Eligible since: 1986 (The 1987 Induction Ceremony)
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Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2011 (ranked #6 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .
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If Cash is in, why not Willie?
Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 03.6.07 @ 19:02pm
It would be worth nominating him just for the induction ceremony! (Can you imagine what will be in the *ahem* air?)
Posted by Joe on Friday, 05.4.07 @ 16:27pm
There aren't many country artists that deserve consideration, but Willie is one of them. He is a unique figure in music, with his distinctive voice and guitar picking style. Plus he wrote "Crazy" for Patsy Cline. Just seems like an all-around cool dude (unless you work for the IRS or DEA).
Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 11:53am
Here's an article that says Willie Nelson made the semi-final list for the Hall back in 2000.
Posted by Chuck on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 12:37pm
Along with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson is the top country musician of all time. And if Hank and Johnny are already in the Hall, Willie should definitely go in as well. He is had an impressive catalogue of hits that no country artist (with the exception of Johnny Cash) and perhaps hardly any other artist in any genre has had (The Beatles and The Rolling Stones aside):
Posted by Every1 on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 18:38pm
I love Willie but he is not Rock..
Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 10:54am
mrxyz...Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are in so why not Willie?
Posted by Mr. Octagon on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 21:06pm
Mr. Octagon...Both Hank And Johnny have had their songs covered by rock artists...to my knowledge Willie hasn't (correct me if I'm wrong). Add to the fact that some of Johnny's original stuff could've been termed "rockabilly". Willie's about as country as you can get. He was/is a maverick, but to my notion strictly within the realm of country.
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 18:09pm
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 21:23pm
OK first of all this is the ROCK & ROLL Hall of Fame. Not the ROCK Hall of Fame but ROCK & ROLL. Willie Nelson isn't rock and roll, but neither are The Beatles or The Rolling Stones so there. If the hall was only for ROCK & ROLL then Chuck Berry would have been the last person inducted.
Posted by Dere Ya Go on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:30pm
What on earth are you talking about??? Rock...short for Rock & Roll...case closed!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:38pm
Gitarzan, åre you saying that Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, etc (rock & roll) is the same genre as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who or say, The Doors? (rock)
Posted by Czherzhonovitchev on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 21:02pm
Czherzhonovitchev...if you read my comment, then you already know the answer so why ask??? Of course it's the same thing!!! Also, if you'd bother to look, the only country performers inducted are early influences to Rock, there aren't any recent performers, nor should there be. To me, rap/hip-hop have roots to Rock but I'm not sure it's strong enough to induct any of them over Alice Cooper, etc..., who should've been inducted a long time ago.
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 00:10am
What on earth are you talking about??? Rock...short for Rock & Roll...case closed!!!
Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 05:26am
Seems to be a lot of discussion on this site about country in the RRHOF recently. I think country artists who contributed to rock and roll should go in, others shouldn't. Same thing applies to rap. I don't know if Willie had much contribution to rock as opposed to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams (who are both in). I say let country artists in after all the deserving rock artists are in first (which is not gonna happen)
Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 11:45am
Keebord...you're absolutely right. Country has its own HOF, which you'll find very few Rock stars. Johnny Cash and Hank Williams did have an impact on early Rock (Bill Monroe was inducted, which is ridiculous because the only contribution I can think of that he made was Elvis' version of "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"...which he hated...until he got the royalty checks, I would imagine). Outside of a few country artists trying to present themselves like rock stars, the two genres have very little in common.
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 12:06pm
Willie is really country. I think the only way he could see himself into the RRHOF is due to the fact that he worked with numerous rock musicians. But I can't see that getting him in as a performer
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:22pm
Willie Nelson had some great songs, but he's a country artist not a rock artist. I have to say no, but it's good he's in the country hall of fame.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:48pm
Willie belongs in more than a certain female inductee in the class of 2008. Unlike her, Willie actually HAS had influence upon rock'n'roll musicians. Most of it's his love affair with weed, but his music itself has also actually prevailed upon later rock musicians.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:55pm
Philip, he's in the country music hall of fame. If he's get in a rock n roll hall of fame then KISS gets in the Country music hall of fame(Garth Brooks lists them as an influence), but that makes no sense.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:01pm
Garth Brooks lists KISS as an influence? That IS odd.
