The Impressions

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1991

Inducted by: Tracy Chapman

Nominated in: 1989   1990   1991

First Eligible: 1989 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Arthur "Pops" Brooks Sr., Richard A. Brooks, Jerry Butler, Fred Cash, Sam Gooden and Curtis Mayfield

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1995 (ranked #259) .

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It's All Right (1963)
People Get Ready (1965)

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Okay. So all 6 original members of The IMPRESSIONS got inducted....including JERRY BUTLER and The BROOKS BROTHERS (Arthur & Richard)...even though they weren't with the group very long. So, why didn't BILL ISLES get inducted with The O'Jays, and ALONZO TUCKER with THE MIDNIGHTERS ? They were both original members . And how about SYLVESTER KEEL, NASH KNOX, and NAFLOYD SCOTT of THE FAMOUS FLAMES ? They were all ORIGINAL MEMBERS TOO.

Who makes these bonehead decisions, anyway ?

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 05.8.12 @ 23:24pm

Typo. Sorry. I meant SYLVESTER KEELS.

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 05.8.12 @ 23:26pm

I was looking at THE IMPRESSIONS' page on FRL, and it only lists one "essential" song, "PEOPLE GET READY" . From a group with 50 chart hits and a RRHOF Induction, that's a little sparse. May I make some suggestions ?

1) "GYPSY WOMAN" A Top 20 smash hit for the group- the song that brought the group back to the top after JERRY BUTLER'S star departure- Numerous cover versions, by Brian Hyland and others.

2) "KEEP ON PUSHING" - A Top 10 Pop SMASH!! One of the main anthems of the Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties.

3) FOR YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE- The groups' first million-seller, featuring Jerry Butler on lead. An R&B and Doo-Wop Classic that is # 327 on Rolling Stones' list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Numerous cover versions

CHOICE OF COLORS- A Top Pop and R&B Hit , one of the most thought-provoking songs of the Sixties- The song that almost got them banned from The Joey Bishop Show in 1969...until Joey himself intervened to keep them on. A positive message of hope that really made people think about how they view the subject of Race in America.

"WE'RE A WINNER" Easily one of the most important songs of The Sixties..

We're a Winner", included on a 1968 Impressions LP of the same name,a LANDMARK HIT SINGLE that became a virtual anthem for the Civil Rights Movement, and its success resulted not only in similar follow-ups from the Impressions (among them "Choice of Colors" and "This is My Country"), but also marked the beginning of a trend towards increasing social consciousness in soul music. During and after "We're a Winner's" chart run in 1968, several other acts, including James Brown ("Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud") and Sly & the Family Stone ("Everyday People") were releasing successful hits which directly addressed racial issues and black pride.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 01:54am

JERRY BUTLER, The "Iceman", deserves individual recognition and induction into the Rock Hall. I know that he is already inducted with The Impressions, but his career goes far beyond The Impressions . Singer, songwriter, host of all of the famed PBS oldies specials,20 plus years as a Commissioner of Cook County , Illinois, and several years as Chairman of The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, fighting for the rights and royalties of numerous artists and musicians who were cheated by the record companies...not to mention a long, definitive solo career, with numerous Pop & R&B chart hits AFTER he left The Impressions, such as MOON RIVER, ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE, NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP, HEY,MR. DREAM MERCHANT, NEED TO BELONG, I STAND ACCUSED,WHAT'S THE USE OF BREAKING UP,MOODY WOMAN, HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART (He Don't Love You Like I Love You) and numerous other hits...yes, JERRY BUTLER deserves to be a DOUBLE INDUCTEE !!!!

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 07.15.12 @ 09:39am

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