had his vintage collection of Strats stolen.
He said he had reall early serial numbers too.
Bummer,still out there playing his heart out,sounding great while doing so.
He's got Davey Pattison back on board handling lead vocals who i really like.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:01am

It's a crime that Robin Trower is not yet in the R&R Hall of Fame!!! Ten years and counting of being eligible. His Bridge Of Sighs album should put him in there by itself nevermind all the other great music he's recorded.

Posted by ElGouto on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 12:15pm

I agree.Bridge of Sighs is one of the greatest rock albums ever.It alone should put him in the Hall of Fame,not counting his other great work, such as his Live album,For Earth Below, and his newer stuff with Jack Bruce.Robin was there at the beginning of the British Rock scene, and is one of the few from that time still going strong.
I was fortunate enough to see him in concert last April, and he hasn't lost a lick. I was also able-to my extreme delight- to meet him after the show and found him to be a very polite, down-to-Earth person. As the music scene is awash in insufferable, no-talent prima-donnas,to meet a gentleman was a rare treat.The age of the fans ranged from early twenties to mid-sixties(I am 52),and shows Robin's attraction across all age groups.
I can assure you Robin's selection would be met with great excitement and heartfelt gratitude by his legions of loyal fans.

Posted by Sling Blade on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 16:16pm

Sling Blade...Ummm..I a'reckon I won't mind seein' him in there...Ummm Hmmmm....!!!

Couldn't resist...LOL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 19:01pm

Robin Trower has had a huge impact on the entire rock music community. I have been listening to him since the 70's, at a time when radio played a little of everything. After hearing "Caledonia" on a Chicago station, I was floored by this new sound.

Everything about Robin’s music was cool. The infectious groove, solid walking bass lines, precision drumming, stellar vocals, and guitar that no one would match. This was a rare combination of musicians, who played purely from the soul.

Now decades later, we have endured years of meaningless musical trends. Music is now assembled by computers. Workers cut and paste sounds from other artists’ previous works. Where do we find musical humanity, within this desert?

Robin Trower is as vital now, as when he began. His music has stood the test of time. Tracks from “Bridge of Sighs” can still be heard on the waves regularly. With both feet planted firmly, Robin continually pours out his craft for all. Robin still plays with the fire that was ablaze, since his spirit rocked 70's radio. May his well be endless!!

Posted by Gary Bernal on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 10:04am

Its a crying shame that one of the VERY best musicans to come from across the pond.i cant count how many BRIDGE OF SIGHS albums and cds ive worn out. ill be contacting the hall of fame over his not being there NOW,THIS INSTANT.the man is BRILLIANT NO DOUBET MY LIFE IS RICHER FOR HIS MUSIC.

Posted by M HUNGERFORD on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 23:38pm

Why not all of Procol Harem? It would not have sounded the same or nearly as good without all of them.

Posted by GB on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 00:40am

Robin without question should be in the hall of fame. I have been following him his entire career. He is the reason I started playing guitar and has influenced me so much. He is constantly re inventing himself and his music like fine wine just gets better with age. Vote him in now. If anyone ever deserved it its surely robin trower

Posted by gabe falsetta on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 11:28am

Robin Trower is a superb rock/blues guitarist that has influenced an untold number of other guitarists, so I doubt that the RRHF will induct him. The Rock and Roll hall of fame is a JOKE!!

Posted by Kramo on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 14:49pm

Robin Trower has influenced many upcoming and well known guitar players in the world. Anyone who mentions Jimi, Clapton, ect. also has great things to say about Robin. I try to make every concert when hes close by. This man deserves to be in the Rock Hall. Never stop. Thanks Dave

Posted by Dave on Thursday, 11.27.08 @ 07:41am

Robin Trower is in part responsible for my lifelong adoration of rock music and in particular killer guitar playing. The first time I heard him I swooned, the first time I saw him live I wanted to be his groupie. So glad to see all the support and recognition for him here; I agree his exclusion so far from the HOF is beyond explanation but as some have pointed out if he never gets nominated or inducted it won't change the tremendous positive influence he's had on so many. I adore him.

Posted by estivator on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 13:37pm

Sumbody is voting repeatedly for Robin Trower!

