Joe Cocker and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Recently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced five acts that make up the performers who will be inducted for 2016. They are: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Steve Miller.

While I can’t claim to be terribly familiar with N.W.A., the others, In my opinion, are all worthy of induction. However I must admit that the overlooking of Joe Cocker – yet again – is something that baffles me.

One theory is that Cocker did not compose his own material, but instead did cover versions of others’ songs. The fact that he became legendary interpreting these songs, often overshadowing the original, seems lost on the Hall of Fame people.

The category is ‘performers’, not ‘performers of original material’. Does singing a song written by another somehow affect one’s ability to perform? I think not.

Sadly should the Hall of Fame selection body come to its senses and induct Cocker it will now be done posthumously.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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