Eligible since: 1975 (The 1976 Induction Ceremony)
Nominated in: 1997
Previously Considered? No what's this?
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Billy Ward and his Dominoes were one of the top vocal groups of early rhythm and blues. Already nominated (as the Dominoes) once to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they deserve to be inducted just on the strength of the rowdy, timeless, countlessly remade hit "Sixty Minute Man". Go check it out if you haven't heard it yet. Even if you don't like the style, the lyrics would put a smile on any rock fans face. You'd be surprised this ribald song was allowed on ANY radio station back in 1951, let alone BOTH pop (#17 hit) and R&B (#1, of course). But it doesn't stop there.
55 years after "Sixty Minute Man" first hit the airwaves, we are far, far removed from that time and period. I can't emphasize enough the impact this group had on the rhythm and blues scene. However, Jay Marion's thoroughly researched Doo Wop Nation e-zine (http://home.earthlink.net/~jaymar41/dominoes.html) vividly explains all this in his webpages dedicated to the Dominoes. In the paragraphs below, Marion captures the sensation the Dominoes became after the release of "Sixty Minute Man".
What about Robbie Robinson????
Posted by MARSHA K ROSS on Friday, 04.9.10 @ 23:57pm
Umm this site has them listed as not being previously considered, even though they were nominated? Just thought Id throw that out there for FRL
Posted by Jim on Saturday, 11.6.10 @ 17:10pm
Imho there are already enough Dominoes-like groups in the Hall.
Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 10:01am
They took their lead from the Dominoes. That's why the Dominoes deserve induction.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 13:03pm
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 12.4.11 @ 05:19am
Posted by FRL on Sunday, 09.9.12 @ 11:37am
Was Billy Ward ever a member of the Dominoes, or just Billy Ward and the Dominoes? Why were they only nominated as the Dominoes to begin with?
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 08:43am
Billy Ward was the group's founder. He was a classically trained vocal instructor who chose from among his students to form a group. His intent was to sing "good" music but was told by Ralph Bass of King/Federal Records to do rock 'n' roll. He wrote the songs, played piano and was able to sing various parts with them if need be, but was more of their drill instructor than anything else, which is what eventually caused Clyde McPhatter to leave. Following Clyde's departure and the arrival of Jackie Wilson their name was changed from the Dominoes to Billy Ward & The Dominoes and they began moving in the musical direction that Ward wanted all along - the pop style, eventually hitting with St. Therese Of The Roses, Stardust and Deep Purple. But it's their early rock stuff that they're most deserving for obviously and should be nominated and inducted as the Dominoes for that reason, but it really makes little difference as long as they get in.
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 13:03pm
Roy, stop copying other people's writings without giving them proper attribution. If you keep doing it, EVERY comment you make will be deleted.
Posted by FRL on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 13:48pm
Yes, please turn Roy off. 99% of what he posts is conjecture, nonsensical or copied from other (dubious) sources. It is really agitating.
Posted by Paul on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 14:01pm
Thanks Roy for the Info..
Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 15:21pm
The DOMINOES and BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES were one and the same group. Just like THE MIRACLES and SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES or PATTI LaBELLE & THE BLUEBELLES and LaBELLE. Same group, same members.
Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.14.13 @ 18:28pm
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