Posted by Worm on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 07:09am

If any guitar player ever deserved to be in the hall it's Robin Trower. He's one of the greatest players ever and also a great song writter. just look at the body of work this man has produced. How many songs have the players that are in the hall written. But then Robin has always been over looked. There is alot of musicians in the hall that couldn't carry his guitar pick.

Posted by David A. Viers on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 20:01pm

Procol Harum should be in the RHOF. They were the first rock band to take classical, psychedelic, R&B tunes and mix up some Dylan style lyrics and you have a potion of music that stands on his one.

For anyone that doesn't think Trower rocked in Procol Harum listen to "Home" or "Broken Barricades". Tunes like "Whisky Train", "Piggy, Pig, Pig", "Whaling Stories", "Song For A Dreamer", "Simple Sister", "Poor Mohammed", "Playmate Of the Mouth" have Trower riffs that pre-date his obsession with the Strat and are uncomparable.

His solo LP's in the 70's revived the ghost of Jimi Hendrix and Cream, sauced in with Trower's hypnotic playing.

Procol should go in before Robin but either way he's been a great player his entire career.

He actually sang a song on "A Salty Dog" called "Crucifiction Lane" that is one of the best Procol blues tunes ever recorded. He sang like he was a black southern american.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 15:47pm

All of the comments above have great value in them.
The Hall of Fame recognizes the influence an Artist has had over his fans and his peers. On both counts Robin Trower stands tall.
For the 50th Anniversary of the Stratocaster Fender chose to make a Robin Trower Signature Series Guitar. If that's not influence what is. Every great guitar player of the past forty years has been influenced in some way by Robin, if not by his playing ability then surely by his mastery of Tone. Any player that denies this has either been living in a closet or is lying.
Robin"s entry into the Hall of Fame is "Inevitable", and that's all there is to it.
Gentleman and Ladies, "Do You Job".

Posted by Michael on Saturday, 03.7.09 @ 15:52pm

"The Hall of Fame recognizes the influence an Artist has had over his fans"--Michael

No they don't. Peers, yes. Fans, they don't give a shit about.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.7.09 @ 16:29pm

I was fortunate enough to have been in my teens in the early seventies and saw many famous rock bands in their peaks. I only saw Trower once and that was with Procol Harum. They were squeezed between Mountain and Ten Years After both with very good guitarists, Leslie West and Alvin Lee.

Trower's playing during that show for me was much more memorable than West's or Lee's and I'm a fan of both.

I'd go as far to say that of all the great guitarists I had a chance to see live I think there was only one that impressed me more than Trower and that was Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple. He was able to squeeze sounds and distortions out of his guitar like no performer I've heard then or since.

I saw alot of great bands with great guitar players in the 70's including:

Joe Walsh, Pete Townsend, Todd Rundgren, David Gilmour, Peter Frampton, Randy California, Martin Barre, Leslie West, Alvin Lee, Tony Ionni, Mick Ronson, Jeff Beck, Stephen Stills,Terry Kath, Justin Hayward, Neil Young, Steve Howe, Robert Fripp, Greg Lake, Jerry Garcia, Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Mick Ralphs, Randy Bachman, Steve Hackett to name just a few.

Other than Blackmore, Trower blew me away more than the others. David Gilmour and Duane Allman were also pretty amazing in '71.

Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 11:58am

I was fortunate enough to have been in my teens in the early seventies and saw many famous rock bands in their peaks. I only saw Trower once and that was with Procol Harum. They were squeezed between Mountain and Ten Years After both with very good guitarists, Leslie West and Alvin Lee.

Trower's playing during that show for me was much more memorable than West's or Lee's and I'm a fan of both.

I'd go as far to say that of all the great guitarists I had a chance to see live I think there was only one that impressed me more than Trower and that was Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple. He was able to squeeze sounds and distortions out of his guitar like no performer I've heard then or since.

I saw alot of great bands with great guitar players in the 70's including:

Joe Walsh, Pete Townsend, Todd Rundgren, David Gilmour, Peter Frampton, Randy California, Martin Barre, Leslie West, Alvin Lee, Tony Ionni, Mick Ronson, Jeff Beck, Stephen Stills,Terry Kath, Justin Hayward, Neil Young, Steve Howe, Robert Fripp, Greg Lake, Jerry Garcia, Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Mick Ralphs, Randy Bachman, Steve Hackett to name just a few.

