The Ravens

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1972 (The 1973 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2012 (ranked #22 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

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


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The Ravens

The true father of the modern black vocal group has been ignored for two decades of voting while the Ink Spots, a fine group but one that were well before the Ravens (and therefore well before rock 'n' roll) as well as being much farther removed stylistically from rock's origins, were inducted instead. The Ravens two lead singer format, featuring high tenor Maithe Marshall and legendary bass Jimmy Ricks, was extremely innovative and influential while their songs paved the way for the vocal group explosion of the 50's. Even their name instigated a huge onslaught of "bird groups" in rock's first decade and their unique adaptation of standards set that as a precedent in vocal harmony outfits as well. Criminal that they haven't gotten in yet as one of the true early influences.

Qualifications: 10 - THE IMMORTALS

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 11:45am

A wonderful talented group of musicians and singers

Posted by L-7 on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 11:54am

I agree with the previous post. It is surprising that the Ravens have not received their share of immortal fame as they are considered one of the pioneers of the genres of black vocal harmony and doo wop.

Posted by David S. on Friday, 12.31.10 @ 12:19pm


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 @ 05:13am

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