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150 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Candidates K-P
The Top 150 Candidates (Eligible artists who have yet to be inducted and are not among this year's nominees). Candidates names are in alphabetical order. (K through P)
(Note: DDD is not affiliated with the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame)
Written By: Sampson
QUALIFICATIONS (on a scale of 1-10)
10 - The Immortals
9 - Deserves To Be A First Ballot Lock
8 - Should Be Guaranteed An Induction
7 - An Eventual Induction Is Likely
6 - Should Be Nominated At Some Point
5 - Worthy Of At Least A Debate For A Nomination
4 - Not Insignificant, But Shouldn't Be Nominated
3 - No Business Being Debated By Committee
2 - No Business Being Even Mentioned
1 - No Business Visiting The Hall Of Fame Without a Ticket
Candidates A-C
Candidates C-F
Candidates F-K
Candidates K-P
Candidates P-S
Candidates T-Z
50 Unlikely Candidates
Sidemen Candidates
Early Influences
Outside Genre Possibilities
2012 Inductees
Inductees 1986-2012

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Among the most respected rap acts of their day, the two had made waves with a handful of singles dating back to 1986 before dropping their massively influential debut album, Road To Riches, in 1989. Innovative sonically, gifted storytellers, as well as boasting some of the freshest rhymes heard at that point, the duo continued their run into the early 90's before splitting. Though somewhat overshadowed by more successful artists of their own era, they were revered within hip-hop circles and more than held their own in the golden age of rap.
Qualifications: 5
Two words keep them an outside threat for enshrinement - unique influence. Groundbreaking use of electronics changed the face of popular music from the 70's onward. Their influence is well documented even as their music remains curiously unknown and a lack of mainstream familiarity is always dangerous to any artist's chances. Their notoriety will keep their candidacy afloat however, even though it probably won't ever be enough to get them in.
Qualifications: 5
Major Lance
One of the pillars of Chicago soul in the 60's Lance wracked up more than a dozen hits in that decade, two of which, "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", remain staples of the genre to this day. Yet the Windy City soul sound which was huge throughout the decade is woefully underrepresented in the Hall with only the Impressions making it so far, and so if they're searching for another candidate Lance fits the bill and is highly regarded by connoisseurs of the style.
Qualifications: 5
Cyndi Lauper
With one of the most impressive debut albums in rock history, "She's So Unusual", Lauper burst upon the scene in the mid-80's and seemed to signify the increasingly dominant presence of female stars that helped to define the era. Lauper's songwriting, her quirky personality and image made her stand out as something other than a media creation, but unlike her biggest competitor at the time Madonna, the hits dried up for Lauper after a few exhilerating years. Yet she had enough of them while on top to make her mark as one of the decade's most iconic figures.
Qualifications: 5
Huey Lewis & The News
Though today they get little respect Huey Lewis & The News were among the most dominant artists of the 80's, both in singles and albums, utilized the video form as well as anyone in MTV's early days, and they helped define the decade musically with their back-to-basics rock style. For too long voters have used image as a determining factor with some candidates, and Lewis, who once said it was hip to be square, may fall prey to that at first, but 12 Top Ten hits are too big to ignore forever and so they should get in eventually.
Qualifications: 7
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Lost amidst the general dismissal of the 80's and its various popular, but sometimes critically reviled subgenres, is one of the more interesting acts of the decade. Early advocates of the mixing of sung vocals with hip-hop beats, they scored a few huge hits, had major album success and a surprising amount of stealthy influence, then got ignored historically once their time had passed, as if none of it had occurred. Their producers, Full Force, spearheaded the soon to be dominant trend of a distinctive production-based sound that would see full bloom in the next decade within hip-hop.
Qualifications: 5
Little Feat
The Hall is noted for giving a recognized and respected figure they wish to honor an induction within a group that otherwise might have trouble even being mentioned for a nomination. Such could be the case with the late Lowell George who's Little Feat was among the more critically acclaimed groups of the 70's. Hugely admired within music circles but the general public is much less aware of them and with George's death decades back they might not be as appealing to voters. Still, they remain a decent long shot candidate.
Qualifications: 5
On the commercial side Love is among the least likely candidates for induction, as they were virtually unknown outside their Los Angeles home base, but the critical side makes them a constant threat. Their "Forever Changes" album is considered to be among the greatest ever released and frontman/songwriter Arthur Lee was one of the most inspired musical geniuses to emerge from the late 60's. Maybe a long shot based on sheer accomplishment but not without a chance thanks to their enduring lofty reputation.
Qualifications: 5
The Manhattans
One of the longer lasting vocal groups had hits in four decades, from the mid-60's to the 90's, and were a dominant force in the 70's when they scored their lone #1 hit on the Pop Charts, as well as 9 others that hit the Top Ten on the R&B Charts. They were widely respected over the years and have plenty of support from within the music community for at least a nomination. The fact that the style itself is still struggling to get the respect from voters it deserves makes their chances seem even more remote right now, but that could change.
Qualifications: 5
The Marvelettes
Motown groups tend to be lumped together by some to begin with and without a "big name" lead that people can instantly identify those groups often get viewed as faceless interchangeable cogs in the Motown machine. But it was the Marvelettes who put the label on the map with "Please Mr Postman", the first #1 pop hit the company had, which solidified Motown's standing considerably when they needed it most. Eight more Top Ten R&B Hits followed and they were one of the first - and most diverse sounding - female groups of note in rock 'n' roll which by rights should be more than enough. Long overdue.