Other than Blackmore, Trower blew me away more than the others. David Gilmour and Duane Allman were also pretty amazing in '71.

Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 11:58am

Robin Trower may be great but please do not forget that it was a 3 piece band and Bridge of sighs was a truly great album made all the better by the late great James Dewar and the phenominal drumming of Reg Isidore who is still alive and kicking. Playing and holding down a job as a truly phenominal cabinet maker. See he is good at everything he does.
The drumming is still very close to his heart and with his brother Gus (Seal 2 album) and Andrew Hart (Base_)they have been playing a few gigs around SW London so if you true Trower fans want to see the original Trower drummer please comment and maybe we can get a following.Thanks for your time. Louise

Posted by Louise Hooper on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 01:33am

"Too Rolling Stoned" kind of sums up the post Procol Trower sound. Those songs start out slowly and mystically and then about half way through he just starts ripping out the notes.

Its amazing how much his song titles actually describe the music. "Bridge Of Sighs" as a title again refers to the dreamy medium of the music as the "Too Rolling Stoned" title is a testament to the "grassy" nature of most his 70's fans.

On the last Procol album, "Broken Barricades" he created his future sound in "A Song For A Dreamer".

His music is so unique in that its a positive/negative theme. Its so heavy but its so mellow at the same time.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 18:45pm

I agree with Louise, Robin Trower's classic album 'Bridge of Sighs' were punctuated by the amazing vocals of James Dewar and the phenominal drumming of Reg Isidore who also played on the RT, Jack Bruce album 'Truce'.

Robin can use all the jazz funk drummers in the world and no one can hold a candle to the work that Reg Isidore created. The man was an animal on the drums. What a power house!!!

If Robin is inducted into the Rock and roll hall of fame it will be because of the first two milestone albums Reggie played on. So I hope Reg gets his propers too as it would be a travesty if does'nt. What say yee about this?

Posted by Gregg Kofi Brown on Saturday, 03.14.09 @ 14:07pm

I say give jack his jacket cause the drum stool alway's belonged to Reg Isidore,who is still kicking that bass drum like no other.I Gus Isidore have the greatest of pleasure making music with my brother Reg,and in my opinion,he is already in the hall of fame in my books.Justice will prevail.

Posted by Gus isidore on Tuesday, 03.17.09 @ 12:48pm

Any Trower fans out there that saw Procol between 1969-1971 that remember the shows. I saw Procol with him during 1970 when PH went to a very guitar oriented sound. Every song except for "A Salty Dog" they played had intense Trower solo's. In those days he was playing Gibson's and his sound was a lot different than when he switched to the strat. The Strat Trower played smoother and slower. When he was with Procol his tone had more fuzz to it and was more distorted. He also played his notes faster than on the later work.

Any comments from Procol era Trower fans?

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 16:30pm

Robin Trower is the greatest Blues Talent & Blues guitarist Alive today.Even with the loss of first James Marshall Hendrix Many Moons Ago & more "recently" Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Blues & guitar world suffered catastrophic losses in both cases.Having Robin Trower Alive & Well and performing all these years has been nothing short of a Blessing.The most beautiful & Genuine aspect of his playing to me, through the years has been that Robin has ALWAYS continued to be himself,nothing more & nothing less and we hear this on EVERY album he has released...And his sound is recognized worldwide immediately, and has always stood out to me as his Identity that seperates him from all the other great Blues masters including Jeff Beck,Jimmy Page,& Eric Clapton.Watching Robin Trower play the Soulful Blues guitar that only he is capable of, is a Mind Expanding experience that can stand up alongside the Masters of the Blues & Jazz such as seeing Stevie Ray Vaughn,Jimi Hendrix,Miles Davis,Muddy Waters,Sugar Blue,Otis Rush,John Lee Hooker, or Freddie King.With the death of Stevie Ray Vaughn,all of us who were hardcore devoted fans of Hendrix were deeply saddened by the sudden loss of talent.I was crushed when Stevie died after seeing him 6 times in my life,including the Jeff Beck Fire Meets The Fury Tour in 1989.However, I knew I could continue to draw my inspiration to play and continue my Love of the guitar always because I had been a Robin Trower fan first,foremost, and always.For all the criticism & comparison he endured to Hendrix after Jimi died, he never wavered in his conviction to not only play the Blues,but to play it himself the way he wanted to regrdless of Jimi Hendrix existance.I defended Robins playing and turned many a Hendrix fan on to Robin for 30 years now.I of course am a lifelong devoted student of both Robin Trower & Jimi Hendrix.For those that ever tried to talk of Robin in a negative light regarding his sound in regards to Hendrix= I never failed to remind them that the Legions of Hendrix fans that began to appear at his concerts by the thousands were proof enough & the highest compliment in that fact alone was paid back to Robin Trower & im sure he knows it.If he doesnt, I would tell him "you,your band,your albums,AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVE SHOWS were a Safe Haven for the Mind Blowing Blues that these thousands of "lost sheep from Jimis Flock", were seeking and you delivered the EXCITING,INTENSE, BLUES DRIVEN guitar playing they all craved.And you did it the Only Way Possible: By playing Robin Trower material

