Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vote in the first People's Rock Hall Sidemen Election!

Sidemen Election nominees the Funk BrothersThis month, the People's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating a milestone, as we begin our 20th election.  As a way of celebrating this "anniversary", we will begin having special elections which will occur on a rotating basis starting this month. Before we have our regular three week election period, we will have a special one-week period where we vote on one of four different categories. This time around we are looking at sidemen and session musicians. In coming months, we'll also vote on songwriters, "oldies" artists who need a second look, and non-performers. After doing votes on all four, we go back to sidemen again. Anyone elected in these special elections will join that class of inductees as a full member of the People's Rock Hall.Our first 15 nominees for the sidemen election are listed below along with a brief explanation of why they are noteworthy. You will probably notice that some noted sidemen who emerged in the mid/late 60s onward are not on this list. Since this is our first sidemen election, we are starting with those who were active in the early years of rock 'n' roll, and will add some later names when we cycle back again to our next sidemen election. So all you Mick Ronson, Mike Bloomfield, and Nicky Hopkins fans, don't worry, they'll get a shot next time around.HOW TO VOTE: Below is a list of fifteen candidates for the People's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Select up to six of them (minimum three) and post your ballot either in the comments section of this post or on the People's Rock Hall Facebook page. Any artists who are named on more than 50% of the ballots counted will join our 20th class of inductees.Polls close on Monday, June 1 at 9 am EST.Nominees for our first Sidemen election: Lee Allen - Legendary New Orleans axophonist, played with Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, the Stray Cats, the Blasters, and many others.Mickey "Guitar" Baker - Guitarist, played on virtually every hit released by the Atlantic, Savoy, and King labels in the 1950s. Also performed with Sylvia Robinson as Mickey & Sylvia.The Blue Moon Boys - Elvis Presley's backing band on his Sun Sessions, his Louisiana Hayride appearances, and many of his RCA recordings.James Burton - Guitarist, played with Ricky Nelson, Dale Hawkins, Elvis Presley, and many others.The Funk Brothers - Group of Detroit musicians who performed on virtually every Motown hit from 1959 to 1972.Johnnie Johnson - Pianist who recorded with Chuck Berry and was the uncredited co-writer and arranger of many Berry hits.King Curtis - Saxophonist, played with the Coasters, Buddy Holly, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, and many others, including a host of Atlantic Records artists, while also having a successful career as a solo artist.Little Walter - Harmonica player who, in addition to being a successful solo artist, played in the most famous version of the Muddy Waters band, recorded with many other Chess label and Chicago blues artists, and revolutionized blues harmonica.The Memphis Horns - Primarily Wayne Jackson (trumpet) and Andrew Love (tenor sax), appeared on nearly every record recorded at the Stax studio that required a horn section. Continued to record as session men with a wide range of artists into the 21st century.The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Aka "The Swampers", Alabama-based group who have played on more than 75 gold and platinum hits, including records by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Alexander, Percy Sledge, the Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Elton John, Etta James, and many others.Earl Palmer - Drummer who has been widely credited with creating the seminal rock 'n' roll backbeat. Has played with Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jan & Dean, the Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys, Ike & Tina Turner, the Monkees, Tom Waits, and many, many more.Ian Stewart - Pianist who was the unofficial sixth member of the Rolling Stones from their formation in 1962 until his death in 1985. Also played with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.Hubert Sumlin - Guitarist, most known for his association with Howlin' Wolf.Sam "The Man" Taylor - Saxophonist, a major contributor to the evolution of the saxophone's use in early rock 'n' roll, played on countless New York City sessions in the 1950s, played with Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, the Drifters, and many others.The Wrecking Crew - Group of Los Angeles-based musicians who played on many Phil Spector and Beach Boys hits, as well as with the Mamas and the Papas, the Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel, the Byrds, Love, and many others.Sidemen Election nominee Little Walter

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