I am no great fan of Cleveland’s Rock Hall of Fame. I have taken two of my sons, aspiring musicians, there for their birthdays, and it is all right for what it is, though it is not very well organized. My real gripe is that it is very overpriced: tickets are $22, when it is really more like a $10 museum. And of course the whole thing is mostly hype, though one would have to be hardhearted to begrudge Cleveland, the poorest city in the country, whatever inklings of respect it may hope to attain by claiming, dubiously, the title of Rock Capitol.
That said, this weekend two of my favorite artists from the sixties, Laura Nyro and Donovan, are being inducted to the Rock Hall.
Laura Nyro never made the charts with anything she performed, though she wrote many hits for other artists. This is a shame, as in my opinion her restrained versions of her songs were superior to the Top Ten versions.
Donovan, of course, had many hit songs, though like most artists of the times his really good stuff was buried in his albums and are not well known. Here is one of them, and a song by the late Ms Nyro: