The Grass Roots

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)

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Will The Grass Roots be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Isn't Creed from the Office famous for being in this band during the 60s.

Posted by Seth on Saturday, 09.8.07 @ 22:52pm


The Grass Roots were a great band who had a lot of singles

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 16:43pm


What? The Grass Roots aren't in? The Grass Roots need to be inducted

Posted by Gustav on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:39pm


There are alot of Grass Roots fans,including myself, who would like to see Rob Grill and The Grass Roots be inducted in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. I would like to see this happen sooner rather than later.

Posted by SUSAN SWEENEY on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 13:00pm


The Grass Roots should have been in the Hall of
Fame YEARS ago! They are superb.
Love ya, guys!

Posted by Roz Mitofsky on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 14:31pm


ROD GRILL and the GRASS ROOTS have be performing for OVER 40 years!!!! What's the hold up? They are GREAT and have more than proved themselves. They are still on the radio...have a great fan base... performe awsome concerts all over the USA...and everyone who knows them LOVES them. Come on induct them into THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME!!!! Love you all.

Posted by Sandy on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 15:40pm


Anyone familiar with The Grass Roots knows that they are deserving of such an honor. I say, "Do it!"

Posted by Phyllis on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 18:35pm


familiar with The Grass Roots knows that they are deserving of such an honor. I say, "Do it!"

Posted by Phyllis on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 18:35pm


YES!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 02:16am


Agreed. Let's put them in.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 02:26am


Having seen the Grass Roots live in their hey day, I have to admit that I am partial towards them. But I do not see a case for their induction. We just can't put every band that made us smile into the Hall. There are blantant snubs which the Hall must address before it even gets around to the 2nd and 3rd tier bands.

Alice Cooper Band, Deep Purple. The Stooges, NY Dolls, Joy Division, The Runaways, King Crimson, ELP, Genesis, Motorhead and Cheap Trick all come to mind. And there are quite a few I did not mention that would all need to get in before Rare Earth.

Again, respect to R.E., I love their music and if it wasn't for them, the $8.50 I spent to go see Sly and the F.S. way back when would have been a total waste. Rare Earth saved that night.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 05:20am


I see both sides to this argument. If other 60s pop oldies radio staples like The Mamas and The Papas and The Lovin Spoonful have been bestowed the honor of admission into this grand Hall Of Fame (Shame?) then why can't this honor also be given to other groups from this same era whose songs have stood the test of time and still can be heard on 60s oldies radio-like The Grass Roots, The Association, and The Turtles?

I also understand that if the true criteria of admission must include considerable innovation/influence, then groups like The Grass Roots, The Lovin Spoonful, and The Mamas And The Papas should NOT be admitted.

But since The Mamas And the Papas and The Lovin Spoonful ARE already admitted, can you blame fans of The Grass Roots and other similar bands for feeling snubbed if their bands aren't inducted?

This highlights the central shortcoming of this type of ultimately subjective Hall Of Fame organization. When 1 band is admitted and another band of similar pedigree is excluded, it makes the organization look like a bunch of 16 year olds in a high school cafeteria who don't want to associate with the kids at the next table because they don't think they're cool enough.

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 11:10am


I am not sure that I would put the G.R, in the same category as The Lovin Spoonful. L.S. was at least a full year before the G.R. IMO, The L.S. were the beginning of good-time party RnR. They were one of the few American Pop bands that actually played every instrument on their recordings at that time.

I think the Mama's and Papa's are in more for their influence in vocal harmonizing and the extraordinary singing talents of Mama Cass and Denny. And John Philips songs are a bit more memorable. He wrote some industry standards.

I just think both these bands are one notch ahead of the Grass Rooots. Still, no one can deny the Grass Roots and the wonderful music they recorded.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 12:34pm


Hey Dameon I am kinda confused, first you star talking about the Grass Roots then in the same post you mention Rare Earth.

