Dreamboat Annie was Heart's debut album. It was released in 1976. 2001 was the first year they were eligible for induction. 11 years later they finally make it into the Hall. A female solo artist is inducted this year and that's another problem.
Donna Summer. Donna's not rock but most of the inductees aren't either. She qualifies in that she was an innovator in popular music (based on the inductees, it really should be The Popular Music Hall of Fame). But my beef is Donna is dead. When she was alive, they couldn't induct her. A large number of the very small number of women in the Hall were inducted after they died. Donna's been eligible since 2000. She passed away last May. I think, if asked, she would have voiced her preference to be inducted when she was alive.
Now someone will whine, "Albert King's dead!" And many will say, "Who?" Exactly. Another blues guitarist who had no strong impact on rock or even popular music.
Tina Turner is not in the Hall as a solo artist. She turned 73 last month. When does the Hall intend to induct her? Linda Ronstadt is not in the Hall, Cher is not in the Hall, Carly Simon is not in the Hall, Roberta Flack is not in the Hall, there are all these women who have had a huge impact on music who are not in the hall but we see yet another year where there are six slots and women make up one or two. (It's two this year.)
Randy The Eternal Whine Newman is being inducted. For Toy Story? I have no idea. He's a lousy songwriter, he's always been a lousy songwriter, he's an annoying singer.
Again, good for Ann and Nancy Wilson. They deserve it. They've deserved it for many years now. And thank goodness that, unlike poor Donna Summer, they're going to be able to take part in the festivities. But this is ridiculous. Year after year, women are ignored.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"