The Blossoms

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Eligible since: 1997 (The 1998 Induction Ceremony)

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

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The Blossoms are one of those acts you've definitely heard on your favorite songs again and again, but you didn't know you were listening to the Blossoms.

For example, those vocals on Duane Eddy's hits? They were billed as "The Rebelettes", but they were the Blossoms.

What about "He's A Rebel", written by Gene Pitney and credited to the Crystals. Were you listening to the Crystals? No. The Crystals were out of town, Phil Spector wanted to record that song NOW, so he recorded the Blossoms and credited it to the Crystals. That wasn't the only time, either.

What about the Crystal's "Da Doo Ron Ron"? It was them that time, wasn't it? There's a lot of contention about that. The lead vocal was definitely La La Brooks, but there's one often repeated versions of the story that the background vocals were the Blossoms, and that the original recording had Darlene Love of the Blossoms as lead. Spector reportedly just swapped vocals. These incidents probably squirrels the Crystals' chances of induction, although their other hits were genuinely their hits and they are not responsible for the whims of Spector.

Neither are the Blossoms.

"Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans? That's Bobby Sheen backed by the Blossoms.

What about Darlene Love's own recordings? The other two Blossoms, Fanita James and Gloria Jones, were on those recordings, but Spector credited it to Love (and frankly, her lead vocals were great).

When Gloria Jones left and Jeanie King took her place, the Blossoms went on to be the backing vocals for anybody who appeared on the TV show Shindig, and did background vocals on recordings for Paul Anka, Jan & Dean, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Al Kooper, Bobby Darin and many, many others.

Frankly, I'd rather see the Blossoms inducted as a group rather than Darlene Love by herself, since they functioned as a group during their heyday. Short of that, I'd accept the "sideman" category expanded to include background vocalists (and women), and induct the Blossoms that way. If Darlene Love ever gets nominated again and inducted, that would be good, but when I see her name, it would bother me that Fanita James, Gloria Jones and Jeanie King would once again be denied their due. They should ALL be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Charles Crossley, Jr. on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 09:10am


The Crystals

Darlene Love
Barbara Alston
Dee Dee Kenniebrew
La la Brooks
Patricia Wright
Mary Thomas
Frances Collins
Merna Girard

The Blossoms

Darlene Love
Fanita James
Gloria Jones
Jean King
Nanette Williams
Annette Williams

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

Darlene Love
Fanita James
Gloria Jones
Bobby Sheen
Carolyn Willis

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 08:12am


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