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 15:23pm


You are correct Brian - I was in the middle of something and seemed to have had a senior moment - sorry! Maybe it was a 70's flashback.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 19:15pm


Lets get these boys inducted. They're great and they deserve it. I've listened to them for 40 years.

Posted by Karen on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 20:33pm


Lets get these boys inducted. They're great and they deserve it. I've listened to them for 40 years.

Posted by Karen on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 20:33pm

I agree From Grill ,Sloan , Barri,Deane,Entner Kailing, Provisor, Knighton, Larson and even Joe POLLARD the Father of the electric drums {SYNDRUMS} that revolutionized music..Was in the Band
Why NOT..?? YES!!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 20:47pm


It's past time for the Grass Roots to be in and yes, Creed from the Office was in the group in the sixties

Posted by Debbie on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 15:27pm


Again YES

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 21:47pm


This discussion's encouraged me to go back and listen to my Grass Roots CDs. Some really great, fantastic songs they had. Some personal favorites of mine:

Where Were You When I Needed You
Baby Hold On
The River Is Wide
I Can Turn Off The Rain
Walking Through The Country
Bella Linda
Sooner Or Later
Two Divided By Love
Only When You're Lonely
Temptation Eyes
Heaven Knows

And I do love Midnight Confessions, Let's Live For Today and I'd Wait A Million Years too, but those get played so much more than the others. The above songs are lesser known, but oh so good.

Maybe they'll never make it. I hope they do, though. A lot of great songs to show why they belong.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.7.09 @ 00:24am


I am 51yrs.old and Ive been listening to music since I was 8 yrs. old 1965. I saw THE GRASS ROOTS at a fair & regatta in 2005 with Rob Grill the original lead vocalist and they were great. I think they deserve to be in THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME along with some other old bands like KISS,THE DOOBIE BROTHERS,THE GUESS WHO,CHICAGO, just to name a few.There are bands that I think that do not belong. I think its a shame that these groups dont get elected while they are still living to be able to enjoy the moment and to have their DAY IN THE SUN. PLEASE LETS GET THESE PEOPLE WHERE THEY RIGHTFULLY BELONG, THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. THANK YOU

Posted by RUSTY ELLIOTT on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 10:57am


PLEASE LETS GET THESE PEOPLE WHERE THEY RIGHTFULLY BELONG, THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. THANK YOU

Posted by RUSTY ELLIOTT on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 10:57am


Yes to the GRASS ROOTS.. If not for them would RAP or Disco have ever been..?

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 11:09am


I HAVE ALREADY POSTED A COMMENT ABOUT THE GRASS ROOTS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO MAKE A CASE FOR THESE GROUPS FOR THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME ,GRAND FUNK RAILROAD,DEEP PURPLE,YES,MOODY BLUES,AND JETHRO TULL.HOPEFULLY THESE GROUPS WILL GET INDUCTED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

Posted by RUSTY ELLIOTT on Friday, 03.20.09 @ 13:30pm


How are you. Deeds, not words shall speak me.
I am from Algeria and , too, and now am writing in English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "In these sectors, the incident of theme bills was regardless considerably slower."

Best regards :), Eden.

Posted by Eden on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 04:38am


I have seen the GRASSROOTS in concert several times. They have always been fantastic. Rob Grill gives a wonderful performance, and he always seems to have a good time. The Grassroots should be honored for their contributions to music. I will always be a fan.

Posted by marilyn on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 23:43pm


Marilyn

I agree should of been in years ago..

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 23:55pm


The Grass Roots made awesome music..this coming from a second generation fan born in 1967. They should definitley be ib the RNR Hall of Fame..they can induct ABBA,but not The Grass Roots??? Come on people!!!

Posted by Kathy B on Friday, 04.16.10 @ 20:35pm


Really, really like this group but it's going to be a tough sell with all the similar groups from the same era that had a good number of great hits but are unfortunately lacking in any noteworthy I&I. I could see Little Steven making a case for them though

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 07.4.10 @ 05:37am


I was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week and was surprised The Grass Roots are not members. If you look at this link - they set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 weeks -- THAT'S ALMOST 6 YEARS STRAIGHT!

They are my favourite 60's group and their music always takes me back. I love all those boy groups from the 60's; Tommy James, Gary Pucket, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Gerry and the Pacemakers - to name a few . . . . but the Grass Roots are my all time favs!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grass_Roots

Posted by Carol McKenzie on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:10pm


Carol McKenzie
I agree They had hit after hit... They had some of the best players and writers in Town ..Heck The father of the synthesized drums {Syndrums }was invented by one of their main studio drummer Joe Pollard ..Heck where would we be with out electric drums into days musical world...? He is as heavy as it gets..
They had more talent on one hit than ants on a ant hill !They rock!!!

Posted by mrxyzomg on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:17pm


Being "Carol McKenzie's favorite" isn't exactly a reason to be inducted...outside of "Let's Live For Today" they really didn't do all that much...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:20pm


Here's the differwence between you and I...Dick Dale isn't necessarily one of my favorite players but I've always thought his playing was unique. I learned to play "Wipe Out" in about 10 minutes...when I was 12 years old. A pentatonic scale with some blue notes...boring!!! On to the next artist...

You, on the other hand, think the sun rises and sets on the Surfaris, and think "Wipe Out" was the template for all things to come. Fortunately, it wasn't...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:30pm


First reverb in rock...see: Scotty Moore.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:33pm


Being "Carol McKenzie's favorite" isn't exactly a reason to be inducted...outside of "Let's Live For Today" they really didn't do all that much...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:20pm


Other than hit after hit.... . Not much ...LOL
I mean what did the Hollies ,Kinks,DC5,Van Halen, O'Jays ,Bob Segar, Jackson Brown etc etc..do..? Lots of HIT thats a what!!!!

Posted by mrxyzomg on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:36pm


Reverb Crash.. "Scatter Shields" turn the rock world upside do at the time .It was LIKE WOW..!! not reverb rock ...

Posted by mrxyzomg on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:38pm


Gee...they had 3 top 10 hits (none that were number one) and a bunch of mediocre appearances on the charts (the kind you like)...not exactly "hit after hit..."

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:42pm


Here's the differwence between you and I...Dick Dale isn't necessarily one of my favorite players but I've always thought his playing was unique. I learned to play "Wipe Out" in about 10 minutes...when I was 12 years old. A pentatonic scale with some blue notes...boring!!! On to the next artist...

You, on the other hand, think the sun rises and sets on the Surfaris, and think "Wipe Out" was the template for all things to come. Fortunately, it wasn't...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:30pm

#1 your on the wrong artist page
# 2 if you had know what it was and the other things they did.,.. You may of ended up playing Like Van Halen,Who etc I know they dug it.. They told me so... ...There member went on to other great bands or were in other great bands I wonder why... LOL
Most of the world dug it also {Record Sales} maybe you missed something..
ALL YOU NEED IS EARS

Posted by mrxyzomg on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:44pm


I counted 20 top 100 hits That lots of hits more than Dick Dale LOL

Posted by mrxyzomg on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:49pm


Yup, mediocre 60's band that's only relevant today because of Creed Bratton's role on the Office, which is itself inferior to its UK predecessor.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 16:40pm


21 Hot 100 hits actually. I wouldn't mind seeing the Grass Roots get in, actually, and they'd stand a decent chance if just making solid rock 'n' roll music over a relatively steady period of time was of any significance.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 17:04pm


I counted 20 top 100 hits That lots of hits more than Dick Dale LOL

Posted by mrxyzomg on Monday, 07.5.10 @ 14:49pm

Do you really feel the need to slam an artist to bolster another? Do you think Kraftwerk shouldn't be in just because they were never commercially successful? Do you think Barbra Streisand should be inducted simply because she sold 140 million albums worldwide? Like Gitarzan said, slamming one artist to bolster another is "LOW RENT" doesn't matter who you're bolstering

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 07.6.10 @ 02:55am


RIP Rob Grill

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 07.11.11 @ 23:12pm


I counted 7 top 40 songs reminiscing today. These guys were at the top for a few years in the 60's and 70's. Deserving into the Hall of Fame like Tommy James & The Shondells should be.

