Thelonious Monk

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1972 (The 1973 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


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Brilliant Corners (1957)
Monk's Dream (1962)
Straight No Chaser (1967)

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Will Thelonious Monk be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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I'd induct him as an early influence

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 14:53pm



1 comments so far (post your own) I'd induct him as an early influence


Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 14:53pm

A realjazz musician.. I just can'tthink of any rock music were I can hear the Monk influence ... He is much to good to be down graded to rock...
Thinking of great rock and rollers where is
Thurston Harris?

Posted by L-7 on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 16:21pm


A realjazz musician.. I just can'tthink of any rock music were I can hear the Monk influence ... He is much to good to be down graded to rock...
Thinking of great rock and rollers where is
Thurston Harris?

Posted by L-7 on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 16:21pm

"Downgraded to rock?" If you don't like rock & roll that's fine, it's a matter of personal taste, but you're definitely on the wrong website.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.20.10 @ 13:14pm


THE PULITZER

2010 Hank Williams
2008 Bob Dylan
2007 John Coltrane
2006 Thelonious Monk
1999 Duke Ellington
1998 George Gershwin
1982 Milton Babbitt
1976 Scott Joplin
1974 Roger Sessions

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.19.11 @ 04:18am


Monk himself would consider it a downgrade, just fyi.

I'm reading Robin D.G. Kelley's excellent bio about Monk right now, and he didn't think much of rock and roll. He didn't consider most of its players real musicians and claimed the music wouldn't last. He also didn't think the songs were about much. It goes without saying he never listened to much of it. He told one interviewer it gave his wife a stomach ache.

Music snobbery has always interested me, b/c an earlier generation of classical composers would have said nearly the same about jazz, and some rockers -- or more often rock music fans -- say the same about dance and hip-hop.

Anyway, to the topic at hand, Monk would be an ill fit for the hall of fame, b/c he neither influenced nor was influenced by the genre. His label, Columbia, during one particularly bad run, tried to inject some pop/rock/R&B material into one or two of his records but it didn't work out too well.

Monk was touring as one of the elder statesmen of "traditional" jazz as rock was taking hold. Ironic, considering his avant-garde roots.

Miles was more into the rock game.

Posted by mypitts2 on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 13:34pm


I've really come around to appreciate Thelonious Monk's music. Just listened to Brilliant Corners on the ride home from work just yesterday. I especially admire how he allowed each bandmate to shine on solos. Clark Terry, who just recently passed away, does a thrilling trumpet solo on Bemsha Swing.

Just to illustrate how ingenious of a musician Monk was, at the recording session for Brilliant Corners, he noticed a celeste sitting off to the side. Never one to waste an opportunity to improvise, Monk decided to include the celeste on Pannonica (named for jazz patron Pannonica de Koenigswarter). He actually played both the piano and celeste simultaneously, with one hand on each instrument. Now that's a musician!

So glad I reevaluated him. Although I enjoy my share of rock 'n roll, I've become far more interested in jazz the last couple years. It's pretty much tied with blues and pre-1990s R&B/soul/funk/disco for my favorite genre.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 03.10.15 @ 12:10pm


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