Eligible since: 1983 (The 1984 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? No what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2032.
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Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 09.16.07 @ 09:00am
Really? As influential as the man is, he's not in? Methinks a bit too much Ameri-centrism in the hall's choices.
Posted by Joshua on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 20:38pm
Uh...WHO??? (hows that for "Americentrism"?)
Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 20:40pm
I'm familiar with Jacques Brel (kind of a male version of Edith Piaf), but not this guy. I guess his stuff has been translated to English (particularly by Petula Clark), but there really wasn't much emphasis as to who originally wrote it...
Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 20:55pm
No I don't think so. I don't know of any direct influence/contribution to Rock & Roll or any perpetuation of Rock & Roll. Also, keep in mind that his career kicked off after Rock & Roll really kicked off so you can't induct him as an Early Influence but in the main performers category. I think he had some work in the 1970's that could be argued as bordering on pop and rock but most of his early stuff was pure jazz. I'm open to reconsidering him if someone convinces me though.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 01:45am
Turns out wikipedia lists his 1971 album Histoire de Melody Nelson as "French pop," "French rock" and "protopunk." I haven't listened to this work myself so I can't comment, though if wikipedia's word is to be believed, Beck cites the album as an influence among some others so maybe there's a case for Gainsbourg after all. Keep in mind though, that he's been eligible since the very first induction ceremony and he's never been previously considered so I wouldn't hold my breathe.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 01:50am
Too French to be inducted. The Hall doesn't care for foreigners.
Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 09:48am
He totally deserves it. He did songs in rock'n'roll, reggae, funk, rock prog, psychedelic pop, etc.
Posted by Florian on Friday, 11.8.13 @ 10:35am
Totally agreed, Florian. Gainsbourg was a major international star who still has a large reach of influence. Unfortunately, the NomCom doesn't know that mainland Europe exists.
Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 11.8.13 @ 16:47pm
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