Roy Brown

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1972 (The 1973 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2009 (ranked #16 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

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Rockin' At Midnight (1947)

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


7 comments so far (post your own)

I liked him Kinda a johnny Otis only his own thing!!!RIP Mr Brown

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 21:22pm


Roy Brown

The father of the modern day solo artist in many ways and a crucial influence on New Orleans rock, not to mention revered by artists from Elvis Presley to James Brown. The writer of "Good Rockin' Tonight", which many call the first rock song, and possessor of two #1 R&B Hits, plus one of rock's first classic sides in "Rockin' At Midnight". Brown should've been in by year two at the latest, yet here it is more than 20 years later and he's still on the outside looking in. If a voter can't identify at least three of Roy Brown's songs they're not qualified to even discuss rock 'n' roll history credibly, let alone vote on its greatest artists.

Qualifications: 10 - The Immortals

Posted by Roy on Friday, 12.25.09 @ 09:18am

Not important enough in my humble opinion.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 11:19am

Not important enough in my humble opinion.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 11:19am

I disagree. If Wynonie Harris, Elvis, Ricky Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis cover your work and if B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Jackie Wilson and Little Richard are all influenced by you, I'd say you are pretty important.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 12:21pm


It's fckng hopeless with voters like this.

I've been emailing back and forth with Terry Stewart, the CEO of the hall of fame. He buys records from me. He says that the commitee to assess the older artists nominate Roy Brown and Wynonie Harris every year, but they never get put on the ballot by the main nominating committee. He is personally pushing every year for the Mills Brothers and Ravens as early infleunces, but that's going nowhere either. Then there's the Clovers and the Dominoes who are still waiting.

Then there's sht like the whole Dave Clark 5 fiasco a few years ago, and stories of doo wop groups being voted in, but not getting inducted because they want a more modern act that will draw some people to the dinner instead.

The biggest problem with things is that there is no transparency. They don't tell the public who is on these nominating commitees, and they don't tell the public how many votes each nominee got, or anything like that.

The whole thing has just become one big farce.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 12.4.11 @ 05:14am

More from Bruce

They get recommended for nomination by a special commitee every year. The commitee is supposed to evaluate old time artists who may have been overlooked, 50s and earlier artists. But every year the main nominating committee refuses to do anything with Wynonie and Roy. The way Terry Stewart was talking they have no chance of getting in under the current system.

Part of the problem is that unlike Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson, Wynonie and Roy were not big influences on any white guitar rock and rollers of the 60s. Their influences was directly to other black artists, like Jackie Wilson, who sings very similarly to Roy Brown, and James Brown, who recorded a couple Wynonie songs. Both were also influences on Elvis, but because none of their precious Eric Claptons or Keith Richards ever mentions Roy or Wynonie, these hippie schmucks who run the HOF are not really aware of their influence.

These 60s British guys were mainly guitar players, so they were not very influenced by 1940s R&B stars who were just frontmen. Elvis of course was influenced by those guys, but since their influence did not extend to 60s white rockers, it is discounted by these schmucks.

From "Fever," Susan Whitall's recently-published biography of Little Willie John.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.5.11 @ 13:21pm

Bruce's comments from Digital Dream Door ring true. I'd like to see him contribute his thoughts here sometime.

Anyhoo, you can put Roy Brown down as a significant Early Influence. The RRHOF has shown some love for jump blues, but Brown and Wynonie Harris (another highly qualified Early Influence) are two glaring omissions. Tahvo outlined the reasons why Brown deserves to go in the hall, so I won't reiterate his comments.

As a jump blues fan, it's gratifying to see T Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, and Big Joe Turner in the Hall, but there's still room for a few more representatives.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 09.17.12 @ 17:29pm

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