Rock Hall finally inducts Tina Turner, Billy Preston, Carole King, Gil Scott Heron, Charley Patton, Todd Rundgren


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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame corrected a few mistakes last night at their annual induction ceremony in Cleveland.

They eventually welcomed Tina Turner, Billy Preston, Carole King, Gil Scott Heron, Todd Rundgren and Charley Patton.

Rundgren didn’t bother to introduce himself or upload a video, but he’s him. Hello? It’s him. He didn’t see the light.

Tina could not travel from Switzerland. This morning on Twitter, she wrote: “As you can certainly see from my beaming smile: I am delighted to be now officially inducted into the @rockhall as a solo artist. What an honor! I am grateful to so many people who have supported me throughout my trip here – especially you, dear fans. Keep rocking ”

Billy Preston, the fifth Beatle, was inducted by Ringo Starr via video. Paul McCartney, who was there to induct the Foo Fighters, did not get involved in this, although he did play a little “Get Back” apparently at the end of the night – well after midnight – with Dave Grohl.

Keith Urban had to replace Bryan Adams, whose COVID test came back positive at the last minute. Speak fortuitously! And Keith brought his wife Nicole Kidman, who has filed the event a million times.

Other inductees were Jay Z, we won’t go into that, and LL Cool J, again, the whole Hall of Fame idea turns into a Music Hall of Fame. LL Cool J’s best song was “I Need Love”. No one ever talks about it.

This ceremony cleaned up a lot of old stuff for the RRHOF. The new CEO John Sykes, succeeding Jann Wenner, now deceased, corrects many wrongs. Next year, hopefully we’ll see Carly Simon, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Carla and Rufus Thomas, the late Mary Wells of Motown, J Geils Band (now an embarrassing situation) and Sting as a solo artist. And, of course, Chubby Checker.


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid-1990s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and wrote for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, The New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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