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:04pm
Right, and I respect that opinion, but again, the Country Hall Of Fame requires that you be a country musician yourself. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame does not require that you yourself have been a rock'n'roll musician. It's a broader brush than that. In that persepective, an argument could be made for Willie.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:05pm
I looked him up, his name was Kubbet and his rantings can be found on the Guns N' Roses page
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:07pm
Garth Brooks even covered "Hard Luck Women" for a KISS tribute album.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:13pm
If there ever IS a Rap And Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame, it's up to them whether or not they implement a "Must-Have Been A Hip-Hop Artist" rule for eligibility. If they don't, he's fair game. If they do, I suspect they'll also have a separate category for those who non-rappers who were heavily sampled. If so, Billy Squier has a good chance.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:31pm
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 19:17pm
Yeah, unfortunately, the Rock Hall has already inducted artists who weren't rock, so that argument is moot. Really, you could make an argument for KISS in the Country hall, but they'd ask not to be inducted, too.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 19:35pm
There are also several Blues artists (Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to name two) who have been inducted as "performers" when it would have made more sense to induct them as "Early Influence"
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 19:48pm
Again... their music did NOT predate Rock'n'Roll, therefore, they should not be inducted as Early Influences... not to mention, to the Nominating Committee, blues IS rock'n'roll.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:05pm
I see your point Philip, but the Blues Hall of Fame doesn't have any non-blues acts in it. Just like the Country Hall of Fame has no non-country acts in it. Yet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the only Hall of Fame that inducts act who don't belong to the genre of Rock & Roll or any of its affiliiations. Therefore, it seems to have become more of a Music or Popular Music Hall of Fame. (The term "Popular" is pretty broad)
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:18pm
Seems that the only major criteria for the Blues Hall of Fame is to be "rooted in a blues genre style." So basically, no non-blues acts allowed. This is in contrast to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose criteria doesn't say anything about actually playing rock & roll
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:21pm
Seriously... does no one else see the inherent and intrinsic connection between blues and rock? I listen to B.B. King and I hear rock'n'roll in his cords. Same with Muddy Waters and Albert King. In addition to blues, they did blues-rock, and that's a large part of why they're being considered. If you don't hear anything rock'n'roll in their songs... I don't know what I could say then.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:23pm
*in his chords... sorry.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:25pm
The blues was rock n roll influence not the genre itself. I'm gald the country music HoF is smart enough to only induct it's own genre.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:31pm
Again, how are you defining rock'n'roll? And, I'd say that most of the blues players who've been inducted played blues-rock as well as straight-up blues.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:37pm
"The barn door's already been opened, the horse is out. I'm just trying to discuss within the parameters that they're playing by. I'm not gonna waste time decrying them for they should be but aren't."-Philip
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:42pm
Why don't we let a couple of Australian boys by the name of AC/DC tell us how this whole Rock n Roll thing got started? Shall we.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:47pm
What rules did they break? There's never been a rule saying the artist must be a rock'n'roll artist. They can't break the rule if it's not a rule.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:48pm
Every other music hall of fame has stuck to the genre that it was name after. The hall's title is false advertisment.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 21:10pm
From a musician's point of view, a lot of rock is 12-bar blues. I've heard rock referred to as "high octane blues and country" on more than one occasion...especially when the reference is to rock's infancy. I think that rock actually put the exclaimation point on the blues...there was more attitude and emotion to rock. A lot of the old bluesmen weren't all that convincing in the words they were singing. On the other hand, Big Mama Thornton belted out "Hound Dog" with the same conviction as Elvis, or Muddy Waters trying to convince us that his "Mojo" was workin'...and I think that's where the rock influence came from. The really great bluesmen were very emotional. There was a bridge to an unknown land that needed to be gapped...
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 21:17pm
"What rules did they break? There's never been a rule saying the artist must be a rock'n'roll artist. They can't break the rule if it's not a rule." - Philip
Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 07.9.09 @ 12:12pm
No Keebord, I'm not addressing you. Dude Man hasn't really given me a working definition of what rock'n'roll really is. For my money, all inductees, with the exception of about 5 or so, can and do pretty much fit under the umbrella of rock'n'roll. Rock'n'roll isn't just AC/DC, Beatles, Zeppelin, etc. The blues that BB played, and Muddy, and even Albert, that's rock'n'roll. The powerhouse sounds of Martha And The Vandellas, the pleading vocals of the Dells' "Stay In My Corner", the doo-wopping tones of the Diamonds... all rock'n'roll.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 14:36pm
Philip, I see nothing wrong with Keebord taking part in this conversation. Everybody has the right to have an opinion.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 15:01pm
I'm not trying to keep Keebord out... Just letting him know my comments were not necessarily directed at what he said earlier.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 15:54pm
"Why don't I just say rock n roll is what it is. Rock is short for rock n roll."
