It’s Shameful That Eddie Rabbitt Isn’t In The Hall Of Fame
I want to open this with a question.
Is the Country Music Hall of Fame voting purely political? Do you have to know someone special to be inducted? Do you have to, somehow, bow down to the Country Music gods to be considered, elected and inducted into these hallowed halls?
This isn’t about who’s in the Hall of Fame. The great names that grace these hall’s and wall’s are deserving of being there. The names are legendary…Williams, Frizzell, Owens, Haggard, Nelson, Acuff, Brooks, Twitty, Lynn, Parton, and on and on and on.
No, this is about who isn’t there….and why.
I’ve talked before (a lot!) about why Ronnie Milsap isn’t in the Country Music Hall of Fame. My goodness, about 40 #1 hit’s, millions of records sold, and by the way, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever interviewed. It’s simply a travesty that Ronnie isn’t there.
But this piece is about Eddie Rabbitt. Eddie’s not in the Hall of Fame despite the following credentials:
17 Number One Country Hits
The writer of such iconic classic’s as ‘Kentucky Rain’ for Elvis and ‘Pure Love’ for Ronnie Milsap’
A broadening of the Country Music base with such classic’s as ‘Every Which Way But Loose’, ‘I Love A Rainy Night’ and ‘Drivin’ My Life Away’
And there so many more reasons to have Eddie alongside Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride and Kitty Wells.
Born in the ‘hotbed’ of Country Music that is Brooklyn, New York, Eddie rose to the very highest reaches of the genre, first as a recognized exceptional writer and then as one of country music’s biggest star’s ever.
Eddie passed away in 1998 at the way too young age of 56. He may have been too young to realize what he had accomplished. So it’s up to us.
By the way, if you’d like to do a sort of research project, compare Eddie’s 17 #1′s to the artist’s enshrined in the Hall of Fame already. Now again, I’m not saying the people that are in the Hall don’t deserve to be there.
But Eddie does, too and perhaps more so than a number of artist’s already there.
The fact that he’s not is a crime and is shameful. Let’s hope the ‘powers-that-be’ will pull their heads out of…well, the sand…and enshrine and honor one of the all-time great’s in country music history.