Posted by ffox on Wednesday, 12.14.11 @ 19:11pm


RIP Brian Naughton

Posted by greengrass on Sunday, 05.13.12 @ 14:20pm


wow. Rip Brian Noughton seems sad to see these rockers
movin on !

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 05.13.12 @ 17:27pm


Would be nice to seem them IN

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 04:33am


I definitely think this group deserves to be in the R&RHOF. Sadly, Rob Grill and Brian Noughton are gone before it may even happen. And even more sad is that some of these groups from the 50s, 60s, etc may not live to see their own induction. Wish there was a way of preventing this, but as I always say, 'Better late than never...'.

And if I'm not mistaken, didn't the Grass Roots set a concert attendance record in the early 1980s, that actually made the Guinness book?

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 04.16.13 @ 21:00pm


the grass roots have belonged in for years. the group remains my favorite all time group. when i met my wife pam in harrodsburg, we went waling through the country, as i used melody for you. we share in the lovin things. i located the song glory bound in cincy near eastgate mall in 2001. the stations kept the song away from me when i was a senior at scott county high when my high school girlfriend sandy needed the record.my high school band director john surgenor, a great instructor,turned music over to me when the record needed playing. great band the grass roots, belong in the rock hall.

Posted by john jarvis on Tuesday, 05.27.14 @ 16:21pm


Long Long Overdue. Should have happended way before Rob Grill passed away. How does Weird Al get in and some many other deserving musicians do not. What's up with that????

Posted by susanne on Tuesday, 06.23.15 @ 01:41am


Long Long Overdue. Should have happended way before Rob Grill passed away. How does Weird Al get in and some many other deserving musicians do not. What's up with that????

Posted by susanne on Tuesday, 06.23.15 @ 01:41am


Weird Al is not in the Hall, susanne.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 06.23.15 @ 20:20pm


Some of the best line up of players and writers in the day... Lots of hits...fans all over the world loved them.. Musicians learned from them and tried and reach their level of musical achievement... Another mystery why they are in. ?

Posted by Calkid on Sunday, 09.6.15 @ 23:15pm


Come on now really!
Live for today
Midnight Confessionso
Temptations Eyes
These are all classic and deserving of Hall of Fame recognition.
Gtassel Roots and Stepping wolf should be inducted.

Posted by Bekywreky on Sunday, 02.7.16 @ 01:08am


Bekywreky I agree Grass Roots is a must

Posted by Happy on Monday, 02.8.16 @ 03:00am


The Grass Roots aren't in?

They were a highly successful rock group that consistently produced quality music in their heyday (1966-75). They were consistently in the top end of popular music in the turbulent rock music scene. Radio play was a big factor in their history. It was not easily tracked to properly reflect on the charts, in those years. They managed to be one of the top picks of disc jockeys and enjoyed frequent requests from listeners.

From 1967 to 1972, The Grass Roots set a record for being on the Billboard charts 307 straight weeks. They are one of only nine bands that have charted twenty nine or more Top 100 Billboard singles. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide.

They hold the all time attendance record for a one act, the US concert of 600,000 people on July 4th, 1982 in Washington, DC. They have appeared on over 50 national television shows. Many of their hits are still seeing heavy rotation on oldies stations to this day. They achieved one platinum album, two gold albums, thirteen gold singles and charted singles a total of twenty nine times.

R.I.P Rob Grill

Posted by Breed Cratton on Sunday, 01.22.17 @ 18:08pm


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