The Clovers

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1975 (The 1976 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2021 (ranked #10 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .

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Love Potion No. 9 (1959)

The Clovers @ Wikipedia

The Clovers Videos

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


7 comments so far (post your own)

Possibly the biggest oversight by the Hall thus far. I'm just a casual Clovers fan, but I would argue that they are just to historically important to the early development of the music to have been left out this long.

Posted by Jeff W. on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 00:25am

I'd agree with that comment about the Clovers. Love Potion No. 9 and Love, Love, Love are both semi-seminal 50's R&B songs, and they gave us a lot more besides those two.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:29pm

Do the people that induct these artist know anything about Rock and Roll. The Clovers had their music covered by countless American singers and later by the British singers. This was one of the most influential groups in Rock and Roll history.
Love potion #9 a huge hit and later covered by the searchers.
Little Mama, Down in the alley, Fool, Fool, Fool, Devil or Angel,
Every early Rock and roll artist listened to their music and many covered their music too.

Posted by David Petrelle on Monday, 05.25.09 @ 06:52am

FYI, the Clovers were having R&B hits as far back as '52... so first year eligibility should be 1977 (1978 ceremony)

Honestly, this is a group I'd see as an EI, if we take '55 as THE benchmark year, or even '54. They had a lot of great songs in their first couple years, that I could see possibly giving them the nod as Early Influences.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 23:36pm

Sonny Til and The Orioles are in. It only makes sense that one of Atlantic's important vocal goups The Clovers should be in too.
Even Buddy Holly did a version of their Ting A Ling.

Posted by Anthony on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 23:18pm

Good call Mat This band should be mentioned

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.25.10 @ 06:53am


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 @ 05:18am

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