This Mod-Soul anthem, with some of rock n roll’s finest swirling keyboard playing (R.I.P. Ian McLagan), was actually intended for soul singer P.P. Arnold to perform, but Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane loved it so much that they kept the song for themselves and had Arnold sing backup. In a 1997 Mojo readers’ poll, the song was voted as one of the top ten best singles of all time, ahead of any songs by The Rolling Stones or The Who.
Each year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a group of worthy musical acts, and this year’s class has some big names. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, Donovan, The Small Faces (otherwise known as The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood), and Laura Nyro will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The award ceremony will be held on April 14 and will be televised on HBO sometime in May.
This is an impressive group of musicians, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion. The band members have been talking over the years about getting back together – the original lineup hasn’t played together since 1990 – and this ceremony might be all the band needs to bury the hatchet and get back together. Let’s see if Axel Rose and Slash can actually kiss and make up though.
In order to be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music act must have released its first record at least twenty-five years ago.