The Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame has nominated 16 performers for this yr’s induction. There are at the moment 338 honorees. Little question a lot will probably be written concerning the deserves and demerits of every nominee.
You’ll have to go away me out of that dialogue. There are too many artists I don’t know in any respect, some had only a few hits, and there are a couple of who don’t appear to be rockers. My solely clear selection could be Tina Turner. Going additional would appear like politics, a topic I’ve prevented for all these a few years.
As a substitute, I began eager about the music Corridor of Famers who truly appeared in Geneva. There aren’t any listings that I do know of, and you wouldn’t anticipate many to play in a small metropolis. Our largest indoor venue solely seats 1,300 and alter. Nonetheless, we now have had our share of nice musicians — most, however not all, on the Geneva Theater/Smith Opera Home.
One man tops our native record. Let’s save him for later. My record consists of members of a band or duo who have been right here with out their total group.
For instance, Crosby, Stills and Nash weren’t right here, however David Crosby and Graham Nash every did a solo present on the Smith — and have been excellent. Nash can also be a member of the Corridor with the Hollies.
Martha and the Vandellas have been right here within the rain on the remaining Whale Watch. Martha Reeves and her associates from Detroit has us dancin’ on the street within the Nineteen Sixties. Billy Joel performed a solo present on the Smith. Some purists have been upset when he truly signed his title contained in the Steinway piano.
Half of Simon and Garfunkel was right here — not Paul, however Artwork. His solo efficiency was lower than inspiring. Visitors’s Dave Mason got here to the opera home with a special group. Charlie Thomas introduced his model of the Drifters to us — an authentic member of the band, he gave us a memorable night.
Grateful Lifeless artist Bob Weir was right here a few occasions with Rat Canine; I would like Greg Cotterill to advise if Phil Lesh or Mickey Hart was ever on the Smith stage. Hilton Valentine was right here. He performed guitar for the Animals and is revered for his work on “Home of the Rising Solar” method again in 1964.
Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, and the Ink Spots have been all at Membership 86 in the course of the supper membership days. All are within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, honored for his or her early affect on music.
I’ve heard Chuck Berry was at a Hobart School present, however couldn’t confirm it. Please let me know if there may be somebody I neglected.
Now, about that man I discussed earlier. They nonetheless name him “The Boss.” Bruce Springsteen and the E Road Band have been right here not as soon as, however 3 times — 1973, ’74 and ’75. That final present was the second cease of the “Born to Run” tour. We must always all be grateful that John Sebastian canceled his 1973 present right here — it paved the way in which for that little-known New Jersey child to fill in for him!
We must be proud. We have now hosted among the most well-known performers, and lots of of our native musicians have made vital contributions to the world of music.
A lifelong space resident, Chuck Agonito is a daily Instances columnist who writes typically about leisure and sports activities.