Monday, April 16, 2012

wishin' & hopin'

Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) humorist, writer & lecturer

this past week cleveland was the location for the rock and roll hall of fame induction festivities. despite being the home of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum, this is only the third time that cleveland hosted the induction ceremony; the first year cleveland hosted was in 1997 and next in 2009.

however, to quote one of rock's best loved bards the times they are a-changin' - in 2007, the powers that be announced that cleveland will be home for the induction ceremony every three years - when not here, new york city is the the other location. unlike new york, in cleveland the event truly rocks -- in new york it is an exclusive vip-only gala; here the induction ceremony was open to the public (granted tickets sold out in a blink of an eye). not only that, but in cleveland the induction is a ten-day long celebration! what can i say cleveland rocks!

alas, i didn't attend any of the festivities - there were many. however if i'm still here in 2015, you can bet i'll be seeking out some of the induction week fun - all the reports i've heard from those that attended paint a picture of a mega good time!

12 performers were inducted this year, one artist was inducted as an early influence, and 4 individuals were included in the sidemen category - to see the full list go here.

since we are coming off rock hall mania, it is only fitting that today's song come from the lofty group of performers who have been inducted into the hall of fame.

today is the birthday of dusty springfield - born mary isobel catherine bernadette o'brien on 16 april 1939 - with a name that long no wonder she changed it. during the 1960s springfield's voice was ubiquitous and had 18 songs reaching the billboard hot 100 from 1964-1970. the portal states that some international polls consider springfield among the best female rock artists of all time.

springfield died in 1999, finally succumbing to the cancer which first emerged several years earlier. ironically she died on the very day she was scheduled to go to buckingham palace to receive her award as an officer, order of the british empire from queen elizabeth II. when knowledge of her hospitalization became known, arrangements were made and springfield received the award in a small ceremony in the hospital.

ten days after she died, springfield was scheduled to be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame; the induction took place as scheduled, sir elton john was among those who championed her inclusion in the hall of fame. others inducted that year include: billy joel, curtis mayfield, paul mccartney, del shannon, bruce springsteen, and the staple singers (for full list go here)

photo: casa mouse birdhouse and tree, 15 april 2012


Watson said...

What a great voice Dusty had! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I hope you do get to the next event in Cleveland.

Steve Reed said...

I got to know Dusty when she recorded with the Pet Shop Boys in the 1980s on "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" I went back to some of her old tunes and was blown away by her voice.