God Bless Robin he deserves this as an Icon of the Guitar Beyond A Shawdow of Any Doubt.

Posted by Danny Guitar Rogers on Sunday, 03.29.09 @ 21:59pm

Danny Guitar Rogers...I don't know that I share your enthusiasm for Trower, but I will acknowledge that he's a great player. "Bridge Of Sighs" is one of my all-time favorite tracks, one of those songs that makes you think "how did he ever come up with that?"

He's definitely an artist who has stayed true to his craft...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.29.09 @ 22:08pm

I saw this question below from SRVfan & as a devoted fan of both Robin and Stevie Ray Vaughn (RIP) I would like to respond respectfully to this one for certain:

"A question for the Robin Trower fans: How do you think he stacks up against Stevie Ray Vaughan? Who deserves induction first?

Posted by SRVfan on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 14:15pm"

I would like to respond by saying that I have been playing the guitar and teaching others to play for 25 years here on the south side of Chicago.

I have also met many & even performed with some of the most legendary Blues musicians that have ever existed as influences of BOTH Mr.Robin Trower & Mr.Stevie Ray Vaughn.I am sitting in my home typing this within 150 feet of Little Walters grave and Muddy Waters,Willie Dixon,Hound and Dog Taylor are buried 5 minutes from here as well.

With that being said, I also must say I was Dumbfounded & Amazed when I first discovered Mr Stevie Ray Vaughn in and it was "Soul to Soul" that grabbed my heart and just proved to me "here is a true Master of the Jimi Hendrix School of Soul & Blues"..who had borrowed from Jimi and then created his own style and music after,and Stevie never was bashful about telling us all that he had been profoundly influenced by Hendrix himself.
I managed to beg my father to take me to see him perform 6 times live between 1985 & 1989.

My answer to this question would be one that those of us who grew up in the 1970s & 1980s clutching copies of "For Earth Below,Bridge Of Sighs,Axis Bold As Love, and Are You Experienced" in one hand & a Fender Stratocaster in the other would understand & most certainly identify with :

Of Course Robin Trower should be inducted BEFORE Stevie Ray Vaughn!!!

How does Robin "Stack Up" alongside Stevie???

Id say "Robin Blows him off the Stage"!!!! ...

But thats just Danny Rogers thought on this matter..

"Too Rolling Stoned" ALONE is so Heavy that I would "stack it up" against Stevies Entire Career...

But that doesnt mean SRV wasnt

It simply means Robin is a very Deep Blues Experience not to be taken lightly! Or compared to ANYONE

Mr Jeff Beck almost ran Stevie off the stage during "Im Going Down" on the Fire Meets The Fury Tour at the UIC Pavillion 1989 here in Chicago...which was something etched in my mind Forever lol (gotta step very carefully around these British Blues Masters= THEY ARE DANGEROUSLY GOOD AT AMERICAN BLUES!!! haaahaah

There simply would be No Stevie Ray Vaughn without Robin Trower,Jeff Beck,Peter Green,Jack Bruce,Billy Gibbons,Keith Richards,Alvin Lee,Eric Clapton,Hendrix and Jimmy Page in the "Grand Scheme of Things/Evolution of The Electric Guitar"...These Blues musicians are simply in a class of thier own that Stevie Ray wasnt in= in as far as Groundbreaking Advances in music coming from an Electric Guitar

Robin simply came to stardom first and paved the Way that only He Could in the aftermath of the death of Jimi Hendrix.Robins MASSIVE Talent was not meant to be held back at that time,Nor Would it Be,nor was it meant to be compared to Stevie Ray Vaughns now=


Because Robin simply didnt have a Stevie Ray Vaughn to draw inspiration from or be influenced by in any way!!

