21 years ago today, a crowd of over 10,000 people – including more than a few rock ‘n’ roll VIPs – gathered together for the dedication ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had been a long time coming, something that had been long discussed but which took an extended period of time to actually bring to fruition, and when it finally did, there were plenty of people ready to celebrate the fact that it had. Michael R. White, mayor of Cleveland, took the stage while Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” played, repeatedly trumpeting, “We did it!” He also made a point of noting how many jokes were made at Cleveland’s expense during the process of trying to make the dream of having a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame into a reality, saying, “Today we’re telling the whole world that we’ve got what it takes and we’re doing it. We ought to be proud of what we’ve accomplished today, but we ought to also tell everybody who will listen, ‘Baby, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
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31 years ago today, Dire Straits ascended to the pinnacle of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart with a whole lot of help from a song extolling the virtues of rock stardom, specifically the ability to “get your money for nothing and your chicks for free.”
41 years ago today, Harry Casey – that’s KC to you – and his Sunshine Band did a little dance, made a little love, and got up to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of five times in their career to date.
20 years ago this week, Robyn Hitchcock returned from something resembling self-imposed retirement and unleashed his debut album for Warner Brothers.
After concluding his contract with A&M Records with the release of his 1993 album, RESPECT, Hitchcock laid low for a bit, ostensibly because of the death of his father, and when he resurfaced a few years later, he was signed to Warner Brothers and sans his longtime backing group, The Egyptians.
36 years ago today, Jethro Tull released their 13th album, but if things had gone in the manner in which they’d been originally planned, then the material contained therein would’ve instead seen release as Ian Anderson’s solo debut.