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 16:05pm
I think that for some acts, their presence in the Country Music Hall of Fame (which predates the Rock Hall by almost 20 years) leaves no immediate rush to induct them in the Rock Hall. yes, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are in both, but Cash is regarded as the Country King, and Hank Williams was one of the originals. Willie was inducted into the Country Hall in 1993. Other acts in both incoude Everly Brothers and Brenda Lee.
Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.8.09 @ 09:05am
Some interesting discussion on this page that I have (like usual) arrived too late to contribute to. I'll try and give my two cents anyways. Whenever there seems to be a page for a country artist popping up on this site (Brooks, Haggard, etc), there always seems to be a comparison to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. "Well Cash and Williams are in so why not ____." The problem with this logic is that Williams was inducted as an Early Influence and most of the artists who people are comparing him to (like Willie Nelson here for example) don't fit the EI criteria as they didn't predate rock and roll, so there goes that argument. As for Cash, well yes, he's in as a Performer and yes, he considered himself a country musician but some his work (especially his early work) either crossed over or blurred the lines between country and Rockabilly (the early style of rock and roll). Plus, Cash was influential to many important names in rock and roll, the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen to name just one. Other than Johnny Cash, there are very few country musicians who are that significant to rock and roll (In fact off the top of my head I think only Glen Campbell has a really good shot, but that's as a sideman because he was a member of the Wrecking Crew). Willie Nelson? Though he's a legendary country performer and I love a lot of his work, I really don't see how he would fit in, I still wouldn't be surprised if the Hall picks him though.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 10:01am
In the history of music, there is:
Posted by howard fein on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 11:52am
Howard thats incredibly stupid and narrow minded.
Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 12:41pm
when the nukes fall, all the cockroaches will at least have SOME human company -- Willie Nelson and Lemmy Kilmister, sparking doobies, playing dominos, and trying their damnedest to harmonize "Whiskey River" -- even though neither can quite remember the lyrics . . .
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 23:53pm
"In the history of music, there is:
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 02.16.11 @ 06:49am
Here's an article that says Willie Nelson made the semi-final list for the Hall back in 2000.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 12:25pm
Willie Nelson's case for the RRHOF is a complicated one. He's covered many rock 'n' roll songs (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and Midnight Rider to name two), has performed with many rockers (Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, etc.) and has crossver appeal to rock music fans. However, that doesn't necessarily make his music rock 'n' roll. Plenty of other musicians outside rock 'n' roll have collaborated with RNR musicians, like Frank Sinatra and Garth Brooks, but that doesn't necessarily make them rockers.
Posted by Zach on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 22:49pm
Damn! I pressed the "Submit Comment" button too early!
Posted by Zach on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 22:54pm
I saw Willie Nelson in Murray, KY a couple nights ago (along with Alison Krauss) and I was more than blown away. Despite of what you may have heard or read about him, Willie is showing no signs of slowing down. He put on a very amazing energetic performance that lasted over an hour and a half. Given he has put out more than 50 albums and over a 1000 songs, he played the right songs that set everyone's mood. Sure, some people may think he's crazy and loony and all, but he doesn't give a rats what anyone thinks and he does what he apparently loves through it all.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 05.23.14 @ 17:00pm
Cool, Jason! What an act to see. I'll bet Alison was kicking ass too.
Posted by Paul in KY on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 11:05am
Just wondering, Paul, are you going to Bonnaroo? I am again this year.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 16:59pm
Yes, Jason I am. Really stoked about the 'undercard' this year. Looking forward (in no particular order) to Polica, White Denim, Janelle Monae, Vampire Weekend, Mastadon, King Khan & the Shrines, Cage the Elephant (top priority on weekend), Slightly Stoopid, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Fitz & tyhe Tantrums, Arctic Monkeys, Little Dragon & Elton John. Plus others!
Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 05.27.14 @ 12:47pm
That would be great. Just so we won't get in trouble I'll leave my email here: email@example.com
Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 05.27.14 @ 20:09pm
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings should be put in. They have done as much for music country and rock as anybody.
Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 07.22.15 @ 04:10am
Saw Willie Nelson close out the 1st Pilgrimage Music Fest in Franklin, TN (bedroom community South of Nashville). He & his band (which includes his little sister) gave a fine performance. Played a medley of Hank Williams Sr. songs, in addition to his own. What a honeyed voice! I will tell you, that if you want to see him, better go as he's not getting any younger.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 09.30.15 @ 07:59am
That's interesting stuff there, Paul! Of the many concerts I've attended, I have never seen or heard a performer/headliner get cut off. To me that's bull, unless the community/city had strict curfew rules. But you know. I saw him last year at Murray State and he sounded so golden (they say he works better when he's high). I also went into his museum in Nashville a month later.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 09.30.15 @ 14:33pm
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.15.15 @ 05:37am
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