Donna Summer and Chic are both up for induction this year.
Though artists like The Bee Gees, The O’Jays and ABBA, who have been
influenced by disco, have made their way into the Hall of Fame no
straight ahead disco acts have ever been inducted. But that may change
Summer is known as the Queen of Disco thanks to her songs like “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance.” The singer, who passed away in May, had nineteen #1 Dance hits between ’75 and 2008, second only to Madonna.
With records like that to her name, it’s surprising that Summer hasn’t already been inducted into the Hall. Elton John also questioned this fact in an interview with E! News earlier this year.
“Her records sound as good today as they ever did,” John said. “That
she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a
total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has
In hopes to maybe stop fan favorites from being overlooked, this year
the Hall of Fame is letting music lovers have a small say in who gets
From now until December 5, fans can vote at the Hall Of Fame’s website for
the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will
comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the more than 600
ballots that determine the Class of 2013. The results will be announced
Chic is also a favorite with music fans,
making their mark with ”Le Freak” and “Good Times.” Though they were
considered a “disco band” early on, the New York-based ensemble ended up
pushing the boundaries of the genre, adding elements of soul and funk
to their sound. Later on they even influenced early hip-hop artists like
the Sugar Hill Gang and recorded beats for P Diddy.
Although rock fans have a complicated history with disco, Chic’s Nile Rodgers and
Summer have managed to straddle the two music worlds. Rodgers has
produced albums for rock and roll icons like Mick Jagger and David Bowie
while Summer’s 1982’s self-titled U.S. debut was produced by Quincy
Jones and featured Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan and many American rockers.
Other artists on the ballot this year include Rush, Deep Purple,
Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Randy Newman and The
Marvelettes. Check out the full list of nominees here.
The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held April
18, 2013 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles (the first time it’s being
held in L.A. since 1993), and it will air at a later date on HBO.
– Brian Ives, CBS Local