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TO THE MEMBERS OF TSMC: NOMINATIONS FOR MALE ARTIST (Nov. '13)
To the members of The Soul Music Community (TSMC):

Here are the top 10 Hall of Fame nominations for Male Artist:

1. B.B. KING
2. PRINCE
3. LIONEL RICHIE
4. GENE CHANDLER
5. KEITH SWEAT
6. FREDDIE JACKSON
7. BABYFACE
8. JERMAINE JACKSON
9. JOE SIMON
10. JOHNNY GILL

Members, it’s easy to look at B.B. King as a Blues artist and disqualify him for induction in a Hall of Fame recognizing Soul music, but that is easily a stupid move. At the height of his lengthy career (late 60s to late 70s), King successfully blended the Blues with R&B to start a new chapter in Soul music. This would help him to crossover into the #1 Pop charts with his biggest hit ever, “The Thrill Is Gone”, and reaffirm his status as one of the most important figures of R&B and Soul music at that time. And he continues to be an important Soul music legend ever since.

B.B. King, along with the recently-deceased Bobby “Blue” Bland (another Soul artist the members choose to ignore) are the pioneers of Blues & Soul music, and Mr. David Nathan’s countless interviews with these 2 icons confirms these facts. Thankfully, B.B. King is still with us (at 88 years old) and it wouldn’t hurt the misinformed, highly-uneducated members of TSMC to nominate him.

Remember this fact, Members: if it didn’t bother you to nominate JAZZ singers into the “SOUL MUSIC” Hall of Fame (Marlena Shaw, Will Downing, Nancy Wilson, etc.),
it really shouldn’t hurt your pride to nominate someone whom some of you merely consider just another Blues artist, even though B.B. King has proven himself to be much, much more than that.
Entered By: earlthethird
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Entered By: jogamble
Friday, December 13, 2013
Where is Phil Perry he has paid his dues for 40 years, and still going Strong. Johnny Gill,Keith Sweat, Really? Too Soon, keep R & B Real 1960's to 1980's
Entered By: earlthethird
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
@jogamble I agree that Phil Perry is a fine singer, but artists shouldn’t get inducted into the Hall of Fame just because they “paid their dues”. They should get inducted based on any significant contributions they made to Soul music. Mr. Perry had a handful of minor hits with his first group, The Montclairs (1972-74), then spent the next 17 years doing various session work alongside recording with his 2nd group, Perry & Samlin (who had no hits), then went solo in 1991, & scored his only hit, a remake of Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me”. That may be good enough for an award, but a HALL OF FAME INDUCTION?? I don’t think so, at least not right now. Meanwhile, for you to say that it’s too soon for Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat to be selected is ABSURD!! These 2 guys have contributed much more to the legacy of Soul & R&B, both as artists and as members of top-selling groups. They had many more hits, had their own distinct styles that has influenced other singers, and helped bring a new generation of young people into Soul music at a time when Hip-Hop was dominating Black music, and that’s how you “keep R&B real.” (By the way, they also began their careers in the 1980s, so your “too soon” defense is pointless.) But regardless, if you really want to “keep R&B real”, you and the other members have to be more open-minded by voting for the artists that truly qualify for the Hall of Fame. And for the record, B.B. King has “paid his dues” for the past 62 YEARS!! If the members nominate him, that would really “keep R&B real”. Isn’t that what you want?
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