My 5th inductee of 2023, in my Doyle’s Space Music Hall of Fame, and my 17th inductee overall is The Eagles.
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. They are known for their harmonies, intricate guitar work, and well-crafted songwriting. Glenn Frey and Don Henley first met in 1970 when they were hired as session musicians for Linda Ronstadt’s backing band.
My 4th inductee this year (2023) and my 16th overall was created by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan, who were members of the band The Move.
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is a British rock band that was formed in Birmingham, England in 1970. The group was created by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan, who were members of the band The Move at the time. The idea for the Electric Light Orchestra was to fuse classical music with rock and roll, creating a unique sound that would set them apart from other bands of the era.
My first inductee(s) for my Songwriters Award is Lennon and McCartney, John Lennon’s 2nd time and Paul McCartney’s 3rd time into Doyle’s Space Music Hall of Fame.
Lennon and McCartney complemented one another as personalities and as musicians. McCartney’s melodic facility smoothed over some of Lennon’s rougher edges. Lennon’s grit added texture and leavened some of McCartney’s more saccharine tendencies.
Chicago’s songs combine elements of classical music, jazz, R&B, and pop music. They were formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1967. Chicago began writing politically charged rock music and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
My second 2023 inductee, 14th overall, is Sir Paul McCartney. He is the first to be in my hall twice, once for The Beatles and now for his post-Beatle career.
The Beatles’ bassist, vocalist, and songwriter would continue solo beginning in 1970 at the sign of the break-up of the band. He would release his first LP, McCartney, a month before the release of The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be. The album, rich with experimentation, has McCartney performing all instruments and vocals himself, aside from some backing vocals performed by Linda McCartney. It also contained the song, “Maybe I’m Amazed”.
And so castles made of sand slips into the sea, eventually
My lucky 13th inductee, 1st for 2023, is one of the greatest guitar players ever. James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) was born at 10:15 a.m. on November 27, 1942, at Seattle’s King County Hospital.
My first inductee for a Gummy Award is The Archies (band) who first appeared in the comic book, Life with Archie #60 (April 1967). The Andy Hardy movies were an inspiration for John L. Goldwater to have a comic book about a relatable normal person. Teenaged Archibald “Chick” Andrews debuted with Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones in Pep Comics #22 (Dec. 1941), in a story by writer Vic Bloom and artist Bob Montana. In 1967, inspired by the success of the 1966 TV series The Monkees, Don Kirshner wanted a musical act that he could fully control.
I’ll be inducting some of the pioneers of bubblegum music and awarding them “Gummy Awards”.
One of my favorite types of music has always been Bubblegum. I remember getting Mother to take me to the Sandy Springs, Georgia, K-Mart (the closest one to Alpharetta at the time) to buy the first Archies album on its release day.
And the long grass blows in the evening cool
And August’s rare delight may be April’s fool
But think not of that, my love
I’m tight against the seam
And I’m growing up to meet you down on velvet green
Jethro Tull is a British rock band formed in Blackpool, England, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock and jazz fusion, the group’s bandleader, founder, primary composer, and only constant member is Ian Anderson, a multi-instrumentalist who mainly plays flute and acoustic guitar, and is also the lead vocalist.
People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
The Who, formed in London in 1964, is a British rock group among the most popular and influential bands of the 1960s and ’70s. Their contributions to rock music include the development of Marshall Stack, large PA systems, the use of the synthesizer, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by many hard rock, punk rock, power pop, and mod bands, and their songs are still regularly played.