Who are these leaders in what was the beginning of classics we find ourselves humming and/or mouthing the words? They may not have been Inductees, but that was the era of gems that shaped future performers. That was the 60s.
Los Lobos, Tom Jones, The Four Seasons – “Sherry”
Johnny Rivers, Three Dog Night, Stevie Wonder – “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, Johnny Winter
Steve Winwood, Donovan – “Catch The Wind", Harry Nilsson, John Mayall
Steppenwolf, The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
The list not chosen includes artists that I enjoyed, but the list could go on a long stretch of road.
Why did I not put The Beatles up in the list? Now this is something that may cause gasps or disapproval:
I really do not like the Beatles.
In 1964, the Ed Sullivan brought them to national fame. I was 7th gr. and all the farm girls were giggly. They all "claimed" Paul (he wasn't married). I preferred George. He seemed more intelligent.
But after all the hullabaloo, I started listening to them and the lyrics. A few songs I liked, but there were only a few. (They didn't have the depth of soul, like Simon and Garfunkel or Lou Rawls.)