Robin didnt have the same Luxury that SRV had of being able to listen to BOTH Muddy Waters & Robin Trower WHILE TEACHING HIMSELF AND LEARNING THE GUITAR.And this is apparent when Robin straps on a Fender and begins to Re-define The Blues each and everytime he plays the glorious 2nd half of Too Rolling Stoned.These are "OtherWordly statements of Blues that he created without having any knowledge I assume of a Stevie Ray Vaughn on the scene at the time.

Danny Guitar Rogers
Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood

Posted by Danny Guitar Rogers on Sunday, 03.29.09 @ 22:55pm

Danny...the one thing I can say as far as comparison of Trower and SRV is they're uniquely different. It's easy for people like us to recognize either when we hear them. also, you and I have a differing view of SRV and Jeff Beck playing "Goin' Down", whereas I thought it was just an awesome event, devoid of a clear cut "winner".

The thing that seperates the great ones from the "also-rans" is their ability to be unique...I love them all.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 03.30.09 @ 18:43pm

I'm not a guitar player but to compare Robin Trower's playing to SRV's is similar to comparing Babe Ruth to Bobby Bonds (no steriod talk here). They both hit tons of home runs.

Ruth played in an era of a dead baseball, traveling on trains and partying his brains out and still put up numbers that took more than a half century to be bested.

Bonds had all the comforts of the best athletic facilities to train in as well as being in better shape than Babe Ruth.

Trower is like a Babe Ruth in that he was there first and did it first without the technology and mentors to learn from. SRV is more of a Bonds, he has better fingers than Robin, but Robin is a more geniune and original talent. SRV was great, but RT could play within the confides of a great classical progressive band like Procol Harum and still stand out on guitar in an un-guitar oriented band. If you put SRV in Procol Harum he couldn't play that style.

Personally I was more into the last 2 Procol Harum LP's when Trower stretched out than his solo LP's only because I liked the pompousness and grandeur of Procol's organs and keyboards mixed in with Trower's nasty guitar playing.

His solo stuff is very, very deep and intense. What I do find that is the only thing I would ever say in any negative way is that Robin did go into a very spacey/stoney sound compared to playing in Procol, which he was the roudy player amongst the tuxedo's.

If I want to listen to space guitar give me David Gilmour stretching out in Pink Floyd "Echoes" or Steve Hillage's version of "Its All Too Much", a remake of the Beatles song from Yellow Submarine.

As great as he sounded on the strat I still like his tone better when he played the Gibson. Likewise with Clapton, his sound changed totally going from Gibson to Fender.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 04.1.09 @ 19:46pm

Robin Trower deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. No if, and's or but's about it.

Posted by Mark Cooper on Tuesday, 04.7.09 @ 11:03am

Robin Trower is the best. It didn't matter what carnation of the band was, with the soulful James Dewar and Bill or Reg, to one of rock's greatest voices and bass players, Jack Bruce and Gary, you were listening to the best.

Posted by Mark Lucas on Tuesday, 04.7.09 @ 11:16am

One of the greatest guitarist of all time . It is truly a shame he does not get the fame he deserves .One of the greatest of all time, understatement .Truly one of the greatest strat players of all time

Posted by larry gilbert on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 23:13pm

This man is the greatist electric guitarist of all time. Original. A survivor. A humble genius.I've played 'Bluebird" for all of my kids when they would go to bed - now they've all grown up to be amazing,sensitive,intelligent Robin?? Ohhh yeah!!! Give this gentle soul his due - he is a treasure.

Posted by michael bowen on Friday, 05.15.09 @ 00:06am

To Gus

Thanks for posting here. I would like to express my deep condolences at the passing of your brother, Reg. He was one of the greats and will always be respected and remembered for his fine work with Robin. People often forget that a star rarely climbs to the heavens alone. Reg will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege to hear him play.

