Friday, May 1, 2009

Tower of Power and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHOF)

The question of “Why Isn’t Tower of Power in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” often comes up in the Tower of Power fan community (blogs, message boards, discussions etc). Without going too deep into the reasons why the band itself has not been elected, it would seem to me at a minimum, the horn section should be elected in the category of “Sidemen”.

Just this week the Tower of Power web site published a list (compiled by Tower super fan Jack Silva) of recordings the “Horn Section” has played on over their 40 plus years (link to complete list). I took the liberty to do some research regarding these recordings. It seems that 36 of these albums have reached at least Gold status with the RIAA (The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry). These 36 recordings amount to total record sales of nearly 60 million Records (Vinyl, CD’s or other format). Listed below are the 36 recordings and there status with the RIAA:

Tower Of Power Horn Section Info

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I’m not sure exactly what the criteria is for entering the RRHOF but if record sales is a contributor, someone needs to wake up.

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