2018 Freaks Hall Election Round 2 – Golden Era Ballot

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

Welcome to the second round of our class of 2018 Freaks Hall election. In this round, we are voting on artists and groups who made their recorded debut before 1968.

HOW TO VOTE:

Below is a list of 25 nominees. Select up to ten (minimum five) and send your choices to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com to have them counted. The top five vote getters in our election will join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall as part of our class of 2018 with the winners from rounds one and three. POLLS CLOSE AT NOON EST ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

I’ve linked each to their Wikipedia entry.

Nominees:

Hasil Adkins

Davie Allan

The Barbarians

Ronnie Dawson

The Easybeats

Esquerita

Charlie Feathers

Nicky Hopkins

Moby Grape

The Monks 

The Move

The Music Machine

The Rationals

Doug Sahm

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs   

The Shadows of Knight

The Standells

Screaming Lord Sutch

Rufus Thomas

The Trashmen

The Turtles

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Andre Williams

Larry Williams 

Sonny Boy Williamson 

The Standells

Danny Fields, Tom Wilson Elected to Freaks Hall Class of 2018

Pristine Condition and Danny Fields in the documentary Danny Says.

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and with round one complete for the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class, we are proud to announce our inductees in the Contributor category for this year. Two names finished on top and they will join our round two and three inductees in the 2018 class.

Danny Fields’ career has spanned more than five decades as a music journalist, manager, and publicist. He signed the MC5 and the Stooges to Elektra Records and the Ramones to Sire. Early in his career, he wrote the article in Datebook magazine that launched the controversy about John Lennon’s quote calling the Beatles “more popular than Jesus.” He was a DJ on WFMU in the late 60s, and was Elektra’s publicist for the Doors. In 2015, a documentary about his life and career, Danny Says, premiered at South by Southwest.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson was an American record producer who worked behind the boards for artists like the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Mothers of Invention, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Soft Machine, and the Blues Project as well as jazz greats like Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, and Eddie Harris. As a staff producer at Columbia records, he helmed several of Dylan’s key albums, including The Times They Are A-Changin’, Another Side of Bob Dylan, and Bringing It All Back Home. He signed the Mothers of Invention to Verve Records and produced their groundbreaking debut, Freak Out. While at Verve, he also produced The Velvet Underground and Nico. Wilson died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in 1978, aged 47.

Next up will be round two of the Freaks Hall class of 2018 election, our “Golden Era” ballot, which will feature groups and artists who debuted before 1968. Stay tuned for more details!

2018 Freaks Hall Election, Round 1 – Contributor’s Ballot

Danny Fields (right), with Andy Warhol and Lou Reed

Welcome to the first round of our class of 2018 Freaks Hall election. In this first round, we are voting on people who contributed to the history of rock ‘n’ roll in their own unique ways – record producers, disc jockeys, venue owners, label owners, rock journalists, and others who worked behind the scenes.

HOW TO VOTE: 

Below is a list of ten nominees. Select up to five (minimum three) and send your choices to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com to have them counted. The top two vote getters in our election will join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall as part of our class of 2018 with the winners from rounds two and three. POLLS CLOSE AT NOON EST ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29.

I’ve linked each to their Wikipedia entry or another informational link.

Nominees: 

Rodney Bingenheimer 

Danny Fields

Hilly Kristal

Pete “Mad Daddy” Myers

Murray the K.

D.A. Pennebaker

John Sinclair

Guy Stevens

Paul Williams

Tom Wilson

Paul Williams