With kindest regards

Posted by Twister on Sunday, 05.24.09 @ 21:17pm

Hmmm... I think its all backwards and that the R&R HOF is not worthy of Trower. He's doing just fine without it and we all know that. Robin is, and always will be at the top of my personal HOF list. If he makes it, great, he certainly has earned the distinction and deserves to be there. If he doesn't, there is no shame, Robin, only the satisfaction of knowing in your heart that your fans will ALWAYS be there with you and remember you with, or without the R&R HOF.

Play on, Robin, play on... We love you!

Posted by Tim on Thursday, 06.4.09 @ 10:19am

Trower is an amazing guitar player and a much-underrated songwriter. He might have a better shot at the Hall of Fame if he had packaged his 1970s trio as a band. The combination of his guitar playing and James Dewar's singing was magical.

Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Thursday, 06.4.09 @ 21:15pm

I truly pray to whatever gods were ,are or may be that he is duly not inducted.

It seems awfully peevish, myopic even obscene to compare his sound .


And truly , Mr. Trower doesn't require the slithering tentacles of those peevish selfindulgent santimonius pips o'er at the RRHOF to glean recognition.
The stellar Ocean that is "Trower" humbly levels the surf with his audience, embraces his fans, envelopes and consumes our senses with his vibrations in time,

...that will remain constant
and immortal
as the sea.

Posted by Jess Lisa on Saturday, 06.6.09 @ 02:09am


Posted by Wow on Saturday, 06.6.09 @ 02:15am

what she said.
alla it.
Jessica come peeve wit me.

Posted by smitten by da kitten on Saturday, 06.6.09 @ 02:19am

I am not quite sure with what Jess Lisa said, but it sure sounds good to me.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 06.6.09 @ 13:27pm

Alot of top pro guitar slingers catch Robin when he's on tour! Need I say any more?

Posted by Joe Sullivan on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 10:17am

Robin Trower is a Rock legend. An original artist who has influenced the history of Rock Guitar. Induct him into the R&R Hall of Fame.

Posted by Kay on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 11:34am

I know this question is from last year but a guitarist who was influenced by Robin Trower? Paul Gilbert, not too shabby of a guitarist himself, searched out Robin for an interview in Guitar World a while back. Also, I caught Robin Trower at the Murat in Indianapolis last week and was still amazed by the man's soulful tone and killer sustain. I have never been disappointed at a Trower performance, from the 70's to now.
Thanks for your support,

Posted by Ramon Cruz on Wednesday, 07.1.09 @ 20:17pm

I don't understand why Robin Trower is not in the RR Hall of Fame. What classic radio station does not play Robin Trower? A great guitarist who has put out some great music. When you hear Robin, you know who it is. There are many artist who are already in the RRHF and don't deserve to be there ahead of Robin Trower.

Posted by Gary Birch on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 18:06pm

As for Procol Harem's induction, I'm all for that because they basically invented progressive rock. For Trower's solo work, I'm not sure in that department.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 19:08pm

If anyone today should be inducted it should be Robin.... By far he is the most creative and longest lasting musician the world has seen, his passion goes beyond anyone I ever heard of, and im a Jimi fan. Lets put the man where he belongs in the hall of fame, imagine how he would feel!!!!

Posted by gabe on Monday, 10.12.09 @ 16:38pm

Great player

Posted by The Drummer on Saturday, 10.24.09 @ 09:11am

Shame on the R&RHOF. Robin is one of the finest guitar players of our time. By the way the late great Jimmy Dewar also belongs in. R.T hope to see ya next year in the third farewell tour.

Posted by Eddie on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 21:31pm

It would simply serve well to have the judges and crtics pick up a strat and provide me the same level of talent as trower provides. I have been playing for 35 years and cannot come close with all 23 systems I use to play with Gretsch to Fender.....

Posted by Rick on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 21:08pm

just saw robin for the first time...thank God I finally had the chance. He's so good it's beyond words...he's better than clapton, better than hendrix, as good as anyone who's ever played an instrument. he's not just a technician, he's a musician...of the highest order. he understands the emotion that music must convey to have any meaning at all..can't say enough about him..

