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They are from Chicago. If other Chicago acts can get in (Buddy Guy, Dells, etc) let these dudes in.
Posted by Bubba on Tuesday, 11.6.07 @ 10:11am
I didn't know that place of origin was an induction criteria.
Posted by denyo on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 21:56pm
Another soul group I'd love to see make it. Another soul group that probably has no chance of ever making it though. We'll see who they turn to for soul acts next with Womack in.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 03:25am
In the wake of Teddy Pendergrass' recent passing almost no one noticed that we also just lost one of the original Chi-Lites, Robert "Squirrel" Lester , who just died on January 22, 2010, at the age of 67. His death leaves group leader / founder Marshall Thompson the only remaining original Chi-Lite still alive, as original group lead singer Eugene Record and original bass singer Credael "Red" Jones have already passed on. Condolences to Marshall, the Lester Family, and Chi-Lites fans everywhere.
Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 01.30.10 @ 21:13pm
It is amazing that a group who has been entertaining for over 50 years has not been inducted; making hit after hit after hit. I pray that the Chi-Lites will get its due recognition in my lifetime. We need more music such as theirs.
Posted by Daisy on Sunday, 02.21.10 @ 17:39pm
It's not just The Chi-Lites that have been ignored by the "Great Hall" . In fact THE ENTIRE GENRE OF LATE '60'S , EARLY 70'S R&B and SOUL has been completely ignored. The RRHOF just COMPLETELY BYPASSED IT and went straight to 80's Rockers and Rappers.
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 11:53am
These are the artists who came of age during the era of SOUL TRAIN back in the 1970's and the first generation of artists who received mass national exposure as a result of that television classic. In fact , Soul Train's creator and host , DON CORNELIUS, hasn't been inducted either. More than any person,with the exception of perhaps Berry Gordy, Don Cornelius was responsible for bringing Black Music , and the artists who made it, into the mainstream, and into the homes of people all across America and all around the world. Until Don C., There was an entire generation of artists who weren't seen on television, until he opened the doors to mass exposure for them. He brought Soul & R&B Music into the mainstream as never before...and into the homes of people where it had never been seen before. SOUL TRAIN was and is a PHENOMENON...and is still seen on television sets all over the world even today. Don Cornelius , and the artists of the SOUL TRAIN generation, should not be forgotten. They should be inducted into the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME.
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 12:10pm
It's not just The Chi-Lites that have been ignored by the "Great Hall" ~Bill G.
Posted by telarock on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 12:35pm
Oh, I also think The Spinners will make it. They were nominated last year I believe. BTW: some time ago I put up a Youtube video of "Spaceballs" the title track they did for a Mel Brooks movie ... its pretty funny.
Posted by telarock on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 12:46pm
These people deserve to be inducted...and should have been before any 80's artists were.
Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 14:10pm
Well, GFW, you have already demonstrated on this site that you are not a fan of R&B/Black Music, so I would expect that kind of comment from you. And that's OK, because everyone is not going to be a fan of every kind of music. But that doesn't mean the artists I mentioned aren't deserving. It just means that you don't like them. You said the same thing about The Miracles and The Famous Flames ...but they were inducted because they were deserving .There are many neglected artists that deserve to be in...in Rock as well as R&B.
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:16pm
"Well, GFW, you have already demonstrated on this site that you are not a fan of R&B/Black Music"
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:29pm
If Pop music penetration was the only deciding factor for induction, then The Dells, Lloyd Price, Bobby Bland, Bobby Womack,The Midnighters, and several others wouldn't have ever gotten in. But they got in because they were deserving. And again, Pop Chart success is not and should not be the be all and end all in determining induction . The Chi-Lites , as an example , had 23 Chart Hits on the Billboard Hot 100. That is nothing to take lightly. There are many Inductees that haven't done as well. On the R&B Chart, they did even better, with no less that 41 Billboard R&B chart hits...including no less than 12 R&B Top 10's and 2 # 1's . I think that those numbers are pretty impressive...and the group's lead singer, Eugene Record , wrote almost all of them. So yes, I think that The Chi-Lites deserve to be in.
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:35pm
....in that case, GFW, I stand corrected .
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:36pm
That said, GFW, tell me which ones don't you think should be in.
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:39pm
I know this was not directed at me, but Don Cornelius SHOULD be IN already!!
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:53pm
I totally agree, Tahvo.
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 15:59pm
Don Cornelius should definitely be in, Soul Train was from what I understand THE definitive show for black pop music for decades.
Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 16:18pm
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