Qualifications: 7
The MC5
Groundbreaking proto-punk band who's attitude defined the style to come. Like many in that sub genre they were without much commercial success but commanded a huge underground following with one near-immortal live album to their credit which launched their career. In the process they completely altered the image of Detroit music, which had been dominated by Motown's accessible style, but now took on a nastier edge thanks to them. Now that the Stooges have gotten in it bodes well for their own chances at recognition in the future.
Qualifications: 6
Thrash metal's leading exponents whose albums were all hugely successful, even without the crossover hits, something that plagues metal acts in general. For a style of rock that has been around as long as metal has and with consistent popularity it begs for more representation in the Hall of Fame, which after all is supposed to celebrate all forms of rock 'n' roll and would therefore be reasonably proportionate to those styles place in rock. Considering their history in neglecting so many rock styles it may seem unlikely that metal's chances overall will improve with time, but Megadeth remain an outside candidate to break the logjam eventually.
Qualifications: 6
Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes
One of the longest lasting groups out there, they began way back in 1954 and had only one very minor hit (in 1960) until the seventies when they exploded with the aptly titled smash "If You Don't Know Me By Now". Their rise coincided with the arrival of new lead singer Teddy Pendergrass, one of the 70s most distinctive voices, and while their fortunes faded after Pendergrass went solo in 1977, the group with him were solid performers and notched four hits that topped the R&B Charts. 
Qualifications: 6
The Steve Miller Band
Consistently popular throughout the 70's with radio friendly staples, Miller was also a fine guitarist and had more renowned early work that flew under the mainstream radar before breaking through with his space cowboy persona. A rock 'n' roll survivor on par with recent inductee Bob Seger, but with three #1 hits to Seger's one. The odds say he's got to be voted in at some point, but the unfair perception of him selling out for success hurts him in the minds of many.
Qualifications: 7
The Monkees
Don't laugh, the Monkees have more than enough success and plenty of influence in the rise of the video to be considered strong contenders under normal circumstances. The problem is their image, beginning with how they were formed for a TV show and the nagging belief that they were never authentic artists. Though accepted by the music community at the time (Hendrix opened for them, Neil Young and Steven Stills played with them, Lennon was a huge fan) their credibility today is non-existent. Probably have no chance with voters despite their actual credentials.
Qualifications: 7
The Moody Blues
Long lasting career with some fairly high peaks along the way, from their first Top Ten hit in 1965, through their strongest stretch in the early 70's when they scored consistently with singles and albums, and then another run in the 80's that saw them land some fairly big hits, the fact that they didn't dominate any era outright probably causes them to be slightly forgotten. They seem to epitomize the type of solid, but never spectacular, artists that the Hall will never even think of.
Qualifications: 5
Pioneers of speed metal which became a dominant form of the style following the heavier incarnations of the early 70's, gives them a large amount of influence. But relatively little commercial success to speak of and influence in a rock sub genre that is still widely ignored by the Hall voters doesn't make it likely they'll ever be considered let alone inducted, but they would be a daring choice from an establishment not known for making many of them.
Qualifications: 6
My Bloody Valentine
There have been relatively few artists to make the Hall of Fame for their influence alone and that's the ticket that My Bloody Valentine would have to punch in order to be considered. Among the premiere underground bands of the 80's whose experiments with noise and feedback inspired legions of followers that took the form into the heady days of the alternative revolution in the early 90's. My Bloody Valentine were perhaps the most accomplished in the studio of their cohorts, but they also gained a reputation as strong, if unusually distant, live act. A lack of notable crossover success remains their stumbling block to greater acclaim.
Qualifications: 5
New York Dolls
A very long shot with only influence as their hole card but if the history of 70's rock is accurately written then the Dolls will have to be mentioned early and often making their exclusion from even outside consideration for the Rock Hall seem strange. They're just the type of band that could find a surge of support in future years because of their uniqueness, but more of the earlier pioneering punk bands would have to get in first.
Qualifications: 5
The Ohio Players
If the sampling of their work can keep their name alive the Ohio Players might eventually get looked at. That it hasn't happened yet though isn't a good omen. One of the premiere 70's funk bands with some notoriously steamy album covers to boot, they began way back in the early 60's backing the Falcons and they managed to thrive well into the disco era, scoring two #1 hits, but in the years since they've had little mainstream recognition for their accomplishments. 
Qualifications: 5
Little Esther Phillips
From her start as the front-woman for Johnny Otis on three huge #1 R&B hits when she was still just 14 in 1950 to her first comeback in 1962 with the country-soul weeper "Release Me", and finally to her widely acclaimed jazzy blues albums in the 70's Phillips was the ultimate survivor and a great vocal interpreter. Probably has a slightly greater chance as an Early Influence, since it has less competition, but worth a look either way. She had a few early nominations (1986 & 1987), but hasn't gotten mentioned since.
Qualifications: 6
The Pixies
Considered by many to be the start of the alternative movement, the Pixies' influence alone should make them solid bets for eventual induction, even if their mainstream successwas extremely limited. Their musical blueprint, combining harsh abrasive sounds with melodic hooks, shook up the rock world with their debut LP "Surfer Rosa" and its follow-up "Doolittle" but it was left to the next wave of alternative bands to reap the commercial rewards of the style. Yet the Pixies were never relegated to obscurity as the bands who drew from them praised their work incessantly giving them enough renown to be familiar to even casual voters.
Qualifications: 7
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