Posted by Bob on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 06:58am

Judging by the date of Bob’s comments (last post), likely we saw the same show here in Florida. I, like many others who have posted, have been a Trower fan since the beginning of his solo career before I even knew he played with Procol Harum whom I also loved. The first time I heard Bridge of Sighs was on an album feature show on the FM radio when I was ten or eleven years old in ’74. I was so blown away by what I heard that I could hardly sleep waiting until morning to go to the record store and buy it.
Now at 47 I have a son who is thirteen. He is of brilliant intelligence and far beyond his years in his music appreciation. We listen to greats from all eras from Robert Johnson to Ella and Sathchmo to Louis Jordan to Ray to Vince Guarraldi to Duane Allman, but his very favorite is Robin Trower. This is likely because much of the music from the seventies like Hendrix , Pink Floyd etc.I won’t let him listen to because it is not kid friendly while Trower has none of the typical “sex, pot and microdot” leanings as much of his contemporaries’ music did.
When we saw him in Orlando my son and I stood next to the barricade in front of the stage ten feet from him and I reveled in watching my son’s face awestruck by what he saw. After the show we bought a poster and were privy to a signing which was my son’s dream. He got to talk to him, ask him questions and have his picture taken with Robin; a memory he will likely never forget. I NEVER got to do things like that when I was thirteen. The thing that struck me most about Robin was how down to Earth and gracious he was. I took my daughter and son ( 9 and 13 respectively) up to the signing and he was so kind to them and not dismissive as some would be. He was polite and signed my son’s “Bridge of Sighs” album cover all with more grace than I have ever seen any “star” exhibit. He is truly someone who understands his place in the business and in the world.
We all know Robin as the guitar virtuoso that he truly is but many of us overlook the real genius of his work which is song writing. His songs are so melodically pleasing yet so complexly simple. This mixed with his truly once in a life time technical gift makes it easy to overlook the power of the song itself which stands alone as a musical statement without having to draw from the trendy “sex drugs and rock ‘n roll” playbook that so many lesser (so called) artists resorted to in order to sell records. That is why I thanked him for all the years of writing songs that I can let my kids listen to. His response was “Well thank you for listening for all these years.” THAT is the attitude which marks him as a true great among musicians not to mention that he is an incredible guitarist. If He is not inducted into the Hall of Fame it would mean overlooking the qualities that differentiate a “star” from a “great” in music history.

Posted by Paul Mandeville on Monday, 02.21.11 @ 18:54pm

I have listened to Robin Trower for many, many years. Recently I saw him for the first time live in March 2011.

I have seen many other "aged" artists in recent years, and I have to say Robin outshined every one of them. He has not lost a note to age, and continues to innovate as can be heard on his newest album.

I personally think some of the acts that have been inducted in recent years, I would not even consider true rock-n-roll.

In closing if Robin is not inducted it will be a tragic loss to the "hall", and to all future attendees who have never experienced "Bridge Of Sighs". So all they will have is a " Little Bit Of Sympathy"!

Posted by FH on Wednesday, 03.23.11 @ 19:59pm

Robin Trower. The man the myth.
I believe he is better off not being in the R&R HOF. I know what this man has brought onto my life.
His accomplishments are all I need to know how great this man is to world of music. His influences on so many guitarists.
My introduction to James Dewar will never leave my mind. Only in my death.
His music is a HOF by it's own merits. The evolution of this mans' music speaks volumes.
All I know. Everytime I see Robin Trower live.
It's A Fine Day.

Posted by Richard Ledesma on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 22:41pm


Posted by replicac06108 on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 11:59am

"Robin Trower Live" is a great recording. The 3 man group has so much soul and feeling in the performance. Robin Trower can solo with any other guitarist out there .... Hendrix and Trower play very similarly, we will not see guitar playing like this again anytime soon, unfortunately. Thanks.

Posted by Paul on Sunday, 01.8.12 @ 11:28am

Im just so pissed that RT is not in the Hall... I just found this site and I am a bit drunk... but I have seen Robin more than 30 times over the decades starting at Long Beach Arena in about 1977. I will compose a more literate post and defense of his election to the Hall.... I mean come on, if they are considering the Beasty Boys... well, Need I say more...

Posted by AGR on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 23:17pm


Posted by Alycia Marshall on Thursday, 05.10.12 @ 22:12pm

There have been many performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame who cannot actually be called rock and roll acts, while many rock and roll acts that have left a big mark in the music world have not even been considered. Robin Trower is one of these.

