The new Illinois Rock & Roll Museum announces their first Hall of Fame class. Did they get it right?
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Illinois is getting a new museum to celebrate the music and the artists from the state. Located in Joliet, the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum is expected to open sometime this summer. If you have a music museum, you need musicians to honor. Let’s take a look at who was elected to the first Hall of Fame class:
It’s a nice mix of different genres of music. My major complaint is no one from the world of soul music is represented. Curtis Mayfield is a big miss! How about Chaka Khan or Minnie Ripperton?
Is there anyone else that should have been in this class? Where’s Wilco and Smashing Pumpkins? Willie Dixon wrote most of the songs that made Chess Records and the Chicago blues scene famous. Others worthy of being honored include Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Howlin’ Wolf, Dan Fogelberg, Barry Goldberg, The Cryan’ Shames and The New Colony Six. Maybe in class number two!
There will be other inductions for non-performers. They include WLS Radio, Chess Records, Thirsty Whale, Larry Lujack and Dick Biondi.
The induction takes place on March 29. For more information on the museum, here’s their website roadtorock.org
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