Posted by Gil Ward on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 15:10pm

Ive seen RT over the years many times. The first time was back in 77 at Long Beach Arena. Last time was in Atlanta in 2009 at the Playhouse. No one has touched me like Robin. Well, except Hendrix. I recently called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to ask why The Beastie Boys were inducted but Trower was not. She gave me the directors voice mail. Before I got to that dead end, I asked her if she even knew who Trower was and of course she did not.

Any so called Hall of Fame who would induct the Beastie Boys but not Robin Trower is not even deserving of our respect. What this tells me is that society in general is screwed up. Marketing agents and producers are now seeking "talent" which is tuneable and has a glitzy and sexy look... in other words, screw the music. Just plug some pretty boy into an auto-tuner and market the hell out of him. Sad times that we live in. If Robin is not inducted, this organization loses all credibility (what little it had left that is)

Posted by TrowerPower2013 on Tuesday, 12.18.12 @ 21:36pm

Boy, you picked a bad band to pick on.

But first: "What this tells me is that society in general is screwed up"
if continued tolerance and harmony between people of different ethnicitys and sexualitys can only be gotten through autotune, I think i'll accept it.


Marketing Agents and Producsers" - the beastie Boys were a self made band who on almost all albums had an hand, or did all their production.

""talent" which is tunable and has a glitzy and sexy look"

the Beastie Boys were pretty damn talented at what they did. and just to appease your rockist ass, they even played their own instrument! btw, the Beastie Boys look wasn't "glitzy and sexy"

"plug some pretty boy into an auto tuner and market the hell out of him"

again, not what the Beastie Boys did.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 12.19.12 @ 11:32am

First off, Robin Trower solo over Beastie Boys? Delusional much? Trower will eventually and deservedly get in as a member of Procol Harum and that's it. You're lucky you only got a voice mail. A real person would have laughed their ass off at you. "Clueless rockist on line one."

Second, Beastie Boys as glitzy pretty boys? Do you even know who the Beastie Boys are?

Third, I love that the word "autotune" has become the shiny new toy of the "get off my lawn" rockist crowd, even in a case like this where it doesn't apply.

Robin Trower is a fine musician, who I do respect, but he did not have a HoF caliber solo career while the Beastie Boys are one of the most innovative, groundbreaking and broadly influential acts in RnR history.

In the future, if you want to make a case for someone, just make their case. Juxtaposing them against a previous inductee is a one way street to looking foolish.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 12.19.12 @ 18:42pm

Robin Trower, IMO, is one of a handful of truly phenomenal guitarists in rock and blues history. Not only a master of technical precision, RT is gifted w the innate ability to create beautiful, spine-tingling phrasing straight from his soul. This is a devastating combination, and really, pretty rare in the music industry. There have been many great technicians, and many soulful players, but few w a true combination of both. If you've ever seen SRV Live at the El Mocambo u know what I mean. The guitar transforms from an musical instrument to an extension of the player'a soul. It's as if music just manifests from the heavens thru these incredible players. If you've never seen RT perform live, do yourself a favor and check him out. He still tours regularly, and if not quite as energetic as he was in the 70s, he's certainly more polished and could still be considered to be in his prime. The fact that he wasn't inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame the year he became eligible, shows that it's simply a popularity contest and not an indication of artistic ability...

Posted by Philip Clift on Saturday, 08.23.14 @ 14:39pm

Been listening since '73, the man is a musical genius and one of the best guitarist of all time. Not sure how H O F missed the boat on his induction

Posted by Eddie Tucker on Sunday, 03.15.15 @ 17:26pm

"Screw the rock-n-roll hall of Shame, I mean fame!"

Posted by jeff brisson on Wednesday, 02.24.16 @ 21:29pm

Robin Trower deserves the rock HOF, but if you look at his career he has been slighted by the rock establishment on a regular basis. The slighting of Robin says more about the myopic prejudice of the rock establishment than about his talent. Shame on all. Robin is more than his famous early works, but is an ongoing sustained artist of unique genius. Whatever the reasons for his not being in the HOF his artistic ability isn't one of them.

Posted by Rob Schirmer on Saturday, 07.30.16 @ 17:56pm

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